Oops, Wind Sensor lightning arrest-er

OK after talking to Garmin support about the chart plotter (they are real nice) I found out that the two pieces I thought we useless are needed for the wind sensor. One is a in –line lightning arrester and the other is an in-line terminator saving a "T" connector for other uses :) Guess I should have read the instructions for the wind sensor. It looked so simple though and it works the way we have it connected, just not after a lightning strike :) and who needs to save money by not using the "T" connector provide! The gray one is the lightning arrest-er.

Garmin GMI 10 working!

 The first order of business was to put water in the batteries. Dam wet cells J
 So why not make it more complicated, that’s what I am good at J
Seeing as we need to open up the settee to get at the batteries and we want to clear a space for the 12,000 BYU ac unit under the salon seat lets run some mast wires up to the nav station.
Our 12,000 BTU Mermaid AC\Heat unite is in our storage shed and they are raising the rates and if we can remove the AC unit we can down size the storage shed.

To route the wires of course means drill more holes. Out comes the drill and hole saw.

New hole by white 10\3 wire

The first hole is under the salon seat and will also be used for the AC sea water intake cooling line.   

The next hole is in the cabinet by the settee. 
Here we use the handy dandy drill chuck Debbie got me as there is no room for a standard drill.

New hole.

Wires routed, Radar power and antenna cables, wind sensor cable and haler speaker wire.

 We will probably need yet another for the water maker but that's another project and we are not sure where the hole would go.

 And yet another hole got drilled by the batteries under the settee.

Where the AC is going to go. Still needs some more clean up.

Sattee - routing wires

 The settee is where we are storing the 5200 BTU ac unit till it is mounted in the stateroom.

 Each set of wires like to be run in separate spaces. The 120 volt wants it's own space, the DC and the instruments do also. This is a sail boat and we do not have that kind of space. We will see if there is any interference in the radar etc and if so shield the wires.

 We got the wires run as far as they would go.
 Now time for the fun stuff!

 Oh ya we got the water in the batteries also :)

This is on engine data and we will not have that sensor

Still on engine data

The Garmin GMI 10 is a instrument display and we are using it as a repeater in the Nave station. That means we can display the data from the sensors such as the wind sensor on top of the mast or the depth sensor in the hull.

A different view of engine data

Another view type of engine data the GMI 10 in demo mode

We only have one sensor working at this time and that is the wind sensor.

 The Garmin GMI 10 allows us to set alarms such as an anchor alarm.

The wind sensor will tell us:
  1. Apparent wind
  2. True wind
  3. Wind speed
  4. Air temperature

And possibly more but I know of those.
 On the GMI 10 you can customize the screens for each sensor. The screen you see in the video for wind data is just one choice.

 Buoyed with this success we tried to get the Garmin 720 working but need a cable.

SHURflow 4 GPM wash down pump for anchor

 We need a wash down pump for the anchor and chain. We have the current wash down hooked to fresh water (house water) but that is supposed to only be for a rinse. It is connected to a Y valve. No it is getting time for the sea water wash down installation.

Called SHURflow to see which one to get. The OEM is already in the RV\Boat the Aftermarket is at the store.  We had gotten an OEM pump one time from some place and it was a poor warranty.
3545 Harbor Gateway South
Suite 103
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Customer Service Hours:
5:00am-3:30pm PST
Fax: 714-371-1731
We are looking at the Pro Blaster Washdown Pump Model #:  
  4 GPM, 45 PSI, 1/2" Outlet
Close to ordering this pump. Now do we need another for the stern? 

Garmin 740 chart plotter mount

The white plastic rail mount do not work with the Garmin 740 chat plotter(CP) mount the way we want to mount it. 

They are just too long and are in the way of the Garmin plastic CP mount.
We want the teak wood to mount on the forward outside of the 1: SS guard rail. As you can see with the far right white plastic rail mount.

The Anchor ¾ SS clamps seem to work fine without the rubber on them. The rubber would work on a bigger size clamp however we like the look of just the SS clamp.
 This seems like the solution for the CP mount at this time. A couple of these on each end will do the job.

We got our new Main and Jib halyards!

 We got both of them the same color, red speck. We really wanted all white but the line did not come in the no color version.

 These halyards we purchased from RiggingOnly.com and it saved us over 50%. We priced these out at the local rigging shops and it would have cost us twice as much and sales tax. 

We did have the choice of all blue or all red but these will do fine.
  1. We do not race.
  2. We do not have new crew.

 So why do they need to be different colors, we know which ones they are. We do not use the jib halyard that much. Mostly tighten it at the dock so it does not bang in the mast and loosen it for sailing so the fuller works better.
 So now to install them :)

New Jib halyard

New Main halyard

Engine mount bolt - tap

Went to Tool Depot and picked up the tap for the engine motor mount bolt.
Today will be the bolt at United Fasteners. Also we will pick up some fasteners for the wire ties and cable clamps etc.

Safety through line bracket installed right

This SS rail  mount is for a safety throw line. We like it for someone who has fallen into the drink and is close enough to get a line to and if done quickly can be the difference in doing a figure eight or losing sight of them etc. it’s Just another option. I had lost a couple fine thread small nuts that went to two of the screws from when it was mounted on our Catalina 30 so it was in need of some fixing, that’s now done.

Engine mount bolt - more info

 Phil called and we talked about the bolt for the engine mount. He needs the length.

I had been talking to Beta Marine West and they gave me the length so I can get one locally. No sense paying the shipping for one bolt. They are very helpful. Beta Marine West is the distributor for the West Coast.

Beta Marine West
400 Harbor Dr.
Sausalito, CA

415-332-3507 - Phone
415-332-3525- Fax

The stock bolt is:
The tap size would be the same, 10mm with 1.25mm thread.
The thread length of the bolt is 25mm long.

