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Browsing Archive: April, 2013

April Snow ??

Posted by Bryan on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, In : Rant 
A fellow Canadian asked me what prompted me to want to go on a sailing trip for a year to the Bahamas.......he asked me while it was snowing on April 22nd.  Enough said.

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Lots of jobs....little pictures

Posted by Bryan on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, In : Rant 
I need to keep up with pictures, but I am not always good at it.

Other jobs that are all happening at the same time are:

1.  Just epoxied freezer tops (Corian) to insulated lids and attached pull handles.
2.  Have run almost ever wire I can think of....except Solar Panel wires.  I want to make sure it works first.
3.  Run ever fresh water pipe, connected every sink.
4.  Ran hydraulic lines for hydraulic steering.
5.  Added more insulation to engine room.
6.  Ran wires for engine room (Blower fans, l...
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Raw Water Filters

Posted by Bryan on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, In : plumbing 
I debated where to put these. 
Criteria were:
1. Just above the water line to make clean out easier. (check)
2. Quick and easy access. (Check)
3. Close to each other so I could interchange them in an emergency. (Check)
4. Not in the way of other things...or me when moving in the engine room. (unknown)
5. Close to the engines. (check)

So I have set them up just inside the engine room.  You can access them from the hall way.  
One for the generator and one for the engine.

Above them is one of the wiri...
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New shelves

Posted by Bryan on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, In : Wood work 
While looking at the sailboat Real Life, off in the Bahamas, I saw this picture of a plate shelf. (my name for lack of a better name).  So I decided to copy it and build my own.  Not quite done.  Still need to put the face on, sand smooth and varnish....yes more varnishing.  Tara will be so happy I made some more work!

Just the shelves directly above the fridge/freezer tops.  I am not making the smaller spice shelves.
I dado cut the the shelve and sunk the dividers in.  Then epoxied it together...
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New battery box

Posted by Bryan on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, In : Battery 
The battery situation has finally been resolved.  We calculated our estimated needs......based on experiences we have never had, with equipment we have never used before, on a boat we have never been on, in a situation we have never experienced.

Ok, so we really don't have much to go on.  But in the end, we found our selves between 4 6 volt golf cart batteries for a total of about 400-440 amp hours depending on how much we spend on batteries, to six batteries for a total of 600-680 amp hours. ...
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Varnishing ending???

Posted by Bryan on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, In : Varnish 
NEVER.  Just when you think you have it all done, more shows up, more is created, something is scratched, etc....

It will never finish.  But we are almost to the point where we have varnished everything the first time.  Tara has been doing an amazing job at the varnishing.  She has gotten really good at it.  For only $200 an hour will she ever varnish again after this project.

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New Table Top

Posted by Bryan on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, In : Wood work 
The original table had some sort of tile embedded in the wood.  It was cracked and broken.  So I removed it.  Left us with a 6 by 6 inch square hold in the wood.  I took the hold down deeper, and set into it a 1/8 inch birch piece of plywood.  We would never match the old wood, so we went with a contrast.  We are going to get the boat info burned into the wood, then varnish it all over smooth.  Should look nice.......nicer???
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Wood work

Posted by Bryan on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, In : Wood work 
I have been rebuilding the wood part that mounts above the forward hatch from the cockpit.  The old one had a bunch of holes drilled in it for various electronics I don't have anymore, or where broken.  The wood was a mess.  I took an old piece of teak plywood and made the face plate.  The top is a solid piece of 1/8 inch teach wood.  The sides are solid 1/2 inch teak.  The holes are for the the 8 water proof cockpit fuses/switches.  Will control all outside lights.  The three squares are for...
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Ice in All the wrong places

Posted by Bryan on Monday, April 15, 2013, In : Rant 
Ice should be found in your drinks, the Freezer, and the Rink.  Not everywhere else.

 Only in Canada do you get weather like this in Mid April.
Almost had to wear ice skates to make it to the boat, and the steps were really bad.
For all of you Florida people, this is known as freezing rain.  Bet you didn't know it could freeze after it landed. 
At least we only got 1/3 of what they weather was actually calling for.
   This is my vacuum bucket for sucking out liquids. It shows the ice build up on t...
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Deck Shower

Posted by Bryan on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, In : deck hardware 
Set up a hot/cold water deck shower on the aft section of the deck.  One is the valve, and one is the actual nozzle.
With the swim platform going in, the shower will be right there for a nice shower.  The other valve is the salt water wash down.  So when we catch the big fish, or crabs, or shrimp in the dinghy, we can wash it all down.  Good to plan on messes.  I like to blame the kids, but I am the messiest.

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plumbing conduit

Posted by Bryan on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, In : Electrical 
I have been running conduit for various wires that have to go in in hard to reach places.

I ran a 1 inch diameter heavy duty tube, that is usually used in wells, to connect the well pump to the house (I had to replace mine and they come in 100 foot rolls....only needed 45 feet!).  It will house the generator AC wire.  3 strands of 8 gauge wire.  This photo is showing the conduit that will feed wires up to the cockpit circuit breaker switch.  I chose it because it is white and will blend in, an...
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Plumbing Sink Faucets

Posted by Bryan on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, In : Fresh water plumbing 
It always seems like it will only take a few minutes to make the connections.  But then, you have to make a hole bigger, or move a different pipe to get to the first pipe.  Or perhaps the engine exhaust is in the way, or the sound insulation, etc....

My dad came up and helped me a great deal getting the fresh water all finished.  Only the outside shower is left, just waiting for warm weather to do that.

New faucets in the heads, and the kitchen sink.  All the sinks are used, but polished up.  T...
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Growing electrical

Posted by Bryan on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, In : Electrical 
The electrical is growing and growing.  I am about 80% done.  It is an evolving process as I learn more and more.  And I add more and more new things I did not plan on.

Here is what behind the scenes of the electrical panel looks like at the moment.  I have not tidied up the wires, I am waiting until most are in.  I have enough the keep them out of the way.

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Bryan Haas

Please feel free to contact me! I grew up on the waters of the Chesapeake sailing and fishing. I was paid to work, sail, race, and sometimes live on a 51' Hinkley (they didn't really need to pay me but they offered!). I am a high school science teacher who likes to learn by doing. Used to teach at "The Sound School" in New Haven Ct. Check it out, the most amazing on- the- water school there is. I have rebuilt smaller boats from scratch, but nothing on this scale. This is an adventure. All help is greatly appreciated.

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