We're checking out the radar arch while under construction
The arch is taking shape in the shop at Cape Point Customs in Swansboro
Back in the slip
The radar arch is installed
The old batteries and battery box
Engine intake, raw water strainer, and to the right, a Racor 500 fuel filter
Another house battery
The starting battery and a battery isolator
Hot water heater and the inverter
Top down view of all the compartments in the salon - the bow is to the right
Mike's Dad came down for a weekend to help with the long list of projects
The battery box is being modified to accommodate 4 golf cart batteries
Let the wiring begin !
The final setup
The starting battery
Four 75 Watt Solar Panels mounted on the arch - Mast for wind generator is on the port side of the arch
Wiring from Solar Panel control boxes are combined inside the black box on the left - The box is filled with epoxy to eliminate issues with corrosion.
Wiring is brought into boat through watertight thru-deck fittings
Freshly installed Charge Controller for Solar Panels and Wind Generator
Freshly installed Battery Monitor and Switch Panel
Back of Battery Monitor - Blue Sky Energy IPN-ProRemote
Front of Switch Panel and Battery Monitor
This little beauty reads amps in and amps out, plus constantly monitors battery voltage and charge levels
Cockpit Speaker - On/Off Switch in Cabin
Cockpit Flood Light - On/Off Switch in Cabin
Wiring for 12v Accessory plug in cockpit, to be used for spotlight
The wiring is supported above the accessory socket so any water that may enter the plug won't seep down into the wires, eventually causing a short. With this design, no water will ever enter the wiring insulation. We made sure to do this right, because it wasn't done right before, almost leading to a fire about a month before this picture was taken.
To the right of the accessory plug socket are the throttle/transmission control.
This will all have to be cleaned up, and regreased
Each tooth in the gear has to be de-gooped
Ready for reinstallation
We set up this little system to hold this access panel up while working underneath. Now you can use both hands to work
Homemade hinge made out of nothing more than rope - doesn't rust.
This is where the Racor 500 fuel filter was previously mounted.
A new Racor 500 fuel filter added and installed in a parallel configuration. With this setup, if one filter begins to clog, you can simply switch to the other filter while your changing the element in the one that's plugged up.
The "In" side
The "Out" side
The finished product
Standard floor molding works well for fiddle rails
Hot water element
The plan is to remove this element, which just runs on shore power. The new element will heat water with both shore power (110v) and battery power (12v)
Before the bottom job begins
Lay down the plastic and get ready to make a big mess
Did someone call a stripper?? I hope she's strong.
Kate is a very good stripper
Kate's Mom came down and did a little stripping
Mike did some stripping too
We found this fish on the ground on one side of the car, and an earring on the other side of the car. They just needed to be united.
A new 12v air cooled refrigeration unit was installed under the sink - The compressor needs lots of ventilation, so the old door had to be removed and replaced
With a duly modified teak louvered door. Got it for $20 bucks at a surplus store - retail would've been well over $100
The finished product
This hose is teed into the fuel line, after the Racor filters, and before the fuel pump. The other end is connected to a vacuum gauge. An increased level of vacuum registered on the gauge will give you an early warning that your fuel filter element needs to be changed.
Mounting the vacuum gauge
Now, if the fuel filters begin to clog, we'll know about it before it shuts down the motor.