Well, the shop clean up is progressing nicely. I cleared away the pile of rubble at the far end of my shop, picking out the good bits and storing them away neatly on my new wood rack, and chucking out the rest.
Here's the good stuff stored away:
|Nicely organized wood|
|What a difference already|
|Amazing what a lick of paint can do!|
Anyway, the clean up is coming along.
Catching up with another job I did over the summer... Here's another one that looks pretty trivial, but actually took a lot of time.
When I bought the boat from Bob down in Florida, he admitted that he couldn't make heads or tails of the Blue Moon's wiring. After owning her for several years, I was just as baffled. There were wires going everywhere, but none of them seemed to do anything.
Plus the fuse panel was in a really awkward position, behind the boarding ladder, on the side of the footwell in the cockpit, waaaaaay out of reach. To throw a switch you had to remove the boarding ladder, get down on your hands and knees, and crawl under the bridge deck to get to it. What a pain.
In the end, I decided to rewire the boat completely. I ripped out all the old wire, moved the breaker panel to a useful position near the galley, and rewired the whole boat.
|old fuse panel in a new place|
I added a cigarette-lighter style plug out of the way on the side of the galley.
|3/4" oak braket|
One of the main uses of the 12V socket, besides charging iPhones and iPads, is running my new electric cooler. I wanted to make the Blue Moon ready for spur-of-the-moment cruising, so wanted to dispense with the need for ice. I liked the electric fridges on both Eric's and Luke's boat, but didn't have room for a built-in. I thought this little portable Coleman might do the job.
I'm not 100% convinced it is a good idea, yet. I will tell you how I tested it on a trip out to the Connecticut River, in a future post.
|12V portable fridge|
I have never needed a VHF on Long Island Sound, but you never know. Now I'm ready.
|New home for VHF|
|Port-side bunk light|
Last but not least, I had to replace my cabin fan, but I can't seem to find a picture of that.
Bottom line, I can now turn on my running lights, or my bilge pump without crawling under the cockpit, and I have a couple of lights and a fan, and a utility plug to charge and run accessories. It isn't much, but it makes a difference.
And it's all neatly wired in a way that will make it easy to add additional devices when and if needed.
Oh, I forgot to mention that every circuit is protected by a fuse, of course.
All in all, worth every minute crawling around in the bilge, or screwing wire holders into awkward spot.
Bob would be pleased.
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