Captain Crunch Part II

Dearest readers, I accidentally published an unfinished post last night! My apologies. Here is the first volume of the finished post, the rest will come later tonight.

We’ve decided that the amount of stuff we want to post about has reached such epic proportions that we can’t pepper the following pictures with very detailed descriptions. But I will try my best to create a compelling narrative using mostly images.

Stout is getting a new electrical system: batteries, battery charger and two solar panels. The system will allow the batteries to be hooked up to either shore power or the solar panels, so that we are off the grid and we won’t have to run the engine in order to charge the batteries.

Kasy magic turned this here pile of wood into a shelf to hold Stout’s new batteries.

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The batteries were originally stored in the lazarette.  This didn’t make a lot of sense because the batteries hardly ever need to be accessed or moved, and the lazarette is one of the most readily accessible storage spaces. There was also a much bigger chance that the batteries would get wet in a compartment right in the boat’s cockpit.  So the new batteries were to be stored on the new shelf, which was to be installed inside the bottom/middle of the aft bulkhead. This spot is hard to access, but since the batteries should almost never need to be moved, it made sense. The first two pictures here show the spot from the outside and from the inside.

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Shoving the shelf into place around all the pipes and through holes, bolting it securely, and transporting the 50 lb. batteries into place involved several forms of boat acrobatics.

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After the shelf was secured on the transom, it was time to rewire the batteries. For a couple of days, Stout looked like someone had broken in and thrown everything across the room just for fun.

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This shows the newly installed battery charger at the far end of one of the long cabinets underneath the cockpit. On the left, you can see a big square hole in the wall, which we made to install a new access hatch.

We haven’t installed the solar panels yet, but when we do, we will post pictures. At the moment we’re still hooked up to shore power.

The next project was replacing the cockpit vent with an access hatch. The vent looks like a vent but actually does nothing because there is a plate of plexiglass bolted behind it to keep water out of the cabin.  So Kasy bought a new hatch for this space, and now we can get to the contents of that long cabinet that is hard to access from inside the boat.

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 Sweet! Moving on to the next project! Once upon a time, the lazarette of the boat was a mess.  It was crowded with pipes for the bilge pump and the engine that took up far too much room and didn’t allow much to be stored in the compartment. So Kasy got in there with some 90 degree hose connectors, cut out the extra hoses, re-fastened the shortened ones, and moved some things around.

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Lengths cut out of unnecessarily long hoses in the lazarette.

Next, Kasy replaced the wood floor of the lazarette with a better one, with the plan of making a second floor above the first one. Both floors are removable.

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The second floor is made up of four interlocking pieces of protected plywood, which sit on slats bolted to the sides of the lazarette.

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The take-apart second bow anchor, the second bow anchor rode (the anchor’s rope & chain), plus 250 ft of 1/2inch rope fit underneath the second floor of the lazarette.

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I’m going to leave you with this, and will post the rest of the pictures later today. For now, can you find Stout in the picture below? Because she’s in there! Thats Philly from up on the Ben Franklin Bridge.

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First person to find Stout in this picture gets a mystery prize.

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