Your On-Line Port'o'Call

Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate This Thread
#573374 - 03/27/20 01:58 PM My 2020 boat project plans  
Joined: Jul 2003
Posts: 6,669
Dave R Offline
Admiral
Dave R  Offline
Admiral

Joined: Jul 2003
Posts: 6,669
Raymond NH
I have a ton of projects to do this year, really looking forward to getting them done. I have been working on them all Winter and have already acquired all the stuff for these projects except the solar panels. Here's my list:


Remove broken Furuno radar and install new Garmin 24" phantom radar.


Simplify my battery banks and improve capacity and charging efficiency with the following mods:

Combine 2 GC batteries for ZF marine microcommander with my 4 house GC batteries to increase my house capacity by 50%
Install ZF marine automatic house/starting battery isolator/combiner for Microcommander shifter power (instead of having dedicated shift batteries)
Remove original 1992 diode-based battery charging isolator and Install Blue Sea ACR between house and starting batteries.
Install Blue Sea SOC monitor
Install remote control panel for inverter

Dinghy changes:


The goal here is to have an extremely light but comfortable dinghy that is convenient to store and use, and fun. I don't like my air floor Zodiac and hate having to remove and install the engine all the time as required with the Weaver setup than came with my boat.


The new dinghy should plane with 4-5 people aboard (I have a lower pitched prop I can swap in for heavy loads), will have truly comfortable seating for at least 3 people, and will only weigh <300 lbs, ready to use.

Modify my Mercury 9.9HP two stroke, tiller-steer/throttle/shift, manual start engine to make it a 15 HP remote-steer/throttle/shift, electric start (this fun project is done). I now have a 15 HP, 81 lb motor. I got all the parts at steep discounts over the last few months by carefully shopping for new old stock.
Rig new 10'8" Aluminum RIB, w/aluminum Euro-helm boat, with my Mercury 15 HP two-stroke.
Add regular davits to my transom for lifting dinghy and Hurley davits to swim platform for parking the dingy after it's lifted. The idea is keep the strain off the transom once the dinghy is hoisted aboard. Much of the fabrication work for this was completed over the Winter.

Interior:

Add third drawer to my dinette seat base and enlarge two existing drawers. For some reason Tollycraft included two drawers in the forward seat base, but made them shorter than would fit and left a giant space suitable for a third drawer complete unused. When this project is complete I will have doubled the volume of drawer space in with very little effort and expense. I already built the drawers over the Winter.
Make teak and smoked plexiglass doors for my electric panel



Ground tackle:


Extend anchor rode with 300 feet of 5/8" 8-plait. I will have 500 feet of rode when I am done.
Make 30' 5/8" 8 plait snubber and attach to my new Mantus chain hook.

Add four 400+ watt solar panels and MPPT control to my hard top.


"Mischief Managed II"
1992 Tollycraft 44 Cockpit Motor Yacht
Twin CAT 3208TA inboards
A Word from Our Sponsors
#573375 - 03/27/20 05:06 PM Re: My 2020 boat project plans [Re: Dave R]  
Joined: Nov 2003
Posts: 15,473
GoFirstClass Offline
Retired Boating Bum
GoFirstClass  Offline
Retired Boating Bum
Grand Poobah

Joined: Nov 2003
Posts: 15,473
Pasco, WA
Dave, when you get done with that list c'mon across the country and I'll let you work on my list. Actually, my list only has two items: 1. Get the fresh water system cleaned out with bleach then run that out and fill with fresh, filtered water.
2. Wash the boat inside, topside and the exterior. Since I'm not in a hurry this will likely take a week to do a VERY thorough job.
3. Go Boating.


"Beachcomber" 1995 Sea Ray 550 Sedan Bridge


Anchor's down......Bottoms Up!
#573376 - 03/27/20 06:03 PM Re: My 2020 boat project plans [Re: Dave R]  
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 2,476
WayWeGo Offline
Admiral
WayWeGo  Offline
Admiral

Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 2,476
Oakton, VA
Having been on your boat, they all sound well thought out.

One question regarding the davits. With the regular davits, why do you need to have a set of Hurley davits as well? Wouldn't a set of chocks work as well? Also, you had Weaver davits on the swim platform. Do you anticipate using them for keeping the dinghy attached to the boat for boarding in wind and/or chop?


