Posts Tagged with ‘Batteries’
14 Nov 2016
So the initial opening of the boat had finally come. It was a moment of intense concern. Would the bilge be overflowing? Would there be leaks? Would it be a garden of mold? All of our worries slowly evaporated as we climbed down into the fumes of formaldehyde and dusty but faint smell of mold and saw that Sundowner was essentially in the state that we left her.
There were no obvious sources of water intrusion. There wasn’t mold all over everything. The items we’d left in bags […]
28 Dec 2014
Its strange but true… Sundowner is not equipped with a shore power outlet. In fact, there is no AC wiring onboard save one clunky little cigarette lighter fed inverter that we’ve never plugged in and haven’t ever needed to care about.
This seemingly perplexes many people. Conversations inevitably lead to questions about getting to a marina to “plug in”. It seems that the same folks that ask about these sorts of things continue to ask about them even after I̵ […]
14 Apr 2012
This week I got what I hope to be my last major shipment of wire from Genuinedealz.com. I decided to order all the wire from them since I didn’t feel like buying the very expensive proper crimp/die set for heavy duty battery cable and these people only charge 1 dollar per lug that includes a crimp and heat shrinking. Very nice.
Well equipped with several hundred dollars worth of tinned copper we set off to visit Sundowner again on what turned out to be a very beautiful and windy day.
01 Apr 2012
If Dani’s reaction to me flipping a switch and the VHF coming on was any indication, then I’d say yes they do. However, lets not get too excited or ahead of ourselves. The VHF did come on but it was just for a second as I was testing.
The day started with me mounting shunts and bus bars. Then the fun continued with connecting the batteries and jumpers between all this mess.
The fun part started when I began connecting the breaker panel up. I probably went a little overboard wi […]
31 Mar 2012
Today was day I was dreading. Mostly because I have a bad history with reciprocating saws. Stuff had to get done anyway though. And today’s tall order of business was to mount the new electrical panel, the main on/off switch, and the battery monitor.
Dani and I picked up a piece of of acrylic glass to mount the electrical panel on instead of plywood. We thought of using metal but didn’t know a good source for the exact size. We thought of wood but didn’t feel like pai […]
25 Mar 2012
So yesterday after my blog post about installing the batteries I had several readers comment about my rope holding the battery box in place and expressing (rightly!) that it is not a stout enough solution to the problem. And let me tell you, I love the people that comment and give great advice here. I take it to heart.
So today I set about rectifying the problems seen yesterday. I devised a new hold down. Instead of a wimpy little rope, I decided to go with a more serious solution. At fi […]
24 Mar 2012
Okay, so maybe I wasn’t talking about music and drugs, but hell, this boat work stuff seems like it could be sometimes. Today was a lot of heavy lifting, grunting, and groaning.
When I was in high school I worked for a landscaper and there was this old short fella named Mack who would always tell us that we got 20% more power if we grunted when trying to move something heavy. He called it “bowing up”. And today was definitely a bow up sorta day.
Last night we bought 4x […]
17 Feb 2012
I was thinking earlier about refitting a boat and how it comes in waves. Its sort of like any major project (one that requires over 500 hrs) in that you have little cycles of activity. There isn’t any way we could swallow the whale in one bite so instead we take it in little pieces. I try very hard to avoid thinking about the bites that I’ll have to deal with “later.” Later is a safe place. Some ambiguous point in the future that isn’t NOW. Breaking t […]
11 Sep 2011
So close. We’re so very close. Today we went to visit Sundowner and I bolted the negative electrical cable between the battery and the engine block thus completing the circuit for the engine to start.
So in theory, and note this is only theoretical…. We could start the engine now. In fact, we’ve done everything we set out to do before the boat goes back in the water. We still have a lot to do, but it isn’t going to be done until we’re in the water again. […]
06 Sep 2011
Its sort of weird to say that TS Lee brought us nice weather, but it did. I mean sure there was a storm and a ton of rain and some flooding but yesterday, despite being overcast, was fantastic. We had weather in the 70s. Its been 3 months since I’ve felt that nice outside.
Because it did stop raining Dani and I decided to take advantage of the beautifully cool and windy weather and get a few things done at the boat. On the agenda was bilge pump plumbing. Last time at the boat I […]