Monday, August 25, 2014

Auto Helm Install

I installed my autohelm this past Saturday.  Still fiddling with my outboards.  I am this close to pulling them out and bringing them to an outboard mechanic to go through them and get them to be reliable.



I had to order the bulkhead mount kit, since most of these are installed on pedestal mount wheels.





















This is the back side showing the motor coming through the bulkhead and the computer.  It is starting to get crowded in there, but doing my best to keep the wires neat.














This is the compass.  It needs to be in an area away from metal objects and the other compass.  Hopefully this location will be okay.

Unfortunately the autohelm kit did not come with wiring for the DC power/ground, so I was not able to test it.  I will take care of that next week.


















Just a photo of the single berth on the port side.  My girls and I actually slept on the boat a couple of weekends ago.  It was fairly comfortable.



















I found a spot for the ships clock that came with the boat.




















Thats all for now!















Sunday, August 10, 2014

I Got My WIFI

A couple of weeks ago, I got my Bullet antenna working and was able to get internet signals from the surrounding area (although most are encrypted) using an ethernet connection.  I am getting the signal from another boater (with his permission), so it is free.  I wanted to be able to share the signal with my girls, so I installed a wireless router.





Success!!!

Unfortunately the documentation that comes with both the Ubuquity Bullet and Pico Station was pretty horrible. However, I was able to find the information and settings I needed, using Google!





























This is an over view of the hardware, neatly tucked away in the corner of my "electrical closet".

























Here is a close up. Both the antenna and router receive Power Over Ethernet (POE). The blue enthernet cable, on the right, both sends power to the Bullet antennae, as well as, transmits data to the POE on the right. The data from the antenna is then routed via the white ethernet cable either to a stand alone laptop or to the POE (as shown) on the left. The data along with power is sent via the blue ethernet cable, on the left, to the Pico Station Router in the middle.  The router sends the WIFI signal via the white antenna.














Both POE's need a 120V power source, so I added the "power bar" shown, which also has two built in USB power ports.  I am using one for my iPhone.  That still leaves me with an available 120V socket.

























Still working on fine tuning my outboards.  Today I also flushed them with potable water.  Its not something I intend on doing after every use, since I have to use the water muffs.


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Got Twins 8-2-14



Got my furling genoa in this past week.  Still battling with my outboards.  Its been back and forth with the outboards.  Fix one and then the other acts up.  Oh well the life of a boat owner!

Took the boat yesterday for a sail with the new genoa.  Hit  8 knots in minimal wind.  My wind indicator is not working, so can't say for sure what the wind speed was.  Anyway, here is a short video.

I need to work on my audio skills!







Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Video Update

10,700 page views of this blog.  Amazing!

Still tweaking the rigging.  I had the furler installed last week and ordered a Genoa furling head sail. Going on vacation for a week, so hope to start doing some sailing soon!


Here is a photo of the skateboard bushings I used to protect the deck from getting damaged when the boards are raised.















This is the ProFurl furler I bought from a sailor on Cruiser's Forum about a year ago.

I hired a rigger to install it and tune the rest of the standing rigging.  I paid about $400, which was well worth it!

















Thankfully the kit came with extensions that were necessary to raise the drum above the pulpit.  I installed stanchion blocks and fair leads to lead the line back to the helm.
























Here is a short video of the inside of the cabin.














Sunday, May 18, 2014

Outboards Now Working (Keep Fingers Crossed)

Last week, I removed the carb from the port outboard and cleaned it again.  This time I was able to do a better job with the jet that was hidden below the plastic cap.  Outboard started right up.  On Friday, I took the boat out around the marina and filled up with gasoline.  Both outboards ran effortlessly so now I am feeling more confident.  I practiced getting in an out of the slip and even performing pirouettes by putting one throttle in forward and the other in reverse.

Still adjusting the hoses in the head.  I have a very small leak that I need to solve.

Meeting lots of nice people in the marina, without fail, everyone who has passed by the boat has complimented "Got Twins?".  Makes it worth the 2-year project!


On Saturday, I went up the mast to release my spinnaker halyard that was stuck since the day the mast was stepped.  I also put the Davis wind indicator back, that was removed when the mast was stepped.

The trip up the mast was done solo using my Top Climber.  I used a tether to wrap around the mast as some sort of safety feature.






Here is the view of the marina from the top of the mast.















On Saturday I also flew 3 of the jibs that came with the boat.  The first is a No. 1 jib that only reaches 75% of the way up the forestay.  The other 2 are genoas, one perhaps original and the other is made of mylar, which is not very friendly when trying to stow.  In the near future I will be installing a Pro Furler and I don't think any of the 3 will be useable.  Still trying to tweak the self tacking jib rigging.


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Rigging Tweaking

Spent most of yesterday, trying to get my port outboard to run properly.  I cleaned the carb, which gave some positive results, but I am still not happy with its performance.  I will continue to fiddle around with it before I call in a professional.  Took care of a few rigging matters as well.


I installed 2 stanchion fairleads (left side of picture) to keep the side board line tidy and off the deck.

















Playing around with the main sheet purchase and leading it forward.
















Here is the forward boom location showing the main sheet and other rigging.  The topping lift (black) and the main halyard (blue flakes) need to be switched at the exit plates.  It works okay so it is a low priority project.  I just don't care for the criss cross.


















The main sail is about 6" too long. So I took it home and cut the top off.  I then sandwiched the sail between 2 pieces of poly carbonate and temporarily glued it with some gorilla glue.  I will place some aluminum rivets around the perimeter and then drill a hole for the halyard and another for the sail slug.









I decided to document the water line location.  The storage locker has a couple of things in it, but not too heavy.  Right now both the rudder box and raised rudder are submerged just under an inch.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Inaugural Sail

Took Got Twins? out for a sail on Sunday.  Still need to work out some kinks.  The main sail needs to be cut about 6" as the there is no room to pull the boom straight down.  I also used the No. 1 Jib that came with the boat and tried to rig it to the self tacking track.  It is cut too high so it would not tack much past center.  Even with those issues, I was able to achieve 5 knots.  Here is a short video.