Kato Marine Island Davit Motor wiring - continued

End of June 2015 - Paradise Village Marina in Banderas Bay Mexico

OK I found these items while doing research into the problem. It looks like they will work together but will they work with the Badland Harbor Freight winch? When and how to get them to mainland Mexico, we are not in San Diego or in La Paz now.



MotoAlliance ATV/UTV Replacement Contactor/Solenoid 1500lb-5000lb Winches 



MotoAlliance ATV/UTV Replacement Contactor/Solenoid 1500lb-5000lb Winches 

MotoAlliance Replacement ATV / UTV Handlebar Mini Rocker Switch - All Winches 




Out\In would be up\Down


12V 12 Volt Wireless Remote Control Kit for Truck Jeep ATV Winch

Kato Marine Island Davit Motor wiring?

End of June 2015 - Paradise Village Marina in Banderas Bay Mexico


Ok, the dinghy davit motor is missing a Solenoid box. We are in Paradise Village Marina in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. We received this motor from some cruisers who brought it down just before we left to go cruising this last season. No time to install it. We were anchored out for 6 months and did 1000 nm. We just got back for hurricane season and started to install this motor.

We took the Kato Marine Island Davits to the weld shop and got a motor mount welded onto the starboard davit. We ran the two # 8 awg wires and were about to grab the solenoid when we noticed yikes, it is missing! So now what? Well we are copying Danny and Deborah on s/v Cyclades, as they have done this same thing. So we went to dinner over on their boat and we brought our motor. As it stands, our motor will not work without the remote or the solenoid which controls the remote. So they (Danny) just used a switch and put some alligator clips on the end of the wires. He clips them on the two terminals on the motor. Then flips the switch and up comes the dinghy. If you reverse the wires, down goes the dinghy.

It works and ours could work the same way but…we were hoping to have something more permanent. Like the wires bolted to the motor and protected from the weather.
Now to find a way to get an up-down-off switch hooked to the motor if you need to reverse the wires on the terminals to control direction?

If not, or even so, is there a way to get a remote to work or the one that came with the motor? The motor was purchased from Harbor Freight.

OK I hear you about to say - keep it simple with the raising of the dinghy. We are keeping our old system of block and tackle just in case of a failure. We do use the dinghy a whole lot and each time it comes up and then down. This is the motor, dinghy wheels, gas tank end so it is rather heavy and we do not want to downsize the dinghy and motor etc. I have a bad hip and do not want to stop cruising because of it until it is replaced.
We sent an inquiry into the Sailnet forums to see what answers there are.





Thinking of adding a box for a switch.






Danny's system.

Varnishing the stateroom hanging locker louvered doors

End of June 2015 - Paradise Village Marina in Banderas Bay Mexico
We are currently house sitting in Bucerias.

Started varnishing the stateroom hanging locker louvered doors

These take some time to do. This one is all sanded and washed with TSP.

Putting on the first coat of diluted varnish.

No A/C in here and it is hot. In the 90's and high humidity. 
Varnish still seems to do great, not me so much. 
I have to be careful not to drop sweat into the work.

OK not bad :)

I put  coat two on the back side also.

We will not get these two door done before our house sitting job is done. We had just too many things going at the same time, bet you know that feeling. We do (as it stands now) have another house sitting gig at the first of the month. We will then finish off these. We will have four coats on them before we start the new gig.

Stern shower re-done

End of June 2015 - Paradise Village Marina in Banderas Bay Mexico
We are currently house sitting.

So, the first stern shower we installed has never worked the way we wanted it to - it just dribbles out. It is, we think, because it is hot and cold water. The white hose that connects to the stern shower first connects to a T where the boats hot/cold water 1/2" hose connects and where the boats 1/2" cold water hose connects.  After the T splits the water (restricting it) then goes into the white 1/2" hose and is split all the way to the shower head, hot in one side and cold in the other (restricting it). So it never worked well. We have another wash down connection like the one we have at the bow for washing down the anchor rode. We are installing it here for a stern shower that will actually work, but with just cold water. Here in Mexico, most of the time cold water is just fine. In our nice head shower we have hot and cold if we need to go for a full blown shower.

Stern shower.

What the stern shower looks like (did) on the inside of the rear starboard lazerett. You can see the T and white hose that you pull out (the white hose) when you use the shower.

Looks good!

Now we have a hole to deal with. Probably some round starboard 
and then installing the wash down into that outside in the cockpit.

Wash down connected to 1\2" hose that is running from under the galley sink. 
We have two hoses - one for hot, the other for cold coming from under the galley sink.
 We will now remove the hot water hose and we can re-purpose it for our bow wash down, and A/C units" fresh water rinse we are installing.

This is the wash down in the lazerett. 
This will be mounted where the shower was. 
This was just for test of concept, will it work for our needs etc.

Will be in cockpit.

As you can see the house water pump that we used on the stern shower 
with no luck now works great with the wash down. There is no T now
or split white hose to restrict the water. No hot water either though. 
Like I said, the hot water on the stern shower
 is not an issue at least for us in the Mexican Riviera.

Aaaa...a nice shower to wash off the sea life and salt water after a swim 
or freshen up after a kayak or paddle board outing! 

When cleaning the bottom we usually put the hot water heater on as we are running the Honda 2000 generator to power the DeWalt air compressor. This gave us a nice hot water shower in the head. In fact we did not use our Sun Shower once this last 6 months straight at anchor! Our head shower is so nice and even a cold water shower is nice in there. We actually just use enough hot water to make the shower water a bit warmer than cold....just to take the bite out of the cold water. In this climate, that is all we need.





Achilles LSI-310E dinghy got a D ring, or Not!

