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Old 05-28-2015, 07:05 AM   #121
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Welcome to the forum Mr. Riley!

Not much has changed in the last couple of months. The yard I'm in has a lot of Chesapeake Bay waterman who change over from oystering to crabing in the spring. Add to that the charter fleet getting ready for summer. I'm heading to Hatteras NC this morning to start my season. Sean should be back working on my boat next week. Hopefully the last of the painting will be done in June.

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Old 05-28-2015, 09:10 AM   #122
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Thank you for the welcome!

While a "newbie" I'd guess that you have many other fans following with baited breath to see the conclusion of your masterful efforts on this "short haul".

Best wishes for a successful season!

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Old 05-28-2015, 09:26 AM   #123
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Old 07-20-2015, 10:08 PM   #124
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90 degrees inside the building today.

The last round of sanding primer is well underway. Hopefully we will be heading into the Awlgrip top coat phase next week. Meanwhile I'm busy inside finishing up projects. As mentioned previously, I've installed a cabin heat loop system. Simply there is a hot water loop from the engine to heaters located in the master stateroom, pilothouse, and the saloon. The loop coolant solution is pushed around by a 12 volt pump and each heater is equipped with a 3 speed blower and line voltage thermostat.

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So I'm down in the master stateroom with all the windows and doors (except one) closed and masked over. It's about 95 degrees in there with very high humidity. I'm doing the wiring on the blower speed selector and thermostat. As I turn on the heat gun for the last time to finish the heat shrink butt connectors, the irony hits me. I'm intentionally raising the temperature in this sweltering stateroom to install a heating system on one of the hottest days of the year. Well it should keep the boat nice and warm this winter when I'm cruising SW FL.


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Old 07-20-2015, 11:16 PM   #125
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As I turn on the heat gun for the last time to finish the heat shrink butt connectors, the irony hits me. I'm intentionally raising the temperature in this sweltering stateroom to install a heating system on one of the hottest days of the year. Well it should keep the boat nice and warm this winter when I'm cruising SW FL.
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Old 07-21-2015, 05:53 AM   #126
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So I'm down in the master stateroom with all the windows and doors (except one) closed and masked over. It's about 95 degrees in there with very high humidity. I'm doing the wiring on the blower speed selector and thermostat. As I turn on the heat gun for the last time to finish the heat shrink butt connectors, the irony hits me. I'm intentionally raising the temperature in this sweltering stateroom to install a heating system on one of the hottest days of the year. Well it should keep the boat nice and warm this winter when I'm cruising SW FL.
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I can sympathize. This weekend I spent two 6-hour days in the ER and heads in mid-90s temps cleaning and then torquing down new seacocks with pipe wrenches--13 of them! In cool temps it's bad enough--in positions the human body wasn't designed for, doing reaches that require two elbows on each arm. But this was unhealthy. Although I tried to stay hydrated, I lost about 4 lbs through sweat. Very happy with the result though--as you should be. The work you're doing looks fantastic.
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I can sympathize. This weekend I spent two 6-hour days in the ER and heads in mid-90s temps cleaning and then torquing down new seacocks with pipe wrenches--13 of them! In cool temps it's bad enough--in positions the human body wasn't designed for, doing reaches that require two elbows on each arm. But this was unhealthy. Although I tried to stay hydrated, I lost about 4 lbs through sweat. Very happy with the result though--as you should be. The work you're doing looks fantastic.
Thanks!

Yes, I'm very happy with how things are coming together. Have been doing wiring for a week or so sitting Indian style next to the breaker panel on the wood floor. My hips are killing me this morning from working in that position for hours, but the end is in sight.

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Old 07-21-2015, 06:24 AM   #128
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You'll be happy you have it when one of those long-sleeve t-shirt days roll around.
Keep telling myself, "2017, the loop, it could get chilly in Michigan or Canada". It was chilly some days bringing the boat North in April in 2014.

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Old 09-03-2015, 11:19 PM   #130
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Updates and some more pics:

It's been a while, so here is where the project is currently at. The boat has been finally completely sanded and ready to be wiped down, masked off and final coats painted. There are 3 colors that will be shot in probably 8 sections with 3 coats for each section. The entire boat is masked off except for the section being painted. That section will get 3 coats of paint in one day. Then that section is masked off and another section in uncovered and painted, until all sections are done. Monday the boat came out of the building for the day so that the inside of the building could be power washed to remove all the dust. And so the final painting begins.

