Mechanical ProjectsIt's winter here it Georgia. Chemistry such as paints and glues
just don't work now. So it's small jobs in the shop and interior tasks which I outline below. Here, you see a simple but effective solution for motoring. The stick steer for the motor leaves the motor free to rotate for maximal control. My job was to lock the motor for tiller controlled motoring "at speed."
You may remember I indicated that with the motor aft of the rudder, steerage from the rudder becomes almost completely ineffective below about 3 knots. That is why I installed stick steering to make motor steering from the cockpit happen for maneuvering.
I checked out the details regarding use of the composting head. Turns out I didn't have a handle to run the stirring rotor. I sent away to the makers of Airhead and got what was supposed to fit the adapter. No go. Wrong handle. They are sending me a current handle as this head turns out to be their latest. The pinned adapter was for using a common ratchet. Who knew.
The breaker panel on the left is new. I had to replace the fuse panel (4 circuit) in place previously due to a broken rocker switch. The six switch breaker had a full set of buss bars so no forest of jumpers. just two main connections, ground and 12 volt positive to their respective bus bars and individual circuit wires.
12 volt and data wiring
Data and 12 Volt Instrument wiring
The wire exits up to the autopilot connector carrying SeaTalk, NMEA and 12 volts. SeaTalk provides wireless autopilot control from the pennant I wear around my neck. NMEA signals provide correction signals for route following. The Raymarine S-100 unit was rescued from another boat.
Sometime this winter the GPS unit will be bought. I will install this near the cockpit. The through hull transducer will provide sonography, water speed and temperature.
The GPS Mapping Unit
Budget and Planing
Do I have a budget and a specific set of plans for upgrades on Shallow Minded? Yes, As a matter of fact Karen helped me build a spread sheet to track our current goals and also any unexpected new expenses. Here is a screen shot of the Excel sheet as of right now.
The table is set to show over budget items that are added or that cost more than the estimate.
These items do not include previously purchased items such as the motor and all the modifications to make controls fully remote. I will add those later so we can get an idea what the total cost is. Currently, we are using this to keep us focused and help us track our progress.