Boat Projects

I try to do all the work on my boats myself as much as possible. It’s the only way to afford a boat and a great to way to learn all the systems in case I needed to fix them in some far flung location without any facilities. Since I was (maybe still am) a kid I always loved building things, so most of these projects were just an excuse to have some fun ;-). When working on some of these more complex projects, like rewiring the electrical system, the best source for information I found was other cruisers’ blogs and I hope the posts below (which I am still writing as I get time) will be helpful for others embarking on similar projects.

Electrical and Energy Generation
Designing and building new electrical system with 450AH house battery bank and monitor – Jan 2010
Designing and building a 170W solar energy platform with MPPT controller – Jul 2010
Installing a KISS wind generator – May 2010
Installing a 80W Balmar high output alternator with smart regulator – Jul 2010
– Installing a Inverter – post coming

Engine
Designing and installing a second diesel fuel tank – May 2010
Installing a Racor 500MA fuel filter – May 2009
Rebuilding the raw water pump – Aug 2008
Installing a Kiwiprop feathering propeller – Mar 2010
– New shaft, cutlass bearing and dripless seal – post coming
– Replacing the oil lines on 1GM10 (J/92) – post coming

Self Steering
Installing a Monitor Windvane – Nov 2009
Installing a Raymarine wheelpilot – Jan 2009
– Installing a tillerpilot on my J/92 – post coming

Navigation and Instruments
Installing a Raymarine C80 Chartplotter and Radar – Nov 2008
– Installing new Raymarine ST60 wind, speed and depth instruments – post coming
– Installing new instruments on my J/92 – post coming

Anchoring
Installing a new Lewmar H3 Windlass – June 2009
– New Ground tackle for offshore work – post coming

Standing Rigging
Replacing the rod standing rigging, furler and backstay adjuster – Mar 2010
– Installing a new LED masthead tricolor & anchor light – post coming
– Replacing all in mast wiring and masthead instruments – post coming
– DIY Installation of new standing rigging on my J/24 – post coming
– Building a new boom for my J/24 – post coming

Running Rigging
Rebuilding Lewmar winches – Jan 2009
– New “incockpit” reefing system – post coming
– Installing a Dutchman boombrake system – post coming

Communication
Installing an  ICOM M802 SSB Radio with Pactor 3 Modem – Jul 2010
– Installing a Standard Horizon VHF Radio with AIS- post coming
– Installing a Brookehouse Multiplexer for sharing navigation data with a laptop – post coming
– Installing a Bullet wifi booster – post coming

Sails
New sail wardrobe – July 2010

Plumbing
– Installing all new below the waterline thruhulls – post coming
– Installing a larger bilge pump, automatic bilge switch and bilge monitor – post coming

Safety
Liferaft – Aug 2010
– Fire equipment overhaul – post coming
– Category 0 SOLAS flares – post coming

Other
The bottom job – Jan 2009
– New Dinghy and Outboard motor – post coming
– New propane tanks and fittings – post coming
– Replacing the glass and seals in all hatches and ports – post coming
– Installing outside speakers for music system – post coming

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