[Linked Image]
1975 Trojan F36 Convertible, Twin Chrysler 440's
2014 West Marine AL360 Inflatable, 1966 Mercury 6HP, 1992 Mercury 20HP
#573377 - 03/27/20 06:44 PM Re: My 2020 boat project plans [Re: WayWeGo]  
Joined: Jul 2003
Posts: 6,669
Dave R Offline
Admiral
Dave R  Offline
Admiral

Joined: Jul 2003
Posts: 6,669
Raymond NH
Originally Posted by WayWeGo
One question regarding the davits. With the regular davits, why do you need to have a set of Hurley davits as well? Wouldn't a set of chocks work as well? Also, you had Weaver davits on the swim platform. Do you anticipate using them for keeping the dinghy attached to the boat for boarding in wind and/or chop?


I was going to make chocks, then a brand new set of Hurleys hit craigslist a mile from my house. I got them for half price and I love the way they tilt the boat out of the way when I want to free up space on the swim platform. I plan to keep the Weaver stuff for now, we'll see how it works out


"Mischief Managed II"
1992 Tollycraft 44 Cockpit Motor Yacht
Twin CAT 3208TA inboards
#573378 - 03/28/20 08:30 AM Re: My 2020 boat project plans [Re: Dave R]  
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 7,766
captkevin Online content
Admiral
captkevin  Online Content
Admiral

Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 7,766
Chicago, IL
That is quite a list. Sounds like you are going to be busy.


2004 Rinker 232
2010 Dodge Ram Crew Cab Laramie 4x4
#573379 - 03/28/20 09:06 AM Re: My 2020 boat project plans [Re: captkevin]  
Joined: Jul 2003
Posts: 6,669
Dave R Offline
Admiral
Dave R  Offline
Admiral

Joined: Jul 2003
Posts: 6,669
Raymond NH
Originally Posted by captkevin
That is quite a list. Sounds like you are going to be busy.
Indeed. I'm also prepping two house to sell this Spring too. It's been a crazy 4 months. Really looking forward to some nice cruising once the houses are sold and some of the boat projects are done.


"Mischief Managed II"
1992 Tollycraft 44 Cockpit Motor Yacht
Twin CAT 3208TA inboards
#573380 - 03/28/20 06:15 PM Re: My 2020 boat project plans [Re: Dave R]  
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 7,766
captkevin Online content
Admiral
captkevin  Online Content
Admiral

Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 7,766
Chicago, IL
Originally Posted by Dave R
Originally Posted by captkevin
That is quite a list. Sounds like you are going to be busy.
Indeed. I'm also prepping two house to sell this Spring too. It's been a crazy 4 months. Really looking forward to some nice cruising once the houses are sold and some of the boat projects are done.


That is quite the ambitious list of things to do. Sounds like you are going to be busy. Good luck.


2004 Rinker 232
2010 Dodge Ram Crew Cab Laramie 4x4
#573384 - 03/29/20 04:23 PM Re: My 2020 boat project plans [Re: Dave R]  
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 2,476
WayWeGo Offline
Admiral
WayWeGo  Offline
Admiral

Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 2,476
Oakton, VA
Originally Posted by Dave R
I was going to make chocks, then a brand new set of Hurleys hit craigslist a mile from my house. I got them for half price and I love the way they tilt the boat out of the way when I want to free up space on the swim platform. I plan to keep the Weaver stuff for now, we'll see how it works out


Depending on how far out the real davits extend, the Hurleys might be a real help getting the dinghy up on the platform. Nice buy!


[Linked Image]
1975 Trojan F36 Convertible, Twin Chrysler 440's
2014 West Marine AL360 Inflatable, 1966 Mercury 6HP, 1992 Mercury 20HP
#573388 - 03/30/20 01:42 AM Re: My 2020 boat project plans [Re: Dave R]  
Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 4,017
Jack T Offline
Admiral
Jack T  Offline
Admiral

Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 4,017
Southern California
Dave:
What are you going to do with all your summertime free time?


Have a great day of boating
2012 Monterey 224 FS,
300 HP Volvo Penta with catalytic converters

#573390 - 03/30/20 08:11 PM Re: My 2020 boat project plans [Re: Dave R]  
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 2,476
WayWeGo Offline
Admiral
WayWeGo  Offline
Admiral

Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 2,476
Oakton, VA
Just got the dreaded email from our marina -- the marina is closed by order of the Governor of Maryland. I suspect that we will not be able to get to our boat for at least a month or more. And I was so looking forward to conducting my social distancing at our boat working on it! Our marina is very small with only 23 slips, so even if somebody else was there, we rarely go on each others boats, but mostly hang out on the dock and talk.

Oh well...