Meanwhile I have been finishing up little projects that don't look terribly impressive. Thought I would post some pics of the smaller stuff.

In the pilothouse I added some new displays. Please pardon my dust. Clean up will come after the painting is finished.

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First is the gauge panel for the new John Deere engine. Below are vacuum gauges for the Racor separators. The left is for the dual Racor 1000 on the engine. The right is for a Racor 1000 which is in the fuel polisher / transfer pump system.

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Already had the Magnum Energy inverter / battery charger. Below that is a Victron Battery Monitor. Bottom is the remote display for the Sterling Advanced Alternator Regulator.

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Here is my new custom Aqualarm bilge pump panel. There are 2 compartments in the bilge. Each has a primary and secondary pump. All pumps have a selector switch, system on light (green), pump running light (red), and resetable cycle counter.

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To the 2 existing Garmin plotters I added two GMI 20 displays on both sides of the autopilot. The GMI 20 can display many things that I might want to focus on such as as depth when going into shallow areas, Wind speed and direction, or anchor drag alarm. Below the GMI 20 on the left is the thermostat and blower control for the pilothouse heat from the engine's cooling system.

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In addition to the 2 Garrmin Plotter screens, I have added an HP "all in one" computer. What appears to be the monitor is actually a full function desk top computer with USB ports and Disc drive built into the back. The keyboard and multi touch mouse pad are wireless from Logitech. Add to that a USB GPS receiver, Polar Navy software with Active Captain, and a wifi hotspot. I now have a very nice backup and route planning system. Not bad for less than $500 for everything but the hotspot. Can also stay current on TF while underway. Below and to the left is the new control panel for the Webasto pilothouse air conditioner and heat pump.

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Was having problems with my bow thruster short duty cycling due to low voltage. The system was 12 volt and the batteries were back in the engine room separated by 40'+ of cable and numerous connections, fuses and switches. Sent the unit off to be rebuilt and converted to 24 volt. Had Sean build a battery shelf in the bow thruster compartment under the bed in the master stateroom. Unit is now wired to 2 Optima AGM batteries in series. The batteries are charged by a Duo Pro 6 amp dual output battery charger. The inverter stays on all the time unless either the generator is running or tied to shore power. So the batteries will recharge as soon as the thruster is used. The cables are 4/0 left over from cabling to the old batteries. I know it's ridiculous over kill for such short runs, but the price was right and there aren't going to be any low voltage issues! Managed to break one of the dies in the crimper when trying to attach the cast ends of the battery connectors to the 4/0 cable. It's amazing how nice a job a hydraulic hose fitting swaging press will do on cast battery terminal fittings. Not many places will let you use the hydraulic press right after you break their battery cable crimping tool. Really good people here! Have the control wiring to secure, but the project is basically done and functional.

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The black block in the upper left corner is the fuse holder. The PVC pipe in the middle is the new oil reservoir. Old one was cracked.

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glad it's just a "short haul"
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Ted that is beautiful. Great set up on the bow thruster- such a neat set up. Keep up the great work


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Old 09-04-2015, 07:15 AM   #133
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Ted that is beautiful. Great set up on the bow thruster- such a neat set up. Keep up the great work


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Old 09-04-2015, 07:50 AM   #134
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I bet so. And to take an existing system and improve it THAT much is great to see. Course you have taken a complete vessel and improved it THAT much. I'm sure you are eager to have her completed and use it. You seem to do a great job of keeping on task. Not easy to do with I bet with a job with a scope that large. Standing by for the next installment.


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Old 09-04-2015, 07:55 AM   #135
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Amazing job - your execution is great but I think the planning beats the great execution.

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Beautiful work .Good idea on the HP all in one.
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Thanks Don. There's a fine line between planning and over engineering. I know, I've crossed it many times. Just ask Sean.

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Beautiful work .Good idea on the HP all in one.
Yes, very happy with the "all in one" plan. Really prefer the full computer programs to the chopped app versions for tablets and smart phones of most programs. Still need to make a shoe for the bottom of the computer to set in and then a tension strap to hold it in place.

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