Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The boat is electrifying!

Well, with last week being the hottest days of the year and almost unbearable, I declined to work on the boat until the weekend.  We had the electric ripped out of the boat the entire week and we were on a mission to finish it this past weekend.  We cut our panel, which we neglected to get pictures of, to fit all the new panels.  I decided to try and bring the boat's wiring to a much safer and organized standard than we had before.  I can finally say that the Galvanic Isolator is properly installed.  Hopefully my boat is no longer the ground for every other boat in the marina.  We were also able to get the battery bank on the boat.  I still have to wire up the dedicated charger, inverter, and battery gauge.  I plan on doing all that tomorrow night.  Here are a couple pictures of the work.  I will post more pictures of the finished product soon.  I also attached a couple of pictures from us celebrating WV day on the boat.  I have a couple more small items I need to finish up but we are so close to just having fun!

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Here are the WV Day photos


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Monday, June 11, 2012

This could have been a lot worse

After taking a nice cruise on the river, we decided to beach the boat on our favorite island just north of our docks.  After heading over to a neighbor's boat and looking at mine, I noticed that the back was really sitting low in the water.  After untying from shore to head home, I decided to take a look in the engine compartment.  I happened to find about 8 inches deep of water in the entire bilge.  I didn't freak out just yet as I had an idea what the issue could be. 

I found while winterizing my boat this year that the drain plugs on the outside exhaust manifolds of each engine were pretty stripped out.  The boat wouldn't hold in there tight at all.  I had also heard from a fellow boating friend "42Gibson" that he had a friend experience the same issue and practically sunk his boat from losing a drain plug.  I jumped down in the engine compartment and check the drain plugs first thing.  I was so happy to find out that I was missing a drain plug on the port side engine.  What you all are probably thinking at this moment is probably, "Why didn't bilge pump turn on?".  The boat currently has one bilge pump in the engine bay, that is going to change as I want a few in the engine bay.  That pump has a float switch on it and the placement of the pump will jam the switch under a joist and it cannot raise to the level to turn the pump on.  This is also what happened in this case.  I just pushed the pump over a bit and the float went straight up and it started dumping water. 

After getting the water 95% pumped out, I was able to find the plug and put it back in.  I limped home to the dock and I plan on at least putting some silicon around the plugs so we can run it, but I want to replace the manifolds on both sides this year.  I believe the Risers on the manifolds are pretty rusted out anyways and it needs to be done.  I just didn't feel like doing it this year.  Another acquaintance on a forum mentioned that our boats have Karma.  When you start doing other things and forget about the engines, something comes up for you to address.  Oh how right he was!


Friday, June 8, 2012

The fun continues!

I haven't had much to post as of late.  We have taken the boat out a couple of times and have enjoyed every bit of it.  Now that I am back at the dock, I am working on the possible electric issues.  I purchased a test kit from boatzincs.com that is allowing me to test the protection of my boat.  Well, it seems we are adequately protected when not plugged into shore power but it seems we are having some issues while plugged in.  There are two things that I have found.

1.  One of my neighbor's boat is causing some electrolysis within the marina.  We are addressing that.
2.  My boat's electric is a mess at the AC panel.  I have since ordered the parts to fix my issues.

I hope to have all the parts I need by next week so I can get everything in order.  I'll post plenty of pictures.

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