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.
Originally Posted by TheWollard
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.
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.