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Have you experimented with the batteries to determine if moving them will give the desired results?
I have not. But Iím pretty sure it would be a good idea to move them.

Itís a screwy setup. I have two group 31 batteries in series to make 24 volts. But theyíre not physically located together; one is back against the transom and the other is under the under the companionway. I think with the different lengths of wire they probably wear differently. Iíd like to blame the previous owner, but Iíve had the boat for six years nowÖ

At 150 pounds thats 6% of the weight of my boat. Moving that from the back of the boat to just in front of the centerline should make a noticeable difference.

The problem is I need to run about 50 amps to the electric motor on the back, so thatís a fair length of some thick, expensive cable.

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Moving the batteries seems worth while if it willbimprove sailing performance, and it sounds like it might.
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Re: What Mods/Projects/Designs are you working on this winter?

Lots to do, I'll maybe get to half of them.

Pull and inspect all 3 fuel tanks.
Refinish all interior doors.
Make new companionway doors and varnish them.
Finish boom restoration.
Complete the finishing of the new galley table.
Refinish the last few interior storage doors.
Restore the 51 yr. old cockpit locker lids.
Finish the turtle hatch restoration.
Fabricate fabric hatch covers.
Install new seacocks.
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Lots to do, I'll maybe get to half of them.

Pull and inspect all 3 fuel tanks.
Refinish all interior doors.
Make new companionway doors and varnish them.
Finish boom restoration.
Complete the finishing of the new galley table.
Refinish the last few interior storage doors.
Restore the 51 yr. old cockpit locker lids.
Finish the turtle hatch restoration.
Fabricate fabric hatch covers.
Install new seacocks.
and on and on...Ö
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Somebody's gonna be busy, my list looked (Kinda) like that for the last few years, there's still a list but it get a bit smaller each year.
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Busy busy busy. We are contemplating replacing the wood veneer on our main bulkhead and settees. It has darkened with age and traces of mistreatment through the years are not adding to its appeal. The deck and cabin trunk, which we painted about fifteen years ago with two part Interlux, is looking worn (it has chafed off in places) and needs a re-do. Our jib car control lines are too big, and need replacing with smaller diameter stuff so there is less friction. Dodger is getting somewhat dodgy, with snaps that donít, clouding, and tears. Have to figure out a way to get the green/brown oily water stain off the Awlgripped forward topsides. Bottom needs a real sanding/smoothing if not fairing. Wind/speed instruments need new bezels; theyíre getting too cracked/crazed to read easily. Overhaul the winches. Overhaul the seacocks. New alternator belt. Fix steaming light. Fix light in head. Fix deck/backing under foredeck cleat. Add material (weld) to boom where the sheet bail is turning the holes into ovals. Check wear on main traveller track ends.

Thatís one boat. We have have seven.
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Some of these posts are reaffirming my decision to go with a boat with no; coring, wood, blackwater, freshwater, electrical or through hull systems. I don't think I have anything at all to do on my main boat. I guess some varnishing on the little bit of wood there is.
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Or like us, stick with the same boat and repair items instead of putting them on a list.
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Further contemplation on this threadÖ My list is unusually small. Other than dealing with some repairs/maintenance, there really isnít any large project that comes immediately to mind. The screens for the bimini, but thatís not even a big project.

Usually I tackle one large project each season. But right now I canít think of anything I really need to, or want to, do. Could it be that my boat is perfect ?
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My problem is scope creep.

Last fall when I took my mast down I decided I wanted a windex light. This is not a big deal, just a $30 light and some wire.

But as long as Iím running wire up the mast I should run one for an anchor light too. And I should replace that ancient steaming light with a new LED. Heck, might as well get one of those steaming / deck light combos.

So now I have four wire runs up the mast instead of one. So I need a new deck socket and new wiring inside.

In fact I need a new panel, since Iím out of switches.

And if Iím replacing the panel I should really clean up the old wiring.

And as long as Iím doing all that I should really move the batteries like Iíve been meaning to.



So adding a windex light turns into a major piece of work.
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Re: What Mods/Projects/Designs are you working on this winter?

@Minnesail I feel your pain. The next time I'm hauled out and decide to step the mast it will be bulkheads, chainplates, rigging, spreaders, all wiring, new masthead hardware and lights because it needs/will need/probably should/might as well since I'm at it. Until then, I'll carefully balance the perfect / good enough equation.

Since Winter in the Land of Endless Summer means my biggest obstacle to major projects is that it cuts into sailing time. My to do list includes:
-New bow cleats (completed last weekend)
--Remove Toecrusher (the original centerline cleat)
-Reefing hardware installed and lines led aft (about 50% done)
-Find and seal remaining water intrusions.
-Lots of wiring projects from small to large.
-Install solar
-Newish breaker panel
-Woodwork and locker doors
-Rebed stantions with new backing plates (original aluminum backing is disintegrating)
-Replace cabin sole

I'll probably think of more and be happy to get about half of it done.
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