Saturday, March 28, 2015

Trying to stay motivated

I got to the boat a little later than normal today.  I just wasn't feeling it.  After getting to the boat, that feeling stuck around for a bit.  I was torn on what to really work on today.  I decided that I would get some loose ends tied up.  I decided to remove all the of the cables that were from the generator power feeds and anything else that was left in the boat.  Needless to say I was very shocked at how much I still had left to pull out.  I also removed a run of 4 DC cables that were still hooked up to the battery but not hooked to anything else.  Here is the amount of crap I pulled out today.


After doing all that I decided to go ahead and get my generator wires run.  That was time consuming just because I had to feed the lines through a few areas and then grab the other end and pull it through.  It would be much easier with 2 people.  After that I decided to go ahead and run my shore power lines and get the main switch ready.  I got the main all wired and also mounted on of my isolation transformers.  My buddy also got my new panel box made.  I will be mounting it below tomorrow.  I hope to have all my main power feeds completed tomorrow and panels mounted.  I ran out of heat shrink terminals so I can't get all my runs terminated until probably Tuesday.  I will get all my cables cut to size and ready to terminate to the panels.  Mid week I should be able to test my 120 cabling job.  Below are a few pictures of my main panels and the Isolation transformer mounting.  I believe I am going to reroute my plumbing.  It is all over the front of my electrical panels and I can't stand it.






Friday, March 27, 2015

A little bit of this and a little bit of that

Got a few things completed since the last post.  I first started working on getting the rudders out last week.  This ended up being much more involved than I had thought.  From the beginning I had assumed this would be the easiest part.  After removing the linkage, upper grease fitting, and cross support I was able to finally get the packing nut off.  After removing this I figured they would drop right out of the boat.  Well they didn't and I have no what is going on. It looks as if the rudder has fused itself to the packing assembly.  Take a look below.



     As you can see they just wont release.  I am going to cut the paddle from the bottom side of the boat and pull the shaft up and out.  From there I will get them shipped out to the machine shop in Dayton to get a couple new ones made.  They will have to do two separate as the starboard side is a little more involved as it needs more work done to allow fitment for the steering controls.  

     From that point I gave up on the rudders for the moment until I can get a saw to cut them off.  I decided to move onto the props and prop shafts.  Instead of trying to figure out how to do it some other way, I went ahead and bought a prop removal tool.  This popped the props off without any issues.  Definitely a time saver and worth the money.  I got a tip on how to get them out of the coupler last fall.  They told me to press something between the shaft and vdrive as I tighten bolts to the flange.  This will just push the shaft out the end.  This actually worked very well.  The starboard shaft slid right out and I was able to pull it out the strut without issues.  This also worked on the port but I was so bound up at the strut that I had to remove the strut and shaft in one piece.  This wasn't a big deal as I was taking that strut off anyways.  The strut is much worse than I thought.  I am pretty sure that a major failure was coming in the next couple of years.  I did determine that my prop shafts were not isolated from the boat.  This was causing the corrosion issues and those were more wide spread than I realized.  The corrosion ate a portion of my shaft log away.  It isn't anything to be super concerned with at the moment, but something that is really good I remove the cause now.










    So this is where I sit for the moment.  I dropped my shafts at the machine shop today.  I will probably get two new shafts made.  There was enough scoring on the shafts that have me concerned enough to just replace them.  The strut will be shipped to Pluckebaum tomorrow.  I will also be shipping them a couple so that they can order two drive savers for them.  That will isolate my prop shafts and prevent the corrosion issues from happening again.  I plan on cutting the rudders off tomorrow and will get them shipped out Monday to the welding shop in Dayton.

