You were thinking that it's a perfect morning to make a trip to the masthead to change out the anchor/bow light, weren't you? (If you live on a boat, this is the way you think, unfortunately.)
I'll spare you the pictures from up there (it was breathtaking, as usual) - you've seen enough. But changing out a light fixture while you are 65 feet in the air... now that is something to think about. First order of business: Don't you dare drop anything. Not a tool, not a screw. I wonder if that is why my hands were shaking so much as I did the work... I do know that I think every move thru before I make it, and I move deliberately, very deliberately.
Earlier, while I was up the mast to reinstall the wind sensor, I took a look at the light fixture because only one of the two bulbs (LED's, actually) had been working. In fact I spent quite a bit of time fooling around with the bulb and socket, trying to get a connection that was solid. No luck. - there was significant corrosion. So I bought a new fixture, and this morning was the day to install it.
|Old fixture - high water mark|
|New fixture - drainage added|
So, obviously I made it down safely, the light fixture is working as it should, and I am enjoying a beer while I tell you all about it.
And that promise is fulfilled - it's a beautiful day!