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13 Hours Ago 09:11 AM
tschmidty
Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

So it looks like rain for our trip so I added a bimini top, got it from Amazon for $104 shipped. Had to cut it down quite a bit, it was 46", cut it down to about 33 to fit under the boom so I could use it while sailing.

Oh, and I finally cleaned the top sides!

Link to the bimini (associate link): Amazon.com: Best Choice Products SKY1161 6' 600D UV Waterproof Top 3 Bow Bimini Boat Cover with Storage Case: Automotive

6 Days Ago 12:39 PM
blobaugh
Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

Your updates are making me restless to get my own boat out of the water and start on her projects! Waiting on the boatyard since I do not have any land to do the work on myself :S
6 Days Ago 12:33 PM
tschmidty
Added a pop top tent. Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

I went ahead and whipped up a basic pop top tent for a little privacy at rest. This is just something i hacked together to get a pattern for when I build a real one from sunbrella with windows and what not.

You can also see the front hatch which I think came out really good.

1 Week Ago 12:00 PM
blobaugh
Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

That looks great!
1 Week Ago 01:14 PM
tschmidty
Refurnishing Front Hatch RE: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC:

The front hatch on our boats is a strong plastic of some variety, not acrylic or lexan. I was lucky in that my front hatch was not badly damaged, just some cracks along the back edge, but a ton of crazing. It was actually pretty solid since i did manage to step on it a few times.



So I figured it couldn't hurt to try to pretty it up now that the windows look so good!. I epoxied the cracks in the back and then brushed the whole top of it with a couple layers of thinned epoxy to fill the cracks and crazing in it. Then covered it with about 10 coats of a semi gloss spar varnish.





The second image is just to show that it is still translucent, never be clear with all the crazing and such.

Overall really happy with it and I think it should hold up pretty well. I will probably make a cover for it for when it is stored just to keep the varnish fresh. Time will tell how it holds up.
3 Weeks Ago 08:41 PM
tschmidty
Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

So a smaller thing I did was add slides to my cooler instead of the 4 teak blocks and straps it had before. the straps were really hard to fasten or unfasten. I cut some slides from some spare starboard I had with the table saw and now it can slide in and out and is stable for a step no matter the position. It doesn't lock but I could drill some holes to pin it in different positions if I wanted.





04-22-2016 10:55 AM
blobaugh
Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

Thanks for the details! I will start looking into this stuff this summer when I get the boat back. It sounds exciting. I have been reading about some fun arduino projects as well
04-22-2016 09:14 AM
tschmidty
Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

So what I have on board is this:

a tiny wifi hub ($16): http://www.amazon.com/TP-LINK-TL-WR7...ds=pocket+wifi

a wireless usb hub ($60): http://www.amazon.com/IOGEAR-Wireles...ireless+usb+hu

a usb serial device($8): http://www.amazon.com/USB2-0-Adapter...usb+serial+422

a usb gps ($22): http://www.amazon.com/Generic-Receiv...=usb+gps&psc=1

The usb hub uses 12v power so runs directly off the battery and that drives everything else.

The gps and serial are plugged into the wireless usb hub. The wifi hub is because the usb hub does not support ad hoc (computer to computer) connections so needs to go through a hub.

So with this set up, my laptop connects to teh hub and can then see the gps and aupilot which is wired into the serial interface. The PolarNavy software Polar Navy - Marine Navigation Software then can see all of that and you can use it as a chartplotter to do everything you might want (routes, etc.)

Really can't say enough good things about the polarnavy software, works really well, easily downloads and updates charts (raster and vector), does everything you could want and it's only $50. You can install it on up to 5 computers and it has a trial version so you can test it out.
04-22-2016 12:00 AM
blobaugh
Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

I am a tech nerd also actually

Some research led me to the st1000 and st2000. The st2000 is only $70 more on Amazon currently. I will probably wind up getting one of those after my boat is out of the yard.

The Win10 tablet is a great idea. I found this RayControl app that works on most tablets, but unfortunately it does not work with this autotiller it seems.

Did you figure out how to make the autotiller wireless or do you constantly have to be connected to it to use the software with it?
04-21-2016 11:35 PM
tschmidty
Re: '81 Spirit 23 in Charlotte, NC

I have a Raymarine st1000 tiller pilot. Pretty easy install and works well. My only complaint is that it is a bit of a pain to calibrate. You have to go through the whole procedure to get it to calibrate the compass. It's not actually a problem except that I actually have mine set up that I can hook it up to my laptop and have it function as a chart plotter. It hooks up via a usb serial port.

On a side not PolarView software from Polar Navy is really nice inexpensive navigation software that will hook up to any number on instruments. My next step is to get a cheap windows 10 tablet to run it (<$100 fora cheap one these days) and you have a cheap chartplotter that can do all kinds of things. I have something like this:

Wavlink USB 2.0 Print Server LPR Printer Share 4 Port Network Device Adapter Hub Networking USB Server share Printers, USB Devices over Wired Ethernet or a Wireless Networking - Newegg.com

Which actually hooks everything up wirelessly. Kind of cool but I am a nerd on tech stuff.
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