My schedule is as follows:


Saturday
  1. Finish cable terminations
  2. Run generator leads and panel cable
  3. Install electrical panel box
  4. Install electrical panels
Sunday
  1. Finish electrical panels install
  2. Install isolation transformers
  3. Run new shorepower leads
  4. Test electrical
Monday
  1. Order exhaust manifolds
  2. Order new packing assemblies for rudders
  3. Order new packing hose for prop packing assembly
  4. Order new hoses for transmission cooling lines
  5. Ship rudders
  6. Start removing inside exhaust manifolds
Tuesday
  1. Finish removing inside exhaust manifolds
  2. Clean up vdrive compartment





 



  • Remove upper cabinets Completed 3/9
  • Finish Starboard lower outlets Completed 3/9
  • Finish port lower outlets Completed 3/17

    1. I have all but one cable ran

  • Build new power box for new electrical panels

    1. I will have to shift my 12volt connections about 3 inches so I have the proper room Complete 3/21

  • Remove ceiling panels for access to the AC units for rewireCompleted 3/14

    1. While these are out, I will be putting some foam board in to insulate the ceiling as well Completed 3/14
    2. I will also run the wiring for the lights above the sink/microwave as well as the outlet on the shelf in the upper salon Completed 3/9
    3. We will be installing some LED lights under the upper cabinets for lower power use and brightness Will complete week of 3/24
    4. Install new lower cabinets Completed 3/14

  • Install power panels
  • Remove rudders Halfway completed.

    1. Both rudders are bent.  I have a shop in Dayton Ohio that will weld me a couple for a great price.  

  • Remove prop shaft and struts Completed 3/26

    1. Sending the prop shafts to a machine shop to straighten Completed 3/27
    2. Sending the strut to Pluckebaum to get a new one made Completed 3/27

  • Reinstall strut, prop shafts, and rudders
  • Replace exhaust manifolds

    1. My manifolds are rusted out and the drain plugs wont go back in.  I encountered this on the Kingscraft and finding your boat to be taking on a lot of water isn't fun.

  • Install new generator!

    1. I can't wait for this one.  This will make or break the boating season this year.

  • Replace hull numbers

    1. I sported the registration from the former owner last year even though I had my own.  I suck at getting the hull numbers straight and they look like crap.

  • Fix the horn

    1. The mover had to loosen bolts on the horn so the flybridge could fit on the lower deck.  The issue is that the bolt fell inside the horn assembly.  So I have to take it apart to get the bolts out.  It is also siliconed to the flybridge.

  • Replace flybridge interior walls.

    1. For some reason Marinette used an interior panel for the interior walls of the flybridge.  This part of the boat sits directly in the weather.  So 42 years later is has now rotted through.  We will pull this paneling off and fabricate something to take its place.

  • Seal decking screws

    1. Stop the rain from getting in!

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    The list is getting smaller

    I attempted to write this post on Sunday but I was just way too tired after working all weekend on the boat.  After I read the draft it was just a bunch of rambling.  Since then I have worked a couple more days on the boat and have more progress to report.  Here is a breakdown of items I have completed or progressed on in the last 4 days.

    Saturday
    I insulated and reinstalled half the rear ceiling panels.  My friend showed up around noon and we were able to get running.  We removed the last two ceiling panels and insulated there.  Those panels went right back up.  From there we got working on the cabinets.  We were able to trim down the upper cabinets and get them mounted.  The challenge for those was that the ceiling in the boat has an arc to it.  So we had to taper the edge from the front of the cabinet to the back so it would sit level.  After mounting those, we were able to get the bottom cabinets installed.  We also cut the counter top to the proper length, cut the hole for the sink, and glued the side trim pieces on the counter.

    Sunday
    I was dragging and got to the boat later than I wanted.  I took down the front ceiling and was focused on running my front AC wire.  This was more challenging because I had to remove the entire front paneling/trim of the boat to get it done.  In the end I did get it done and started to cut insulation.  I found the extra energy to finish insulating the front of the boat.  I had to call it a day after 5 hours because Walking Dead was coming on.

    Monday
    I picked up my remote start panel for my generator and its wiring harness.  I headed to the boat and got started.  I got the entire front ceiling and trim back together.  Technically the front salon is more back together than when the boat arrived from Cincinnati.  There was a piece of trim that I was slacking on installing all last year.  It is finally done!  I finished wiring the rear outlet and taped off the cables for the engine bay outlet.  I will wire that when I get the genset removed.  I removed the paneling on the port side of the boat and finally completed the rewire that I started last year.  I eliminated an outlet that no one used.  I would have rewired it, but it was just impossible to access without dismantling the closet.

