All Stitches are out
I’ve pulled all the remaining stitches and allowed a few extra days cure time due to the colder weather and temp drops in the garage.
Electrical designs and planning
Planning electrical now allows me to start thinking of what needs to be routed before the hull gets closed up permanently making access harder. I will minimize through bulkhead routing as much as possible. I did drill out additional holes for cable/hose routing in the floor supports in case I need to route anything port or starboard on the way back to the stern.
I am not planning on adding a shore power option but will have solar for maintaining a charge and a controller will be wired in eventually. There is also not any need for AC current at the moment so an inverter is unnecessary. I am comfortable with electronics and residential wiring. The main update I studied to get comfortable with marine electrical work was the ABYC cable and wire color codes. I tend to overbuild things at times. There will be breakers with the switches as well as inline fuses for the various components. The master battery cutoff also has a 60 amp fuse in-line with the battery. All of the lighting will be LED to reduce overall capacity requirements.
Planned electrical components
- 12v battery box with fuse
- Switch/breaker panel
- Fuse block
- Bus bar for negative
- Accessory 12v plug, USB charging ports, small OLED battery gauge
- conservative radio with bluetooth
- VHF radio
- Running lights – Port/Starboard/Stern/Steaming
- All around anchor light on mast
- Red/White LED courtesy lights for cabin
Sailboat USCG Navigation light requirements
The Nav lights I have found are 2 NM. I am located in coastal New England and we do get some rolling fog now and again. I do not plan on night navigation but having lights will give me peace of mind in lower visibility situations if they do arise. I would rather build in the ‘nice to haves’ now while the access is there. This includes running wires with disconnects during the mast build.