Summer vacation is usually a time to head downriver, spend a lazy week or two on the Columbia River. Not a usual summer, so ours was sort of a busman’s holiday. We spent ten days working on the boat and actually got quite a lot accomplished.
One of the projects was the engine cover. The old one involved carpet covered plywood panels that were sort of held in place by the ladder, which was also part of the whole contraption. We now have a new and improved, standalone Rube Goldberg construction that fits together nicely. And no carpet at all.
Another big project: we now have have an instrument panel! With instruments! Um, well most of them. Our old setup was three separate panels for three separate small compartments. The new configuration has no dividers and is a single panel that swings down nicely with easy access to the wiring. It also allowed us to get the AC and the DC switches to be in the same general part of the boat. The AC panel used to be across from the head, next to where the shore power plug is.
All the big cables have been run, cut to length and had ends banged on and finished off with heat shrink tubing. The batteries and engine are now wired, but for some reason it won’t start. Just click and nothing more. We have a call in to Norm who will help us sort it out. So leaving the dock is in sight!
Meanwhile, Nina had a couple of projects.
The other project was to get battens installed in the ceiling so that we can insulate it. It began with cutting all the long bolts in the ceiling back to their nuts.