    Tuesday
    I finished terminating the port wiring to their outlets.  I put a GFI in the bathroom as was recommended in the survey I received when purchasing the boat.  I ran out of 12-3 cable so I needed to re.  I decided to move on and cut/fit the new main power panel and the genset remote start.  Most of the holes were already started from the existing panel and outlet.  I got the holes cut and the panels fit without issues.  I called it a day from there.

    Today
    Since I received my 12-3 cable I will finish wiring up the cuddy and the hot water tank.  I will also really start to clean up the inside of the boat.  There isn't any more demo work that will be performed inside the boat so the mess can go away.

    Thursday
    I will start the process of getting the rudders removed.  If the weather is decent I will start dropping the rudders so I can get them off to get straightened.  I will need to borrow a prop puller and start removing those from both sides.  I imagine the rudders will eat up most of my daylight and the props will wait until Friday.

    Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
    I will continue to work on getting the props and prop shafts removed.  This will probably also leak over into Saturday.  I hope that by the end of Sunday I have all the rear pieces removed and ready to ship to their various locations for repair.

    Here are a bunch of pictures of the progress.










    1. Remove upper cabinets Completed 3/9
    2. Finish Starboard lower outlets Completed 3/9
    3. Finish port lower outlets Completed 3/17
      1. I have all but one cable ran
    4. Build new power box for new electrical panels
      1. I will have to shift my 12volt connections about 3 inches so I have the proper room
    5. Remove ceiling panels for access to the AC units for rewireCompleted 3/14
      1. While these are out, I will be putting some foam board in to insulate the ceiling as well Completed 3/14
      2. I will also run the wiring for the lights above the sink/microwave as well as the outlet on the shelf in the upper salon Completed 3/9
      3. We will be installing some LED lights under the upper cabinets for lower power use and brightness Will complete week of 3/24
      4. Install new lower cabinets Completed 3/14
    6. Install power panels
    7. Remove rudders
      1. Both rudders are bent.  I have a shop in Dayton Ohio that will weld me a couple for a great price.  
    8. Remove prop shaft and struts
      1. Sending the prop shafts to a machine shop to straighten
      2. Sending the strut to Pluckebaum to get a new one made
    9. Reinstall strut, prop shafts, and rudders
    10. Replace exhaust manifolds
      1. My manifolds are rusted out and the drain plugs wont go back in.  I encountered this on the Kingscraft and finding your boat to be taking on a lot of water isn't fun.
    11. Install new generator!
      1. I can't wait for this one.  This will make or break the boating season this year.
    12. Replace hull numbers
      1. I sported the registration from the former owner last year even though I had my own.  I suck at getting the hull numbers straight and they look like crap.
    13. Fix the horn
      1. The mover had to loosen bolts on the horn so the flybridge could fit on the lower deck.  The issue is that the bolt fell inside the horn assembly.  So I have to take it apart to get the bolts out.  It is also siliconed to the flybridge.
    14. Replace flybridge interior walls.
      1. For some reason Marinette used an interior panel for the interior walls of the flybridge.  This part of the boat sits directly in the weather.  So 42 years later is has now rotted through.  We will pull this paneling off and fabricate something to take its place.
    15. Seal decking screws
      1. Stop the rain from getting in!

    Friday, March 13, 2015

    More and more supplies

    Progress over the last couple of days has been kind of slow.  Only getting a couple hours of work in on the boat a night is difficult.  We really plan on getting a lot done this weekend.  As of now, the starboard electrical is done except for the very rear outlets.  I will need a little assistance getting those cables run.  Yesterday I purchased the kitchen cabinets, countertop, and insulation.  Tonight I plan on getting the insulation for the two open ceiling panels installed.  After looking yesterday, I will need to remove all the ceiling panels before I can start putting anything back together.  So If all goes smooth, I hope to at least have the other ceiling tiles removed and ready for insulation tomorrow morning.  After that we will start putting the wall back together and trying to mount our cabinetry.  It will be a crazy thing when the back of the boat is back together.

    Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    Burning Daylight

    I made it back in town around 5 pm from a work trip and went straight to the boat.  Since it was already late in the evening, I had only a few hours of daylight to work with.  I went to work on getting the rear AC unit buttoned up.  I have to say I am pretty please I was able to wire this up myself.  The actual connecting of the AC wasn't an issue, but getting the power run into the AC unit was ridiculous.  Whomever installed the AC unit didn't line up the access hole in the support beam with the hole on the AC unit.  Therefore I had to fish the line through a hole the size of a quarter and then immediately bend it 4 inches and fish it through an even small hole in the AC unit.  This would have been easy if I could have reached the holes by hand.  Since I didn't want to remove the entire AC unit to take the ceiling down, I taped the power line to the end of the wire rods and fished it across and into the hole.  I went ahead and terminated the ends and put the AC cover back on.  I went ahead and moved onto finishing the starboard outlet terminations.  I want to get the boat somewhat back together.  I have decided that I will purchase the cabinets on Thursday.  At that time I will also purchase the insulation for the rear of the boat.

    Here is how I have the rest of my week scheduled out.

    Weds:
    Finish terminating starboard outlets (Front, Rear, and Upper outlets)
    Run and terminate port outlets
        -This requires cutting an access hole in the rear of the closet.
    Run wire for Refrigerator
        -I have to determine the placement for this.  I am thinking high on the wall or even in the cabinet.

    Thurs:
    Purchase cabinets and insulation
    Load everything onto the boat
    Insulate the wall behind the cabinets, insulate the current open ceiling panels
    Rehang the two ceiling panels

    Fri:
    Remove last two rear ceiling panels and insulate
    Run and terminate wire to the bathroom if needed

    Sat:
    Install wall paneling behind cabinets
    Install upper cabinets
    Install lower cabinets
    Terminate Microwave, Refrigerator, and Kitchen Lights cables
    Install microwave

    Sun:
    Remove front salon ceiling
    Run and terminate front Air Conditioner
    Insulate front ceiling
    Run and terminate Hot Water Tank cabling
    Run and terminate Cuddy outlets
    Cut Main Power Switch template hole

    Mon:
    Pick up remote panel and wiring harness for generator
    Build power panel box

    Tues:
    Install panel box
    Install Isolation Transformers
    Install Panels

    Weds:
    Install Kitchen LEDs
    Test shore power electric

    Thurs:
    Cut hole for remote panel and run wiring harness
    Run Genset power leads




    Monday, March 9, 2015

    Short update but lots done

    So I forgot to take pictures but I will get to the details. 

    Completed today:
    -Upper cabinets removed. This was done by cutting out a portion with the jigsaw and then ripping at them.
    -All starboard outlets run
    -Rear AC cable ran
    -Kitchen light ran


    Even though that doesn't seem like a lot, I have been doing all this alone.  Feeding and running cable by yourself is very time consuming.  I am not sure if I will get to the boat tomorrow, but I should have all my AC cabling completed by this weekend.  I hope to get the boat ready for cabinets this weekend.  I will need to do a little bit of painting, however I think that can wait till after the cabinet install.


    1. Remove upper cabinets Completed 3/9
    2. Finish Starboard lower outlets Completed 3/9
    3. Finish port lower outlets Will complete 3/11
      1. I have all but one cable ran
    4. Build new power box for new electrical panels
      1. I will have to shift my 12volt connections about 3 inches so I have the proper room
    5. Remove ceiling panels for access to the AC units for rewire. Rear panels removed and AC wire ran
      1. While these are out, I will be putting some foam board in to insulate the ceiling as well Will complete 3/14
      2. I will also run the wiring for the lights above the sink/microwave as well as the outlet on the shelf in the upper salon Completed 3/9
      3. We will be installing some LED lights under the upper cabinets for lower power use and brightness Will complete 3/15
    6. Install new lower cabinets Purchasing 3/14
    7. Install power panels
    8. Remove rudders
      1. Both rudders are bent.  I have a shop in Dayton Ohio that will weld me a couple for a great price.  
    9. Remove prop shaft and struts
      1. Sending the prop shafts to a machine shop to straighten
      2. Sending the strut to Pluckebaum to get a new one made
    10. Reinstall strut, prop shafts, and rudders
    11. Replace exhaust manifolds
      1. My manifolds are rusted out and the drain plugs wont go back in.  I encountered this on the Kingscraft and finding your boat to be taking on a lot of water isn't fun.
    12. Install new generator!
      1. I can't wait for this one.  This will make or break the boating season this year.
    13. Replace hull numbers
      1. I sported the registration from the former owner last year even though I had my own.  I suck at getting the hull numbers straight and they look like crap.
    14. Fix the horn
      1. The mover had to loosen bolts on the horn so the flybridge could fit on the lower deck.  The issue is that the bolt fell inside the horn assembly.  So I have to take it apart to get the bolts out.  It is also siliconed to the flybridge.
    15. Replace flybridge interior walls.
      1. For some reason Marinette used an interior panel for the interior walls of the flybridge.  This part of the boat sits directly in the weather.  So 42 years later is has now rotted through.  We will pull this paneling off and fabricate something to take its place.
    16. Seal decking screws
      1. Stop the rain from getting in!

