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scirocco2
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June 20, 2016 - 4:45 am
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Thanks Scott It's a great boat my 3rd week living aboard 

svliberty sounds familiar are you in puget sound?

I have a 32" tv/ display in the v berth that swings to side 

I'm using g4 with 27" &g5 Mac towers and a MacBook Pro as a laptop 

i also have a 28" display I'm going to use in the salon to hook up to the G5 as a second display 

for navigation/ ais/ chartplotting/ movies 

 

about to install a furuno radar setup thursday, I have 2 solar panels and I'm trading one for radar setup 

and 1 230watt solar panel is plenty I will mount  after I make a Bimini frame  I have a small battery bank for it 

I picked up a 85-51 seafrost that I tied to the deck forward the v berth hatch that and a

thermoelectric mini fridge should have food covered 

just need to work on hot water and get the Newport diesel heater going 

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I fabricated a stainless fold down monitor holder on valkyr for my 24 inch monitor. In the up position the monitor snugged up between two of bows on the roof. Down I could slide it side to side and up or down to adjust its position. As well as rotate it to be seen in the salon. I had plans to add a second smaller monitor but never got to it. Not sure if I ever uploaded pictures of it. I will have to take a look.

 

If you are comfortable creating your own design and then fabricating it I would get one of the little small 120 volt harbor freight inverter welders. Cost about 160 dollars if I remember right. They work great for light stainless tubing and plate. Secret to them is to use the thinner welding rods. If you use the more normal size welding rods they just don't have the amps to get a good arc. but with the thinner diameter rods you can do some nice welding. Whole unit is about the size of a loaf of bread. So perfect size for keeping on a boat.  I think a decent size inverter would run it just fine also so you aren't tied to a dock while using it. You should be able to use it for emergency repairs to many of the stainless components on a boat from chain plates to pulpits. Chain plates would be a pain as they are thicker than you really want to weld with this small a unit but you could probably make enough passes to fill in and weld the thicker metal. Stainless tubing such as pulpits is ideal for this unit. You can also weld either polarity which is a nice feature. I'm usually not a big electronis person from harbor freight but this has good reviews and personally done good service for me.

here is link to one I have.

http://www.harborfreight.com/8.....61749.html

 

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couple other tools I have gotten a lot of use out of on the boat... random orbital sanders both 5 and 6 inch ones. Roto zip for some cutting but more for the cutoff and grinding blades. Also the flexibile wand  attachment. Basically a dremel on steroids.

oscillating multi tool for all your detail cutting and sanding. one of best tools ever.

http://www.harborfreight.com/v.....62867.html

 

I'm sure their are others I'm not thinking of but all these are seriously flexible and or heavily used if you do a lot of your own work. The harbor freight stuff I linked to are some of the few powertools from them that I would get. I would also pay for the extended no question warranty. Two years and you just bring it in and give them your phone number to verify warranty and they hand you a new tool. Haven't had to use it yet but their stuff is not known as super high end quality. However these items are so cheap that you can buy it and the warranty for 1/5 the cost alone of a bosh or other higher end tool.

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Just a note on the monitor setup we built. It was setup so it could slide all the way between the chart table and galley so that you could see it from the helm. We ran opencpn on the computer and also tied the class b AIS into it. It sat back far enough that it couldn't rain on it even with companionway open and we replaced the dropboards in companionway with 1/2 inch acrylic so with everything closed you could still see it. In good weather we could swing it up and aft so that it moved it about 3 feet closer to the companionway also. Sit in cockpit and watch movie on it, or again chart plotter etc.. thought about a nice TPZ camera on top of the mast that streamed to it also.

can you tell I'm a tech junkie also. :)

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June 20, 2016 - 9:49 am
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Maybe we should start a thread on 'Geeking your boat'

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June 20, 2016 - 1:46 pm
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I have all the tools I need besides a gas welder and orbital sander

 

 I have a electronics background, bolstered with mechanics 

I would not recommend a Chicago electric (HB freight special) as I used one for body work and returned it 

just not enough penetration  and nasty welds 

a Hobart or Miller for 400 that does mig and tig is ideal  only a couple hundred more 

I will use cpn on my macs  and make my own ais antenna with a coaxial 50'. Strip 6' of shield and wrap to make a long distance antenna 

 

liberty im on the seagoose in Everett 

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You can make your own dc/ac gas welder I'll find the link later 

all you have to do is add a spool gun and a gas regulator to the design 

fyi you can weld with an alternator I want to have a setup like that just for emergencies 

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lol.. I enough people want to go down a geeking out the boat thread I will create a new major forum page for that :) let me know.

 

I had to try and keep my craze under control. Till we moved off the boat I had a full network and the AIS run through the computer with two monitors. Also have a morningstar MPPT controller for the 500 watts of solar that is accessible through the network for monitoring and programing. Internal wired and wireless network with ability to attach to external wireless networks. Internal media server that we could throw movies, audiobooks, or music to any monitor, tablet, laptop or cellphone on the boat. Kids could watch one thing with each of us doing something different. That system ran off the PC which we brought back to the house with us to act as our server here. Had a full i7 with 32 gigs of ram I built specifically for the boat. computer only drew 15 to 20 watts running and monitor another 20 watts.

 

have had lots of other ideas but hadn't done much with them. To much money and sadly consumer electronics are very susceptible to a water environment. Our boat is a very dry boat so never had any real problem below but when I started thinking about stuff on deck etc.. it was very hard to stay away from marine specific systems that just cost to much or a lot of work build and housing custom one off stuff.

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June 21, 2016 - 1:04 am
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I'm not messing with wifi/internet yet 

I'm using a cellphone as a hotspot 

and im going to use another cell as a hotspot for security/dash  

cameras to notify me remotely of smoke intrusion or c02

 

i need an mppt controller than can do solar and wind, 

pnw sucks for solar except all summer long is good for the panel and all year for wind 

 

http://yachtwork.com/report-welder.htm

Here is a link about alternator welding with your motor

 

yeah I've noticed how anything "marine" is jacked up

i went to west marine for a fid/awl and it was 45$ 

went to hobby lobby and got the same one for 17$

Ill get get some pics going 

of the seagoose, still scrubbing the outside 

the hull isn't too bad because it was on lake Union for a couple years prior to salt 

even though it's a 41 it's closer to 45 currently is 43' 

My ultimate goal is to setup for off the grid pacific sailing 

I wish we had more downeasters in the sound  I know of at least 5 

would be awesome to have a traveling flotilla and I can be the emergency go to repair person 

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June 21, 2016 - 1:37 am
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scirocco2 said
I'm not messing with wifi/internet yet 

I'm using a cellphone as a hotspot 

and im going to use another cell as a hotspot for security/dash  

So me going with a KVH satellite for when my 4G hotspot with a signal amp and amplified antenna, is a bit over the top. 

Sounds like you and I are looking to do the same thing. I plan on just staying in the Micronesia, Marshall Island, maybe Marianas area diving. Where are you based out of, PNW?

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Marine satellite is expensive. I took that out of one of the casino boats here and and installed a 3g system good to about 6 miles offshore. Saved them about 2200 dollars a month and got better performance  up to the point they ran out of signal. For their application though it worked perfect. All they needed was to get past the 3 mile line to be able to run the casino. So they could run up and down the coast between three and 6 miles out with no problem. Nice thing was that all the hard ware to do the 3g system only cost a little more than a grand. It cost them more for the labor to install it.

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