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I have begun rewiring the boat, it's COLD outside so I didn't get too far. I'll go back tomorrow and work until I get too cold. I purchased all the wire online for less than half what it would have cost me at a retailer, also bought some 14-16ga, 10-12ga heat shrink terminals, and some clear shrink wrap. What I did is put labels under the shrink wrap identifying the circuit. I printed these on a thermal labelmaker and was afraid heating the shrinkwrap with the labels under them would turn them black, but it didn't, they turned out perfect. I did have trouble getting them shrunk however, it's so cold that both the torch lighter and the regular Bic lighter I had on hand simply refused to light. Warming them up next to the little space heater seemed to work, but they were still unreliable at best. So you can see some carbon deposits on some of the shrinkwrap.

I want to get this done while it's cold so I can get to work on the mechanical systems that need attention. I have a lot of work to do before it gets warm enough to do any painting.

Box of cable, terminals, and misc. Anyone know where I can crimp the 4ga terminals? West Marine? My crimper won't crimp that big.







I have an LED fetish! Every light in the boat will be LED.



A co-worker was nice enough to scrounge up some 3/4" aluminum plate for me, this is $100 worth of aluminum! (retail, not scrap value) This will be used to rebuild the mast step. The sandwich will be:

Top of deck
3/4" aluminum (replacing the plywood)
middle skin
3/4" aluminum (replacing either more ply or balsa, the internets are not clear on this layer)
bottom layer
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Box of cable, terminals, and misc. Anyone know where I can crimp the 4ga terminals? West Marine? My crimper won't crimp that big.
Too bad you're all the way in Buffalo. I have battery terminal crimpers and would be glad to help out if you were closer by.
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A co-worker was nice enough to scrounge up some 3/4" aluminum plate for me, this is $100 worth of aluminum! (retail, not scrap value) This will be used to rebuild the mast step. The sandwich will be:

Top of deck
3/4" aluminum (replacing the plywood)
middle skin
3/4" aluminum (replacing either more ply or balsa, the internets are not clear on this layer)
bottom layer
interior liner
I'd recommend you go with solid glass, rather than putting any aluminum inside the laminate. The aluminum has a different expansion coefficient from the fiberglass IIRC, and that may cause some issues. Going with an area of solid glass backed by the aluminum would probably be safer in the long term.

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Thats a good way the have the labels last a long time...I used the Rhino label maker and just love it.
I ended up buying a big crimper.
I used a heat gun for the shrink wrap and the few shrink terminals..it worked great.
Nice bits of aluminium...good friend eh!
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I would have agreed with the dog had I not known this......
The bracket that my hydraulic cylinder for my auto pilot is connected to is aluminum glassed to the hull...that happened about 12 years ago...no problem.
It MAY be OK.

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How big and thick is the piece of aluminum you're talking about. I doubt it is the size of the one he's using to reinforce the mast step. Also, the deck will see a lot more sun and heat up more than the hull generally does.
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The bracket that my hydraulic cylinder for my auto pilot is connected to is aluminum glassed to the hull...that happened about 12 years ago...no problem.
It MAY be OK.

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Hunter and others use plates of aluminum as hardware backing in the decks in their production boats, so if they don't have a problem using it, I don't. Yeah the lights are coast guard approved lights.


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