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Old 25-04-2012, 13:41   #406
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What a buncha wimps! Floor Sanders! Hah! Longboards that hurt! Hah!

I have something called a "Dura-Block" which is The Worlds Perfect Sander!

Besides, isn't sanding the Admiral's job?

If you can get the Admiral to sand, you must hold the rank of First Sea Lord.
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If you can get the Admiral to sand, you must hold the rank of First Sea Lord.
I think I'm screwed then. My rank is "bilge rat" and "deck monkey"!
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I think I'm screwed then. My rank is "bilge rat" and "deck monkey"!
At least you're not the "Fore-peak cockroach". The lowest of all the ranks.
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I think I'm screwed then. My rank is "bilge rat" and "deck monkey"!
Deck apes, is as low as they go. That's where they put the undesirables with little value.
But once in a while one of then becomes a Rose and is able to guide the unknowing.
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Old 26-04-2012, 11:03   #410
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Deck apes, is as low as they go. That's where they put the undesirables with little value.
But once in a while one of then becomes a Rose and is able to guide the unknowing.
Well I started as a "deck ape" but really wanted to be a "bilge rat", even went to school for it, in the end I ended up bein' a "galley slave"!

Now I'm just buildin' a boat so someday I can be "Master & Commander"!



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Old 30-04-2012, 06:41   #411
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Re: And So it Begins . . . Knottybuoyz' New Project

Managed to accomplish absolutely "Dick All" this weekend!

Yesterday we had the opportunity to tour the "Tackaberry Collection" again. Followed along behind some friends and their "Hemi" powered PT Cruiser!



If you've ever wondered what 10 lbs of potatoes looks like in a 5 lb bag just look under the hood!



Ok that's it for car nonsense. Back to boat building tonight.
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Re: And So it Begins . . . Knottybuoyz' New Project

Sorry about the infrequent updates. Been slacking off big time. Got Netflixated last week!

Ya know what they say eh?

If ya can't take the heat, get outta the kitchen! Or in this case, get offa the boat!



I couldn't take it much more than 10 mins up there at that temp! I'm sure it was actually a few degs warmer which would make it damn near 100 degs F! I taped those seams 3 hrs ago and they're rock hard now! Normally the epoxy takes 15-18 hrs to cure to that hardness.

Anyhow, it's progress. Small steps all add up to somethin'!

Stay cool my friends!
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43.5C or 110F by any standard that's warm!

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Old 06-06-2012, 07:30   #414
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Re: And So it Begins . . . Knottybuoyz' New Project

Mimic Panels

As some of you know I like gizmo's. I especially like making my own gizmo's (see earlier on elec dist panel). I don't do it for economic reasons but more to just keep my hands busy in the loooong coooold Canadian winters!

So my next project is a Mimic Panel that'll show me what major pieces of equipment are online and working.



I apologize for the crappy picture. All I could get was a screencap from FrontPanel Express software.

What I've got on the panel so far are:

Nav Lights (P&S, aft white, masthead white)
Anchor Light
Aft Bilge Pump
Fwd Bilge Pump
Crash Pump
Diesel Heater
H/W Heater
F/W Circ Pump
E/R Blower
A/C Circ Pump
Bow Thruster
Windlass

Some of them have two LED's, Amber for Energized and Green for operating. There'll be only 1 Red LED and that's for the crash pump in operation.

I was thinking adding a switch to turn off all the LED's. Am I missing anything else?
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Old 06-06-2012, 19:29   #415
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Mimic Panels

As some of you know I like gizmo's. I especially like making my own gizmo's (see earlier on elec dist panel). I don't do it for economic reasons but more to just keep my hands busy in the loooong coooold Canadian winters!

So my next project is a Mimic Panel that'll show me what major pieces of equipment are online and working.

I apologize for the crappy picture. All I could get was a screencap from FrontPanel Express software.

What I've got on the panel so far are:

Nav Lights (P&S, aft white, masthead white)
Anchor Light
Aft Bilge Pump
Fwd Bilge Pump
Crash Pump
Diesel Heater
H/W Heater
F/W Circ Pump
E/R Blower
A/C Circ Pump
Bow Thruster
Windlass

Some of them have two LED's, Amber for Energized and Green for operating. There'll be only 1 Red LED and that's for the crash pump in operation.

I was thinking adding a switch to turn off all the LED's. Am I missing anything else?
Thats kinda cool...

I know it isnt as pretty to look at as a panel all lit up but modern cockpit theory is for "dark panels" - that is, no lights until or inless something needs attention. For example, instead of a light that says, bilge pump off, the panel would be dark unless the bilge pump was on. Theory of course is you might want to investigate why the pump is on.

The anchor and nav lights could be wired such that the panel lights up if the light switch is on and there is not curent flow. i.e. failed anchor light...

There are also three levels of indication - advisory, caution and alert. Certianly overkill for a boat but you comment about being able to turn the lights of got me thinking.

BTW - Would love to send you some winter projects for my boat. You do nice work up there in the frozen north - LOL
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Re: And So it Begins . . . Knottybuoyz' New Project

Going along with what Dan said, I think it might be better to put the amber lights on a switch that's usually off but can be held on to check what circuits are energized. That way, you're only seeing what's working at the moment, with minimal distraction. The moment you take your finger off the toggle, the amber lights go out.

By the way, I'm sure I can supply you with more interesting winter problems than Ex-Calif.
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Re: And So it Begins . . . Knottybuoyz' New Project

Thnx for the suggestions Fella's. Gave it a bit more thought last night. Funny how you dream about this stuff when you should be dreaming about exotic beauties on sandy beaches in the tropics!

Forgot to add, the panel is 10" X 4" x 3mm anodized aluminum.

Here's the latest iteration




I've added a switch to interrupt all the grounds (except the crash pump) which will darken the panel.

The two rectangles are the Ancor pin terminal strips that'll be mounted on the back of the panel. One thing I learned from making the elec dist panel is you have to pay as much attention to the back as you do the front.

I see it working, as Bash & Ex-Calif suggested, all lights out until something gets turned on from the dist panel or dash switches. (except the crash pump). So normal condition is only the crash pump "amber' energized LED will be lit. When the pump activates the "red" LED will light as well as a buzzer. (Can you get red LED's that blink?) As Ex-Calif suggested if a piece fails to operate the LED shouldn't light. (I think). Depends on the type of failure I guess.

The bow thruster and windlass will work similarily to the crash pump except the "green" LED will light when they're in operation.

The running lights will be colored accordingly as well as the anchor light.

Added a light for the macerator & fwd shower sump pumps.

I see this going in the overhead console on the Mate's side of the main cabin.

The panel CnC cut is about $60 US. Terminal strips $20. LED's $80. Switch $5, for a total of about $165 give or take a few sheckles. Should make a good winter project to keep my hands busy!
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Re: And So it Begins . . . Knottybuoyz' New Project

Now I've gone and done it!


On crutches for a couple of weeks. Slipped and fell going down the stairs and tore up my quad muscle on my right leg. Doh! That'll put a severe crimp in the ole boat building project.
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On crutches for a couple of weeks. Slipped and fell going down the stairs and tore up my quad muscle on my right leg. Doh! That'll put a severe crimp in the ole boat building project.
What a bummer--just as you were gearing up for a push
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As least it's a leg and not an arm or back. Or anything that could put a bind in production. Some sailors are known for a peg leg.

I fell off a machine back on Feb. 6th and broke a couple ribs. Never wanna do that again, THE PAIN! But it's now healed enough to do some sanding again.
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