Got our new bimini installed

 Got our new bimini installed. Am not sure about the stretch of the fabric. We got a Weblon vinyl fabric with white on top side and sand on under side. It looks as if it may collect water. 


We will hose test it this weekend. There is a Catalina 34’ boat in out next slip with a vinyl bimini. We will water test theirs also for them to see if there is a difference J. It takes a bit of getting us too. We got a 10x20 window also.



Moved the battery charger

Marina Cortez in San Diego Harbor Island 3\30\2010 

This weekend we moved the battery charger (original one) from the hanging locker where it was to the new location the starboard lazerett.

 On our boat there is a separate compartment in the lazerett for electronics with an acces door by the nav station. You can also see part of the new Xantrek 2000 charger\inverter under a plastic bag there we have yet to hook up. Looking down at it. This move is part of that process. 

 We have already re-located the batteries and drilled holes under the sole to access the batteries for the charger. The batteries are now under the rear of the starboard satee. They were also in the hanging locker. Still to be moved is a depth sounder from the hanging locker. PO stuff.

The picture shows the spot where the charger was with the depth sounder on top.

Above new location by new charge behind nav station.
Where it was in hanging locker-empty space

New location behind nav satation.


In hanging locker

In hanging locker

In hanging locker

Moved the battery charger

Marina Cortez in San Diego Harbor Island 3\30\2010 

This weekend we moved the battery charger (original one) from the hanging locker where it was to the new location the starboard lazerett.

 On our boat there is a separate compartment in the lazerett for electronics with an acces door by the nav station. You can also see part of the new Xantrek 2000 charger\inverter under a plastic bag there we have yet to hook up. Looking down at it. This move is part of that process. 

 We have already re-located the batteries and drilled holes under the sole to access the batteries for the charger. The batteries are now under the rear of the starboard satee. They were also in the hanging locker. Still to be moved is a depth sounder from the hanging locker. PO stuff.

The picture shows the spot where the charger was with the depth sounder on top.


Above new location by new charge behind nav station.


Where it was in hanging locker-empty space


New location behind nav satation.


In hanging locker

In hanging locker

In hanging locker

Got our bimini frame installed









This weekend we got our bimini frame installed (well Monday). The handsome guy with the hat on is me. The other guy (not as handsome as me) is Todd from San Diego Canvas. We are shooting the fat over the wind generator pole and outboard motor lift scenario. Neat day or so should see the bimini on!

Got our new H3 Lewmar windlass working







This is the anchor locker with the old windlass removed. It was on top of the wood. Also you can see our 45lb CQR will not fit in the anchor locker.

 









Just ordered the 35' cables for the H3 Lewmar windlass. They go to the haouse battery bank.


 Rode size 9/16-5/8


1/16, 1/8, 3/16, 1/4, 5/16, 3/8, 7/16, 1/2, 9/16, 5/8, 11/16, 3/4, 13/16, 7/8, 15/16 


A 10% drop in curent is allowed. We got 2 AWG cables for this.
Got the cables from:
http://genuinedealz.com/
The cables will be cut shorter when we get the batteries set up in their final configuration.


Also installed the breaker in the head in a cabinet where it is not in your face but easy to get at.


 We got our windlass H3 Lewmar with 3/8 chain and 45# CQR anchor working this weekend. We did an anchor drop and pick up and the gypsy slipped at the bow roller when the anchor reached that point. We then tightened the clutch and it pulled the anchor up over real nice. Did it again without a problem. Anchor clears everything easily, bow pulpit and furler. We have only installed the hand wired remote so far for controlling the windlass. We will take some photos soon of the whole set up with the anchor at different points. A couple are attached of the initial install. We have not installed the emergency had retrieval system yet either. I think with a cockpit switch and a chain counter most of the anchoring could be done in the cockpit if need be. Also I plan on getting one of those key fob remotes, I like toys and think they are cool. Wonder if they work from the cockpit? And wonder how long before I loose itJ. Any way got add a couple foot switches by gypsy and one up foot up switch by the rope drum.



On a side note:
Any idea what to do for a shackle for the 44# Bruce look alike that is from Lewmar? I have tried a couple different ones that you would thing would fit but do not. The larger one it kinda fits but is a bit tight in the pin. It also is too big for the bow roller. The smaller one for the 3/8 chain does not fit over the anchor.


Xantrex Freedom charger\inverter

 Because we will be living on our boat for a long time to come we decide on a 2000 watt charger\inverter. We may never need all that but we may grow into it. We may sail to Costa 
Rica and then eventually up to San Francisco. Or farther south etc.


So we have purchased a Xantrex Freedom modified sin wave charger\inverter.
Because of space considerations we chose a unite that had both instead of separate unites.
We chose a modified sin wave because it run on one fan most of the time. We wanted as much quiet as possible. We do not want a microwave oven and do not watch much TV.
We decide on mounting the unite in the are just behind the nav station into the starboard lazeratte. It is on our boat a separate are with an access door by the nav station. On the newer boats around 1981 Islander did away with this separate compartment. Any way with it there we can vent the fan heat out to the outside lazertte. Important for us as we will be in the tropics and do not need more heat in the cabin. It also offers easy access and we can put our batteries under the settee. The batteries are a total project in themselves so we wrote about them separate.


We also bought a Xanterx Link 2000 to monitor the batteries.


05/12/10 At this time we are in the process in upgrading all the battery cables to 4/0 AWG and installing a starting battery. After this is done we will buy the two cables that run from the charger inverter to the batteries and hook it up. In the mean time we are using the original charger. We moved it to this location from the aft hanging locker in the master stateroom.
This the old charger in the new location. You can see a cut away in the separation panel of the lazerett. It was for an outboard motor.



This is the old charger and batteries in the hanging locker.


This is where the charger was in the hanging locker.




Above is the old charger in the new location. You can see a cut away in the separation panel of the lazerett. It was for an outboard motor.