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Old 11-21-2012, 10:36 PM   #15
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Those stick on LED lights ($9 from Bunnings if remember correctly) are the best emergency lights on the planet. Batteries will last to doomsday and they throw a good light.
Tell you what else is a godsend - for charging battery drills or using a soldering iron - is the little 150W car inverters that plug into a cigarette lighter socket. I've ordered another one for the boat. I think it cost less than $10 on ebay.
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The electrical work also left something to be desired. The solar controller was fed through a window missing a pane, and hung from the wires. All the terminals had rusted and I was amazed to find the battery still charged, especially since the feed wires to it were well under sized.
It reminds me of when I bought Chiara Stella. In the front half of the boat, the red wire was positive. In the back half of the boat, the red wire was negative.
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Old 11-22-2012, 04:22 AM   #17
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It reminds me of when I bought Chiara Stella. In the front half of the boat, the red wire was positive. In the back half of the boat, the red wire was negative.
Must have been getting port and starboard mixed up in there somewhere.
Some years ago a mate bought a nice Roberts 25. Everything worked and it was quite a sophisticated little craft. The bloke who rewired it prior to selling it, must have gone to Repco on the day they had a special on green automotive wire. Positive...green. Negative...green. Earth, well he got that right!
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Tell you what else is a godsend - for charging battery drills or using a soldering iron - is the little 150W car inverters that plug into a cigarette lighter socket. I've ordered another one for the boat. I think it cost less than $10 on ebay.
Just be careful that the cigarette lighter socket will handle the 12+A @ 12V that's required to run the inverter. Most of those type of sockets peg out at 10A. Plus the fact that the circuit is probably fused to 10A (not so good) or not fused at all (worse).

I bit the bullet and got a Powertech brand 1500W inverter from Jaycar and wired that in. Heavier cables going back direct to the main bus bar and a big heavy duty switch on it, so no problems there.
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:32 AM   #19
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She has the old caravan style 32V 2-pin plugs throughout. Needless to say they're wired backwards. The guy who built this boat was certainly no electrician, there's absolutely zero extra wire to pull things out of the wall for repairs. One circuit didn't work but was soldered both ends, which caused some head scratching. There was a corroded crimped joiner inline, under electrical tape, inside conduit. Argh.

The 150W inverter is a temporary measure, I have a 1000W inverter here too. Certainly wouldn't use it to full capacity anyhow.

Internet here is spotty. There are seven open networks visible but only one of them connects, and even then only when signal strength approaches 50%. Sure hope they don't twig and password it. ;-)
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Old 11-22-2012, 11:46 PM   #20
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Talking Love the lifestyle now that is retirement!

Great thread enjoy your new found lifestyle and have fun with it!
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Old 11-23-2012, 01:59 PM   #21
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Thanks Jordana, glad I could do something to make the slow Canadian winter more interesting for you!

Today was pretty full on. Fixed some sticking doors and cupboards, scraped more paint, wire brushed part of the rear deck in preparation for painting, wired the new LED mast and spreader lights that the PO installed back to the board and got them working, and finally got brave enough to attack the mold and fungus in the head.

There's a fungus in the forests of Tasmania that's reportedly the largest living entity on the planet, and possibly also the oldest. The one in my yacht must be related, this thing was really pervasive. I hit it with chlorine mold remover, scraped and gouged and eventually it yielded taking some fairly large chunks of timber with it. The roof and support member above the head are in serious condition but I'll try to get away with repairing rather than replacing it.

Thankfully the sun was out - unlike yesterday - so the batteries charged up again but I'm now seriously looking at wind generators. If the controllers weren't so expensive I might just go ahead and install one, but more solar panels and a second battery is still an option at this stage.

Del has offered to take me sailing on Sunday, which should be a nice break from the work. Now off to bed, I have to row ashore and buy some epoxy thinners and a few more hardware items tomorrow.

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Shopping done, I have Epoxy Thinners #7 so can start on sealing the leaky deck this afternoon.

There were also some items needed at the hardware store, and no matter how hard I think about it there are always 10 more items that have to be added to the list as soon as I get back aboard. New sink plugs, check. Plug top for the extension lead, check. More GasMate 220gm butane cans, check. Tube of white mastic to replace the one that exploded yesterday when I tried to use it, check.

Water tank is full thanks to days of schlepping 20L at a time. Batteries are at their peak. Belly is full, sun is shining, and finally SEIKO (Someone Else's Internet Keeps Operating). Life's great!
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Old 11-24-2012, 07:18 AM   #23
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Now here's a laugh. My brother in Melbourne just received a letter for me from NSW Maritime. I asked him to open it, and it basically states that as of 20 Nov I have two weeks to make the boat seaworthy, and that also the rego sticker must be displayed.

Don't these pseudo-cops have anything better to do with their time? The registration sticker was affixed last Saturday and since then I've been visibly working on the boat daily. The date of the notice was Monday.

I told him to send it up. At least they can't throw me off the boat while I'm complying with their instructions to "make it seaworthy" - whatever that means.

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Couldn't be bothered to row ashore today, so I started off trying to fit the outboard that came with the deal. Those mountings snap shut hard, I thought I'd lost the tip of a finger but was too busy hopping up and down to look after it sprang up and landed on my bare foot after hitting a shin on the way down first.

Turns out my inverter can't handle the load of the hammer drill, so left that and started on the head. Cleaned, painted, drilled mount holes for the new macerator and plumbed it but left the final bits like wiring until after I get a piece of lino to cover the horrible old paint-spattered board it sits on. Sure looking brighter in there now anyhow. That really was the ugliest area on the boat, glad it's getting done. And of course being able to retire the ol' bucket will be a luxury.
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It's difficult to contemplate the universe when squatting over a bucket. A good dunny is a prerequisite to a happy life.
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Totally agree Auzzee. The "throne room" should be a place of quiet and comfortable contemplation.

I fully realize that I should have a tank, but since Sydney is the only place that gets narky about that - and since I don't EVER plan to visit the Med, the only other place this is needed - I went ahead with the macerator. Why buy something elaborate when you have one sitting there free?
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Well that toe is now black and blue from dropping the outboard mount on it. Today I did a trip around buying more stuff, and the dunny now has grey lino tiles under it, very swish indeed.

I started thinking about 240V power while having a coffee a while ago, and it occurred to me there's an easy way to wire it in. Got an old PC power cable and attached a 15A female to one end, then plugged from the inverter straight to the 240V inlet normally used when moored at a marina. Hey presto, all the power points and 240V light now work when needed. Sure better than having an extension cord running from the inverter, which I tended to trip over constantly.

Might even invest $40 in one of those K-Mart 700W microwave ovens now ...
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I'm all flushed with success, the dunny works! Woo-hoo!!
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