Mike inspected the Standing rigging from the masthead down. Here you can see the Raymarine anometer and wind direction instrument, the VHF antenna, The LED tricolor navigation light, and the visual wind index. The little wire brush you see sticking up is supposed to be a lightening ground system but it's effectiveness is questionable at best.
Mike inspected every chainplate from top to bottom and yanked on it to make sure all was secure.
I was glad to learn that our auto pilot was connected to the rudder post independent of the quardrant. This is important in the event of a quardrant or wheel steering failure, then the auto pilot can be used as a first back up system before the need to use the emergancy tiller.