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Boat Re-wired & Other Repairs, Before & After


Todd in NY

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Here is the port side gunwale with the rod holders

 

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From a slightly different angle

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I don't have the starboard side rod holders assembled yet. Not sure when I'll get to it.

 

I also replaced a metal basket with a plastic one. I usually store planer boards in it while they are drying out.

 

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I finished the starboard side rod holders today. Having those 8 rods out of the cuddy cabin sure does remove the clutter. So I have 16 rods stored in the gunwales and under the hardtop. The only 2 rods in the cuddy now are my 2 leadcore rods, a 5 color and a 10 color.

 

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I didn't notice a piece of wood trim on top of my helm until after I finished installing the gunwale rod holders this weekend.

 

After treating the other wood with teak oil, this unfinished piece really stood out in a bad way. Before...

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After...

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I sanded it down quite a bit because of the water damage on the right side. Again, not looking for the "new" look, just looking to improve the appearance and preserve the wood.

 

Thanks for following :-)

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  • 2 weeks later...

Replaced my fuel/water filter today, first time in four years. There was no water in the filter at all. I buy most of my gas at Fastrac. I have to pre-mix it at home before topping off my fuel tank.

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Today I installed an LED flood light on my bow rail. It's only 5" wide, but it puts out an advertised 26,400 lumens of 6000k cool white light. It comes as a two pack, but I only used one light. They are water proof (IP68), dust proof and shock proof. I also bought a separate rail mount for it.

 

Here it is before I trimmed the zip ties. I wanted it mounted just forward of the rail so that there is no glare or reflection from the light on the rail

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I wired it into my rocker switch panel with 16 ga wire and heat shrink connectors

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And now for the brightness test. There is a utility light on behind the boat with a sort of orange glow

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Now with the flood light on

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This light will be useful when I'm docking at night. It shines the light in a 200 degree beam. It was well worth the $35.88 for the pair of lights.

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Every time I go fishing early in the morning, when the fog is really thick, I get some heavy condensation or fog on the inside of my windshield. I put a fan in my previous boat, and it helped a lot. So I finally picked up a fan for this boat.

 

It's a 6" oscillating fan, and I didn't want to block my vision, so I mounted it behind my Helix 10

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I chose to not hardwire this fan, and left the 12v adapter plug on it.

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I always put the two size 24 batteries in my boat every spring, charge them with my two 25 watt solar panels that I mounted on my hardtop, then remove the batteries in the fall. I never realized that I didn't use heat shrink on my battery cables at the copper connectors.

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So today, I finally used heat shrink tubing on my four battery connectors. The absolute best heat shrink I have found is the Grote brand from Napa. This stuff has the best shrinkage and the most glue I've ever seen in heat shrink tubing and heat shrink connectors.

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Look at all the glue that is seeping out on the right side of the tubing, and the amount of shrinkage between the connector and the insulation

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