    Sunday, March 8, 2015

    The part I am good at.

    With the recent warm weather I decided to get started on my project list as I know it will take me up until launch day to complete it.  I went to the boat and worked for a few hours yesterday.  I didn't really get much done as I was poking around the boat figuring out my plan of attack.  I determined that I was going to pull out the oven and replace the kitchen cabinets.  The paneling behind the cabinets was very rotted and I needed to get access to run electric.  So today, I started to really demo the boat.  I removed the stove and kitchen cabinets.  From there I was able to terminate the starboard outlet electrical runs.  The boat is a disaster at this point.  All of the stuff in the cabinets is sitting everywhere.  Another sort of bright spot is that I found the cause of the water coming in when it rains.  Every single piece of deck hardware didn't have any sealant on the screws.  So now I will need to remove each screw and coat it in sealant and screw them back in.  I plan on going back to the boat tomorrow to finish up the lower starboard electrical.  I plan on getting some power to the boat tomorrow so I can vacuum up my mess.

    Here are some pictures of the recent work.





    You can see the kitchenette currently on the back deck.  The stove still works if anyone is interested.  Shoot me an email




    Here is where the cabinets were.  I removed the paneling and it helped give me some access to run electric and I was also able to see where some unidentified cables were running.


    Here is my list of things to complete before launch.  I will update this list moving forward.

    1. Remove upper cabinets
    2. Finish Starboard lower outlets
    3. Finish port lower outlets
      1. I have all but one cable ran
    4. Build new power box for new electrical panels
      1. I will have to shift my 12volt connections about 3 inches so I have the proper room
    5. Remove ceiling panels for access to the AC units for rewire.
      1. While these are out, I will be putting some foam board in to insulate the ceiling as well
      2. I will also run the wiring for the lights above the sink/microwave as well as the outlet on the shelf in the upper salon
      3. We will be installing some LED lights under the upper cabinets for lower power use and brightness
    6. Install new lower cabinets
    7. Install power panels
    8. Remove rudders
      1. Both rudders are bent.  I have a shop in Dayton Oh that will weld me a couple for a great price.  
    9. Remove prop shaft and struts
      1. Sending the prop shafts to a machine shop to straighten
      2. Sending the strut to Pluckebaum to get a new one made
    10. Reinstall strut, prop shafts, and rudders
    11. Replace exhaust manifolds
      1. My manifolds are rusted out and the drain plugs wont go back in.  I encountered this on the Kingscraft and finding your boat to be taking on a lot of water isn't fun.
    12. Install new generator!
      1. I can't wait for this one.  This will make or break the boating season this year.
    13. Replace hull numbers
      1. I sported the registration from the former owner last year even though I had my own.  I suck at getting the hull numbers straight and they look like crap.
    14. Fix the horn
      1. The mover had to loosen bolts on the horn so the flybridge could fit on the lower deck.  The issue is that the bolt fell inside the horn assembly.  So I have to take it apart to get the bolts out.  It is also siliconed to the flybridge.
    15. Replace flybridge interior walls.
      1. For some reason Marinette used an interior panel for the interior walls of the flybridge.  This part of the boat sits directly in the weather.  So 42 years later is has now rotted through.  We will pull this paneling off and fabricate something to take its place.
    16. Seal decking screws
      1. Stop the rain from getting in!
    This is all I am planning on this year before launching.  After that I will possibly do a few little things here or there but I plan on enjoying the boat this summer.  

