With many many jobs all on the go at the same time I
am quite busy But Snow and extreme cold
means a number of jobs on the boat have come to a
Anything I can do at home now is something less to do later.
There are still a number of GRP works that have to be done but soon i am sure it will be sanding and filling work.
Thats dust dirt and sticky stuff AGAIN..
I have made some storage boxes and set them into the cabin / cockpit bulkhead. There is still plenty of room under the boxes to fit instruments like wind direction / speed
Depth and Ground speed and or a compass.. Made again from GRP with a small up stand fitted to them to stop small items from just falling out
I have used another one to set into the
inside of the cabin internal steps This one will hold a 1 kg
dry powder fire extinguisher...
The engine beds were totally rotten.... a few bits of soft plywood screwed and glued together with some sort of mastic and then a single layer of fiberglass matting to hold it all together now all removed I will be keeping my eyes peeled for some hard wood to replace them and then grind off as much of the old stuff as i can and refit new engine beds. I at this time do not know what engine we will be putting in yet but for sure it will be a small diesel engine Either from a car or some other item..
I know we will have to fit a few other
items to the engine in order to use it for sea water and yes
thats now in hand.
Marine gearbox / Heat exchanger Jabsco pump and a
few other items.
I have fitted some secondhand Stainless steel handrails to the cabin top along with an additional two capstan winches. The winches will be in due course part of the sail from the cockpit system that I will mention more about at a later date.
You can also see the second stage of the lift up hatch the up stand is where the Solar panel charger will be fitted .
You can see here the first layer of GRP going onto the timber toe rails and where i have had to cut off the capstans on either side of the cockpit coaming.
They had to be serviced as both of them had seized up solid WD40 was the stuff I used to free the winches and a fair bit of grease. .Also I have made two packing up blocks so as the capstan handle clears the cockpit coaming...
Navigation lighting !Too cold to work on the boat again .... Well with another thought i came up with this sort for the port / starboard / and stern light.
LED lighting..........The navigation lights along with the mast anchor / all round light will consume only 3.5 watts per hour.
If i had used the standard lighting it would have consumed a total of 36 watts per hour .
The total lighting that's if ALL the cabin interior lights and ALL the navigation lights are on at the same time the total will be 8.5 watts per hour.
So LED lights are a huge power saving.
Some of the LED lights may fail but NOT
all at the same time so saving time and expense at a later
date renewing bulbs.
and even worse trying to change a light bulb either at the top of the mast or at sea....
I made the anchor light / all round
light and also the Navigation lights....... These lights will
fit INTO the fendering as the tube inset for the fendering is
15 mm Dia the same as the clear tube I have housed and sealed
the led lights into. The LED light strips are on a self
adhesive backing so i stuck them to a length of 6 mm solid
fiberglass rod as found in most small tents. then sealed the
ends with marine skiaflex. Leaving a small amount of rod
sticking out each end that can be slipped into the fendering
inset hollow tubing..
The anchor light was made from a glass jar as the mould with a small length of waste pipe to wrap the led strip around then placed into the glass jar and then poured in resin.
And of course added the fixing bolt.
.Made in stages using black and clear resin. Making sure it hardens very slow so is it does not craze or crack the resin. When completed I broke away the glass jar. and it was completed fully .
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