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Old 08-11-2013, 19:59   #46
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Lighting wiring and switching

Several of us from the shop attended the Mid-Atlantic Expo in Virginia Beach yesterday and we ordered all of out LED lighting. I have been running the wiring for the lighting and installing switching this week.

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Old 08-11-2013, 20:05   #47
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Workshop, central vacuum system, and port forward engineroom air intake

In the hall from the wheelhouse aft to the Master cabin, across from the electrical station is a workbench. Under the workbench is a Festool vacuum that we will pipe thru the boat in PVC for a central vacuum system.
The vacuum will also be removable so it can be used as a stand alone unit.
At the front of the bench is an air intake plenum to provide air to the front of the port engineroom.

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Old 08-11-2013, 20:10   #48
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Entertainment center and drawer fronts.

Forrest and I both have been working on the entertainment center this week, and Forrest has been installing the cherry fronts on the drawers in the galley.

Forrest has also been working on the hatchway going into the Master stateroom out of the center cockpit.

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Old 09-11-2013, 12:19   #49
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I would really enjoy some feed back from folks that voyage and live aboard, as many boats as I have helped to build, this is the first long range liveaboard, and your input would be great.
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Old 09-11-2013, 14:01   #50
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Re: Construction Thread for custom 45' cruising powercat

I am no voyager or live-aboarder but from what I can see in the pics she sure looks like a comfortable, spacious and well equipped place to call home.

I think you have selected an interior carpentry style that is both attractive and completeable in a reasonable time frame. Looks great.

Re - Plumbing. I noticed that you used the red tracer hose. Did you consider using PEX? I am not to familiar with the stuff but it seems to be taking over the plumbing world by storm. Any thoughts?

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I am no voyager or live-aboarder but from what I can see in the pics she sure looks like a comfortable, spacious and well equipped place to call home.

I think you have selected an interior carpentry style that is both attractive and completeable in a reasonable time frame. Looks great.

Re - Plumbing. I noticed that you used the red tracer hose. Did you consider using PEX? I am not to familiar with the stuff but it seems to be taking over the plumbing world by storm. Any thoughts?

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The red tracer is easier to repair for the end user and requires no special tools. I can send an amount of the 3 sizes of hose and some clamps and it is an easy fix.

I have boats 15 years old with red tracer and have had no issues, so I like it even though the PEX would be quicker.

Thanks for your input.
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Re: Construction Thread for custom 45' cruising powercat

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I am no voyager or live-aboarder but from what I can see in the pics she sure looks like a comfortable, spacious and well equipped place to call home.

I think you have selected an interior carpentry style that is both attractive and completeable in a reasonable time frame. Looks great.

Re - Plumbing. I noticed that you used the red tracer hose. Did you consider using PEX? I am not to familiar with the stuff but it seems to be taking over the plumbing world by storm. Any thoughts?

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The interior is BS-1088 Okoume plywood that is epoxy coated and will be varnished. The trim is all cherry, as are the drawer fronts. Everything else is semi-gloss epoxy paint.
When she is complete, and the soft goods are in place, it should be a comfortable place to stay for extended periods of time.

She has reverse cycle heat and A/C and it runs only on shore power or the gen set. Same for the water heater and the combo washer-dryer.

Everything else is either D/C or runs off the inverter. She will have a 900 amp hr house bank charged by either the engine alternators thru a Balmar Crossfielder II or with the 890 watts of solar panels she will carry charging thru a Victron MPPT charge controller.

The water heater has a heat exchanger off the starboard engine, and 2 solar panels of it's own to heat the water when the mains are shut down.

A 200 gal per day Spectra watermaker will keep the tanks topped off.

Cooking is propane, and we can store 5 -20 lb bottles in the propane locker.

The galley fridge is a combo D/C, A/C. propane unit.

Each guest stateroom has a Queen size berth, and the Master a King.

It should be a nice way to travel.

We have paid alot of attention to ventilation and with a nice breezy she should be very nice inside in all but the hottest weather.
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Renders of bridge

These are the bridge renders, not quite finished but close.
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Re: Construction Thread for custom 45' cruising powercat

I have nothing constructive to add regarding your outfitting, but did wish to take a moment to say how enjoyable it is watching your boat come together in all its splendor!
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I have nothing constructive to add regarding your outfitting, but did wish to take a moment to say how enjoyable it is watching your boat come together in all its splendor!
I thank you for your kind words. I has been an education and I look forward to launch and trials as seeing if she is all we think she will be.
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Old 11-11-2013, 00:12   #56
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I have nothing constructive to add regarding your outfitting, but did wish to take a moment to say how enjoyable it is watching your boat come together in all its splendor!
+1 to this sentiment. ie. me too.
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+1 to this sentiment. ie. me too.
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Graham Byrnes, the designer and builder of this boat is from your neck of the woods. He came here on a boat he designed and built.

Thank you for your kind words, and it should get nothing but better as we close in on finishing her.
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Re: Construction Thread for custom 45' cruising powercat

Great job. Really love to follow this thread and all the progress.
Very cool design.
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Great job. Really love to follow this thread and all the progress.
Very cool design.

Thanks, I have been working on installing one of the A/C units today, I want to get the 3 of them nailed down this week and get them off the list.
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Absolutely incredible. I am in Awe when I see something like this. I am sure your pride in workmanship shows throughout.
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