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Re: Lack of Confidence

If you plan to use the bosuns chair, be sure to read up on how to do so safely. Whomever is going to grind you up and then tend you down is also a critical piece of the puzzle. But, you should have the ability to self rescue, such as a prusik tied to a separate standing line.
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Re: Lack of Confidence

Not to sidetrack, but how was the sail to Islamorada? How long did it take?
BTW, I know EXACTLY what you mean about confidence. The worst is when you think you can finish a project, only to find out that you can't, or that project reveals another problem.
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Not to sidetrack, but how was the sail to Islamorada? How long did it take?
BTW, I know EXACTLY what you mean about confidence. The worst is when you think you can finish a project, only to find out that you can't, or that project reveals another problem.
It was a fun trip that took 4 days from Port Charlotte to Lower Matecumbe Key. This includes sailing in shifts overnight one of the nights. We ran into some big wind on our bow rounding Cape Sable and had to detour down to Big Pine Key then sail back up to Islamorada.

I am feeling good this morning. I know what I want to accomplish today.
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Awesome, hope today goes well!
Knowing that there will be more trips like that shows that there is a light at the end of the project tunnel!
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Here's a confidence booster. Working on your boat is not like working on a computer, where you may delete the hard drive without knowing it.

It is highly unlikely that you would get into a project and cause it to cost more to pay someone to finish it, then it would have cost to have them do it in the first place. You have nothing to lose. In fact, you will win this game more often than you tie.
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I have been afraid of electrocution during this process. I don't know what is safe and what is not, so I assume that touching things is not safe.
If you are REALLY scared, unplug from shore power, and disconnect the batteries. Then you KNOW you can't be electricuted and you can work safely. That's the safest approach, and really the best practice, especially if you are working behind the panel.

As a practical matter, you don't need to stress too much. I've done a lot of electrical wiring in my home, and been shocked several times (sometimes I'm too lazy to disconnect the power when swapping out switches). It will make you jump, but unless you have heart problems or other such issues, the quick jolt will be just that. I'm not saying you should set out to shock yourself, especially for a long time, but an accidental bump shouldn't be that bad. And a bump on the 12V circuit should be even less of an issue.

Also, if you're working on part of the circuit between the breaker and the battery, then you've got potential (no pun intended) issues if the battery isn't disconnected. However, if you're working on the part of the circuit AFTER the breaker, simply turn the breaker off. That shuts off the power to the entire circuit on which you are working.
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Re: Lack of Confidence

This afternoon we experienced a big storm in the keys. Wind gusts over 45 kts and heavy rain.

I spent the morning behind my fuse panel trying to make sense of the world. I disconnected the batteries, which are getting a fresh charge. I also removed quite a few snipped wires and connections which were obviously no longer in use.

Battery 1 is on the charger, and 2 is next.

The weather has kept me out of the water. Lightning strikes were fairly close by as the storm raged. No progress on my barnacle collector/prop.

I tightened all of the connections behind my fuses. One wire is too short and needs to be replaced. It keeps popping out of its crimp. Not the stereo though, it is the navigation lights fuse. I still have no idea why the stereo won't turn on. I am hoping the full charge will make a difference.

It's lightly raining now. The worst of the storm has passed. I am in the cabin enjoying the rain sounds and the borrowed west marine ac unit on Shore power. Even when frustrated, I love this more than anything else.

I've been routing my next trip to Titusville, and am excited. I am hoping for a nice weather window and outside sailing past MiamiLauderPalm metropolis and all of the bridges in that area.
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Re: Lack of Confidence

Just follow each wire to its connection point and test. You cannot electrocute yourself with three batteries even in parallel (the max voltage will only be 36V) If your that concerned slip on a pair of latex rubber gloves and get crackin.
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Re: Lack of Confidence

Congratulations on going after a project that had intimidated you! I'm glad you screwed up enough courage to give it a go. Hopefully you've seen that at least this basic stuff really isn't that bad. Especially when you're working in an airconditioned boat.
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Our boat is a 27 too, built in 1977.

When we bought her in August, most of the electrical system was cut out by the PO owner. By that, I mean the batteries and panel were removed, all wiring was still in place. It took me 3 days and filled 3 garbage bags full of 16 and 14 gauge wire. I spent an entire 3 day weekend removing wire. I wish I had taken pictures of the process.

I've started rewiring the boat and to this day, I sit here and think "I'm doing something wrong" because I have so little wire in the boat compared to before. It blows my mind that a boat with such a simple electrical system had such an astonishing amount of wire.

We will inevitably end up with a larger boat at some point, one that wasn't in the state we bought our current boat in. I am so OCD about wiring that I am not sure how I'm going to handle owning a boat and having to maintain an electrical system that I didn't put in.

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I tightened all of the connections behind my fuses. One wire is too short and needs to be replaced. It keeps popping out of its crimp.
One thing I learned, bite the bullet now and spend at least $120 on a good set of crimpers. Too many people buy those cheap hand destroyers to do their crimps and they inevitably fail. It's worth the investment, you could hang a brick off good crimps.

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I've been routing my next trip to Titusville, and am excited. I am hoping for a nice weather window and outside sailing past MiamiLauderPalm metropolis and all of the bridges in that area.
What is your plan?

We spent 6 months at Titusville Muni, 2 on the hard at Westland. The people in both spots are wonderful. It wasn't the nicest or most convenient stop we made on our trip south from JAX, but the marina is nice and folks are friendly.

Make sure you stop by Cocoa Village for a little while too, it's a nice area and worth the stop. The town is better than Titusville and things are more convenient from the marina.
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