    Tuesday, March 3, 2015

    Troubles begin again on the Kingscraft

    While checking on our boats yesterday, my buddy and I discovered a serious leak in the roof of the Kingscraft.  The top deck of the Kingscraft is 6in wide locking aluminum J channel all across.  It appears that at some point there was a sealant placed in these joints and it has slowly deteriorated.  We are going to remove the snow from the top of the boat and get the bridge covered.  From there we are going to remove an interior piece of ceiling to find the leak.  Once the weather improves we will take  dremel and clean out the channels.  From there we will apply a urethane seam sealer, and then prime/paint the upper deck.  Being it is an aluminum boat, we aren't worried about the structure.  We are more worried about damage to the floors and cabinets on the inside of the boat.

    Monday, March 2, 2015

    How time flys!

    A short update since I haven't updated this in a long time.


    The new boat has issues.  Go figure.  My luck is terrible.  The old boat is doing exceptionally well with my friend and its new owner.  The transmissions have been great since the rebuild and install.  Just performing that task was such a learning experience and has really shown that with a few good friends you can accomplish almost anything.  The new owner got almost everything fixed on the list that I had of things I wanted to complete.  Below is a quick list.

    1. New fuel sending units
    2. New Horn installed
    3. Washdown system installed
    4. Generator working again (new issues have arisen since this but it worked all season)
    5. Flybridge controls and gauges now working.

    I have been really pleased that everything work out for them.

    Now to the issues with my new boat.  I purchased my new boat in the hopes of buying a boat with much smaller issues that wouldn't eat up so much time trying to correct.  Well how dumb of me because this is a boat we are talking about.  Here is the list of issues that I am going to address this spring.

    1.  New Genset. We will finally be getting the cooked one replaced.  I was traveling a large amount last year for work during boating season and any time I had on the boat was very precious.  I didn't want to pull it out of the water to get the new genset installed and then put back in.  I decided to do it in the offseason.  I figured that this will be best to wait until the last item of this spring.  We will get the new one in and dunk her in the water to test it out.

    2. Running gear. I had the packing changed on the boat prior to having it moved from Cincinnati as it leaked uncontrollably.  I was instructed that upon launch to check the amount of water drips from the packing.  During this I noticed that my port prop shaft had an egg shaped rotation.  This points to a bent prop shaft.  So luckily I have a spare in the cuddy that came with the boat.  Well on the way home from the Sternwheel festival I hit something very large and I now have a severe vibration on the starboard side.  The props are in fine shape so another bent shaft.  Once the weather warms up, we will be pulling boat shafts to get them straightened or replaced.

    3. New Strut.  Since I will be removing the prop shaft I have corrosion on the one strut log that is pretty severe.  I will be getting a new one made this spring.

    4.  The electrical.  It seems I can never escape this monster.  I was checking my trim tab anodes on the boat and started to receive a shock when touching the bare metal bolts.  The only way this went away was when unplugging my shore power.  After some investigating, a new 30 amp connector was added by a previous owner to support another AC unit.  When this was added, they did split out the hot but combined the neutral and ground with in the power box.  This is a very big no no on boats and can cause the issues that I am seeing.  To stop any further issues I went ahead and purchased 2 isolation transformers and two new panels.  I will be separating the boat into two halves and supplying power between the two.  This will take a little work as I need to remove paneling to get at it.  During this process, I have also decided to rewire the boat with marine grade power cabling instead of house quality romex.

    5. Plumbing. The former owner replumbed the boat with PEX, but I have had water pressure issues as well as water quality issues.  I will be looking at rerouting some plumbing as well as installing some check valves to prevent any backwash.


    As usual, there is way to much to do and way to little time.  Luckily the house is completed for now and the other projects I have are starting to wrap up.  Hopefully this ends up being a great, stress free, and hassle free boating season.