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Old 10-18-2014, 04:11 PM   #1
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10 Minute Boat Project

I acquired this Blue Sea USB charger from Amazon ($12.25) with the intention of replacing an unused Perko two prong 12 v plug on my bridge console. The top port is for my iPhone and the bottom one for my Samsung Android Tablet that contains my back up navigation app.

When I removed the Perko plug I noticed that the hole in the console needs to be much bigger for the new gadget. That means a trip to the hardware store to get a 1 3/16" hole saw and taking a vac to the bridge to clean up the mess.

It proves to once again that there is no 10 minute boat project that doesn't take all day.

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Old 10-18-2014, 04:16 PM   #2
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I recently installed a Whale Gulper shower drain pump. I estimated 1 hour for the job. It took me 2.5 days. However the 1 hour I estimated was on the end of the job.

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Old 10-18-2014, 04:26 PM   #3
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I acquired this Blue Sea USB charger from Amazon ($12.25) with the intention of replacing an unused Perko two prong 12 v plug on my bridge console. The top port is for my iPhone and the bottom one for my Samsung Android Tablet that contains my back up navigation app.

When I removed the Perko plug I noticed that the hole in the console needs to be much bigger for the new gadget. That means a trip to the hardware store to get a 1 3/16" hole saw and taking a vac to the bridge to clean up the mess.

It proves to once again that there is no 10 minute boat project that doesn't take all day.

Yep, have you cut the bigger hole yet???

If not, you are going to learn very quickly that drilling a larger hole is going to be no fun at all. That's because you have no guide hole for your hole saw.

If I can suggest, if you take a piece of scrap stock, and attach or place it over the existing hole you'lll end up with a much happier experience.

Another method that saves allot of frustration is to draw the new hole over the old one and use your dremel to grind away material to fit.

If you are REALLY good with a hole saw you MIGHT be able to run the saw in reverse to make the cut, but that is for the highly experienced person, on soft material.

If you just go for it, chances are the saw will wanter, or catch, scratching up the surface.
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Old 10-18-2014, 04:30 PM   #4
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This is a trawler forum...

Minutes don't exist...hours are rare, days are common, months are popular and years tend to scare some of the older trawler owners as they are too easy to count and go by too fast.
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Old 10-18-2014, 04:49 PM   #5
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Thanks Ksanders. Good advice. I was wondering how to go about it without it looking like "I did it" like the rest of my projects.
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Would now be a good time to let you know there are 12-volt cigarette lighter adapters? Some with one USB and some with two? For less than $5... try eBay or Amazon for a knock-off Chinese version. I've had mine (three of them) and all still work perfectly. The double I've only owned for a few months. The other two for over a year without issue.

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Janice 142,

No, now would not be a good time to let me know since I own the one pictured above. I have two 12 volt plugs on the bridge...one two prong Perko and one cigarette lighter plug. All my Q Beam spot lights fit the cigarette lighter plug. I don't own anything that has a two pronged end that would work on the Perko so I wanted to get rid of it. Little did I know that the hole would have to be enlarged.

On that subject, I don't have the right Dremel tool (Harbor Freight version) to do this but I do have some assorted grinder bits for my old Makita battery drill. The only worry that I have using these bits is chipping the gelcoat. Any ideas on how to be really careful?
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Janice 142,

No, now would not be a good time to let me know since I own the one pictured above. I have two 12 volt plugs on the bridge...one two prong Perko and one cigarette lighter plug. All my Q Beam spot lights fit the cigarette lighter plug. I don't own anything that has a two pronged end that would work on the Perko so I wanted to get rid of it. Little did I know that the hole would have to be enlarged.

On that subject, I don't have the right Dremel tool (Harbor Freight version) to do this but I do have some assorted grinder bits for my old Makita battery drill. The only worry that I have using these bits is chipping the gelcoat. Any ideas on how to be really careful?
Coarse mini sanding drum. Dremel makes little kits you can buy
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No, now would not be a good time to let me know since I own the one pictured above. I have two 12 volt plugs on the bridge...one two prong Perko and one cigarette lighter plug. All my Q Beam spot lights fit the cigarette lighter plug.
Gotcha, and thank you for the clarification. I have considered something similar to yours however in reflection decided an adapter and multiple cig-outlets allowed me more options. I do have cigarette-lighter-itis however with 8 on Seaweed. And all are useful/used.

Proof on this page: Janice142 article What Used Boat?

Good luck with your project.
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It's actually easy to drill a bigger hole. A second hole saw will spin on to the arbor so you end up with a hole saw within a hole saw. The inner one is the diameter of the existing hole and the outer one is the diameter of your intended hole. Done it many times and works like a champ.
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Patemey,

So, if the existing hole is 3/4" and I need to go to 1 3/16" just get a hole saw for each size and assemble as a unit?

Will that work? Will they fit together?
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It's actually easy to drill a bigger hole. A second hole saw will spin on to the arbor so you end up with a hole saw within a hole saw. The inner one is the diameter of the existing hole and the outer one is the diameter of your intended hole. Done it many times and works like a champ.
Thats a GREAT idea.

I never thought of that, and i've been in the "make a bigger hole" mode many many times
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Old 10-19-2014, 12:06 AM   #13
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Kudos to Patemey.
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10 minute job on something that floats ?
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There is no such thing as a ten minute boat project. Trust me on this..!
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Boats use the 90/90 Rule.

90% of the job takes 90% of the time,

The remaining 10% also takes 90% of your time
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It's actually easy to drill a bigger hole. A second hole saw will spin on to the arbor so you end up with a hole saw within a hole saw. The inner one is the diameter of the existing hole and the outer one is the diameter of your intended hole. Done it many times and works like a champ.
Yes, it works very well. The other trick is to fasten a piece of wood to the back side of a hole with screws or clamps. This allows you to offset the hole or make a round hole out of a cutout area.

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