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Project Log:  Friday, December 28, 2012

Researching various products to use in the boat, and ordering same, always seems like wasted time somehow, not really moving the project forward, but of course that isn't really true and is an important part of the overall process. 

This was one of those days, and I spent most of the allotted time looking into a few different things, starting with the LED rope lighting I wanted for the indirect lighting beneath the sidedecks on each side.  Before long, I found what I needed and ordered the products required to complete the lighting in these areas, including a switch and dimmer.


I also focused on the upcoming battery project, including such trivialities as battery switch, overall battery configuration, and possible inverter or inverter/charger.  Starting with the known factors (separate starting battery bank, and a single house bank consisting of four 6V batteries), I looked into various options for charging scenarios.  After spending a fair amount of time on this question, I tentatively settled on a simple setup using something like a Balmar Digital Duo Charge to isolate and charge the starting battery, along with an inverter or inverter/charger system from Victron Energy. 

Having an inverter for occasional use of AC appliances on board was virtually a given, but whether or not to incorporate a built-in battery charger was the larger question.  Since we had no plans to keep the boat at a dock, or otherwise have shore power available, the need for a charger was questionable, other than for handiness during the off-season to keep the whole boat powered and batteries charged.  That said, this seemed the time to incorporate whatever we might possibly want, rather than having to reconfigure sometime in the future if our needs changed.

I planned on having an AC shore power hookup, despite what I saw as a very minimal opportunity for its use, and liked the idea of having the inverter and charger combined into a single unit.  I still had to contemplate the cost/benefit and physical size and installation possibilities of these units before I could make final decisions but at least I'd narrowed down the possibilities to a single quality brand.

In real work, later, on the boat, I removed all the new cushions for safekeeping during the remainder of the project.  Then, I measured the rough openings of all the locker doors so I could mill the material required and start building the doors in the near future.

Finally, I masked off areas of the forward cabin as required around the chainlocker bulkhead and cabin trunk, then applied the first of several additional coats of varnish to the paneling and trim.


Total Time Today:  5.5 hours

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