The factory bolts in the photo are 10mm bolts with 1.25mm threads, grade 12.9. This is a high tensile bolt, normally available in a socket head style only.
A grade 8 or so would work just fine so now to find one locally.

 For the tap (10mm with 1.25mm thread ) it is available at Tool Depot in San Diego. Will pick it today.
3799 Gaines St, San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 220-7111 

Looks like it will be United Fasteners for the bolt ((619) 232-5111).

Garmin 740 chart plotter mounting

 The electronics got some attention. We tried the white SS 1” rail clamps again and will probably go with them for now to mount the Garmin 740 chart plotter.


Garmin NEMA 2000 started

 Then we worked on the NEMA 2000 network setup for the GMI 10 system. We had tried this the other day but came up confused. The Garmin GMI 10 instruction, and yes sometimes I do read them (but OK  not often) said that we should be able to connect to a new network with what was supplied. 

After messing with the parts that came with the GMI 10 it did not seem so. Whats with the closed ends?

 Yesterday we dug out our Garmin NEMA 2000 starter kit we purchased and it became apparent there were better parts in it. The others that came with the GMI 10 did not have enough Mmale\female openings. We removed the GMI 10 from the nav station to work on it.

 We connected the cable to the GMI 10 and a T. 

 The attached plug with the metal is really does not have a cable connected to it it just appears to have in the photo. It would be coming from the mast head wind sensor. 
There is one terminator block at the end.

The yellow power cable connected to a T and then the cable from the wind sensor on top of the mast only the cable is not routed yet so only the end that needs attaching to it. Now if the cable from the mast were attached and the power attached to the batteries (switch) then the GMI 10 should work. J

Refer lid - oh crap!

Debbie took on the thankless job of sanding the refer lid she fiber glassed.  

This was frustrating because it still does not fit back in the refer. We put too much fiberglass on the insulation and the fiber glass will most likely all need to come off the lid and we will need to start over. It has delimited in spots making the are too large to fit into the refer. Plus there is just too much fiberglass. Next try we will do one layer and then after it drays fit the top. So Debbie spent all her time after work sanding – fitting, sanding – fitting repeat. Also the work mate was out on the dock and that made for many trips into the boat from the dock. At the end of the evening it was frustrating to see all the time and work for nothing.

It was the first day of spring though so it’s got to get better!

Mermaid 5200 BTU AC plumbing

Stopped at Marine Exchange and picked up some3/4  non kinking rubber hose and four more hose clamps for the Mermaid 5200 BTU AC install. 

Some shots of Marine Exchange.

  The next step was to clean up the bronze fittings and then tape them for installation. Using denatured Alcohol and a wire brush we cleaned them, then wrapped them with plumbers tape. Then screwed the part in place and tightened the hose bard as it tighten the "T" some as it was getting tightened. Our handy dandy pipe wrench works great for this. Then tightened the "T" which did the pipe from the through hull valve to the "T". Pointed the "T out hole" for the wash down pump in the direction needed and all done with that.

 Now with the pieces in place, the strainer and hose barb it was time to fit the hose. The hose needs to be at a slight angel upwards so no air gets trapped. To do this the length had to be right. Also heating the hose and shaping it a bit helped.

 Now we can re-install the shower sump and start on the hose to the Mermaid 5200 BTU AC unite from the pump.

PSS Shaft Seal - Duramax

 After looking at this one I think we have a PSS Shaft Seal.

 While stopping at Marine Exchange I asked about this shaft seal. They did say it is a  Duramax Marine Shaft seal and did not recommend it.

This  It is a Duramax Marine Shaft seal.

Llightning ground - to where?

 Looks like there are a lot of opinions here. Last one was to do nothing and that may very well be what we do. Seems putting a big plate on the hull for lightning to pass through is a bit much and it may take the plate with it and the hull. There is still time to do some kind of ground if we wish.

Dave and Sam of Islena stopped by

 Dave and Sam of Isleña came by the other day for a visit. They have not seen our boat for a while and have not been to our new marina here at Kona Kai to see us before.
 It was great that they came by on a bleak rainy, stormy day! Dave and Sam were the sunshine in what was definitely a bleak day! Later in the day after they were gone we ended up watching a couple of weird movies and getting some much needed rest. Ate some good snacks and a pasta dinner too!
 Dave and Sam will be going back to Mexico (bus) to get their boat and cruise for a few months before  sailing up to San Francisco when the Mexico heat arrives.

Dave and Sam on Isleñ 

Sam me in the middle and Dave
Old pictures.

Mermaid 5200 BTU AC plumbing

 After taking the March pump out it needed to go back in. Gee let’s do that again :)

 We had a bit of time before dinner and the concert at SDSU so the pump got re-installed and we re-installed the sea strainer and then installed the hose fittings. The pipe wrench worked good for this being careful not to over tighten. 

Then we installed the ¾ hose from the sea strainer to the March pump.

 The section from the through hull valve to the sea strainer was still in engineering stage. To complicate things as I love to do we want to have this through hull work for a sea water anchor wash down also. To do this we are going to install a “T” and off it have a hose to a valve and then up in my hanging locker will be a sea strainer and a wash down pump. The pumps we have seen for sea water wash down need to be above the water line to make it even more complicated. We wanted to have the same wash down work at the stern also. This will likely not happen. We are now thinking a second sea water wash down pump for the stern and it would serve as a backup pump. But that’s another project.
 The hose from the through hull valve to the sea strainer for the AC will need to be of the non-kink able type. The hose we have we and you see in the photo we dislike for this purpose as the bend is about two feet and thus this type of hose could kink at some time. Time to pick up a couple feet of hose from Marine Exchange. That meant we had to stop.