Beginning of November 2015 - At private slip in Nuevo Vallarta in Banderas Bay, Mexico

While house sitting in Bucerias we tried once again to cement theis D ring onto our Achilles 10.2 LSI-310E dinghy. The cement marks you see are from a previous try at this unattainable goal.

Cleaned and ready to go.

Cemented and holding the D ring in place.

Stacking weight on the D ring.

All done!

Pulled right off!


Ok fast forward to the end of the summer while we are house sitting in Nuevo Vallarta.
Here we tried 3M 5200 fast cure after it was suggested by Danny and Debra on S\V Cyclades.

After letting it set over night it pulled right off.

The cement we try always stays cemented to the D ring but not to the Hypalon on the Achilles dinghy! Maybe next year :)





Garmin under deck autopilot drive A rudder sensor broken

Middle of June 2015 - Paradise Village Marina in Banderas Bay Mexico

Debbie sat in the lazerett and tested our Garmin GHC 10 class A under deck autopilot unit with a multimeter. The rudder sensor went out on us leaving Acapulco this last season. The rudder sensor as it turn out is dead. Now for the warranty replacement issues ect.


The black pins were what was tested for resistance.

Full Extension - .5 kOhm

Full Retraction - 9.5 kOhm

If you do not get these values, then the built-in rudder feedback sensor has failed and we'll either need to replace the entire drive unit or provide you with a GRF 10 external rudder feedback sensor to install.

We did not get these values.
So we are working to get a GRF 10 external rudder feedback sensor to install, under warranty. If not the price is about $250.00 USD. Getting the drive A unit back to the US for replacement\repair is next to impossible from mainland Mai land Mexico..

Re-worked reefing lines

Beginning of June 2015 - Paradise Village Marina in Banderas Bay, Mexico

 Our reefing system could be better. Debbie had to do more work then necessary to raise, lower and reef the main sail.

We moved the second reef line to the starboard side and then moved the Garhauer block on the boom to under the slit on the sail cover, where it should be.

We do not keep a reef line in the third reef as it is hard to manage raising and lowering the sail. It is along line and we have never needed it. If we went some where where we thought we might need it then we can put it up on the sail. For instance, if we to cross the Gulf of Tehuantepec we would put it in just in case.

The line tied around the boom will go through the eye with a stopper knot. It is for the second reef line. Having it tied around the boom is not a bad way to have the second reef or any reef line attached. It works as a stop when reefing and is stronger than a eye. It is just a dirt collector and makes cleaning the boom hard and chafing can take the paint off the boom. 



Port side with third reef line.

Garhauer block removed from boom.

New screw holes drilled and tapped, oops messed up one!

Not knowing what to do with the empty screw 
holes so we put screws back in them.

New third reef  block location.


Starboard side with first and second reef lines.

More Shadetree boat awning systems upgrades - again

Beginning of June 2015 - Paradise Village Marina in Banderas Bay, Mexico

The Shadetree boat awning systems are getting some more upgrades.  Debbie is replacing a couple of zippers on the aft one with " jacket zippers ". (One will be changed out on the forward one, too!)  Also, we added snaps to the forward Shade Tree this winter while at anchor. This will make it easier to add the side shade we use along with the Shade Trees. We will be putting these up for the Summer season soon.  They really help the A/C out by shading the boat and have the side benefit of shedding the heavy rains we get form time to time during, guess what, the rainy season. (Note that we are house sitting which is the reason Debbie is sitting at a dining room table with the sewing machine on it!)


Dinghy davits welded at Elario Gonzalez

Beginning of June 2015 - Paradise Village Marina in Banderas Bay, Mexico

Taler De Torno Gonzalez - Facebook
tel 322 293 4848

 Our Kato Marine Island Davits are getting (we hope) the last modifications this season. We are adding an electric motor mount, moving two cleats, moving two cam cleats and adding skids to the bottom of each davit.


This big shop is in Puerto Vallarta (PV) down past the 
Costco and in by El Pitillal.. 


SS bus stop.
The directions we got included "look for the stainless steel bus stop" but after we found the shop we saw the bus stop hiding in trees :)

Everything on the building is Stainless Steel (SS). All the railings and seats and fixtures are SS. It is very clean and like always everyone is very nice. The pricing is great and the work seems excellent. 

 The person we dealt with - Enrique -  who did the actual welding, spoke English. We chose to bring the work to the shop for a nice price savings. They do come to the marinas. We made several trips to discuss each step and each time stopped at Costco for a frozen yogurt lunch.

A SS boat hanging by the entrance. 
There is lots of SS eye candy about. Art work in SS.

You can see a couple of custom SS boat wheels
 on the floor wrapped with newspapers along with other goodies.

Some SS art.

We were going to pick up our Kato Marine Island Davits on Monday but they called on Friday saying everything needed to be picked up right away. They had gotten called away by Carlos Slim (who owns Telcel) and have to go work on his (super) yacht ... in La Paz. They drive up to Mazatlan and then driving onto the ferry. This says something for their work as he is the richest man in Mexico and uses only them (that I know of) for SS work.

Some SS art.

Some SS art.

Our Kato Marine Island Davits which are "Some SS art" :)


Talking over the motor mount with Enrique.


We printed out some pictures of the davits 
while they were on the boat so "Enrique"
 could better understand what we wanted.


Partial template for the skid we wanted for the bottom.


New location for cam cleats and SS cleats.




One of the guys hamming it up :)

What they put on the buffing wheel to polish the SS.

Debbie doing some financials!!

Some of the shop - it was very clean!

Some parts ready for pick up. 

King posts on shelf.

Art work.

More SS art work - Enrique made this for his brother.

Most everything is made from SS here.

Debbie with some of the parts to be fabricated.

Looks good. Just placed on the mount.

One of the skids...davits back on the boat and they fit well!