[Linked Image]
1975 Trojan F36 Convertible, Twin Chrysler 440's
2014 West Marine AL360 Inflatable, 1966 Mercury 6HP, 1992 Mercury 20HP
#573391 - 03/31/20 10:16 AM Re: My 2020 boat project plans [Re: captkevin]  
Joined: Jul 2003
Posts: 6,669
Dave R Offline
Admiral
Dave R  Offline
Admiral

Joined: Jul 2003
Posts: 6,669
Raymond NH
Originally Posted by captkevin
Originally Posted by Dave R
Originally Posted by captkevin
That is quite a list. Sounds like you are going to be busy.
Indeed. I'm also prepping two house to sell this Spring too. It's been a crazy 4 months. Really looking forward to some nice cruising once the houses are sold and some of the boat projects are done.


That is quite the ambitious list of things to do. Sounds like you are going to be busy. Good luck.


If only there was some incentive to stay home and do projects on the house right now... Timing has been ideal for that, maybe not so much for selling next month though.


"Mischief Managed II"
1992 Tollycraft 44 Cockpit Motor Yacht
Twin CAT 3208TA inboards
#573392 - 03/31/20 04:19 PM Re: My 2020 boat project plans [Re: Dave R]  
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 7,766
captkevin Online content
Admiral
captkevin  Online Content
Admiral

Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 7,766
Chicago, IL
Selling a house could definitely be a challenge if this thing doesn't resolve itself shortly. Here in Illinois they just announced extending the stay at home deal until April 30.


2004 Rinker 232
2010 Dodge Ram Crew Cab Laramie 4x4
#573393 - 03/31/20 05:18 PM Re: My 2020 boat project plans [Re: Dave R]  
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 2,476
WayWeGo Offline
Admiral
WayWeGo  Offline
Admiral

Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 2,476
Oakton, VA
Virginia's stay at home order is through June 10th and failing to follow it is a misdemeanor.

Our boat is in Maryland where you have to quarantine for 14 days if you enter the state without passing through or are a regular commuter from an adjacent state. Not really qualifying for either of these makes access to our boat illegal, the way I read it. Hope it doesn't sink while we are not allowed access!

In the meantime, I guess I have more time to work on the house...


[Linked Image]
1975 Trojan F36 Convertible, Twin Chrysler 440's
2014 West Marine AL360 Inflatable, 1966 Mercury 6HP, 1992 Mercury 20HP
#573400 - 04/01/20 02:06 PM Re: My 2020 boat project plans [Re: WayWeGo]  
Joined: Aug 2004
Posts: 6,568
On Holiday Offline
Daddy
On Holiday  Offline
Daddy
Admiral

Joined: Aug 2004
Posts: 6,568
PA and Smith Mountain Lake
Originally Posted by WayWeGo
Virginia's stay at home order is through June 10th and failing to follow it is a misdemeanor.

Our boat is in Maryland where you have to quarantine for 14 days if you enter the state without passing through or are a regular commuter from an adjacent state. Not really qualifying for either of these makes access to our boat illegal, the way I read it. Hope it doesn't sink while we are not allowed access!

In the meantime, I guess I have more time to work on the house...


I was hoping to get to the lake for Easter and work from home. I can get from my house to my house without stepping out of the car and my nearest dock neighbor is a few hundred feet away.


2017 Honda Accord Hybrid
2008 Honda Goldwing Trike
2006 Regal 2400
2004 Dodge Ram 2500
2003 Ford F-150
2002 Harley Davidson Roadking Classic


#573401 - 04/01/20 02:42 PM Re: My 2020 boat project plans [Re: WayWeGo]  
Joined: Jul 2003
Posts: 6,669
Dave R Offline
Admiral
Dave R  Offline
Admiral

Joined: Jul 2003
Posts: 6,669
Raymond NH
Originally Posted by WayWeGo
Originally Posted by Dave R
I was going to make chocks, then a brand new set of Hurleys hit craigslist a mile from my house. I got them for half price and I love the way they tilt the boat out of the way when I want to free up space on the swim platform. I plan to keep the Weaver stuff for now, we'll see how it works out


Depending on how far out the real davits extend, the Hurleys might be a real help getting the dinghy up on the platform. Nice buy!



The davits definitely do not extend out to the middle of the dinghy when it is against the swim platform and I always assumed I'd have to wrestle it aboard a bit. I figured that lifting the stern first would help twist it aboard. On March 9th, a buddy of mine said "why don't we make some aluminum chocks to set the boat on after it's aboard so you won't have to brace the transom for the live weight of the dinghy while you are underway?" I thought it was a great idea and only five days later the Hurley system was put on CL; It was like a sign from God. I think they will be far better than anything I would have come up with. I'm hinging the davits too, so that they will stand up out of the way when we wish to use the swim platform. I hope it will all work as slickly in reality as it is working in my head right now...


"Mischief Managed II"
1992 Tollycraft 44 Cockpit Motor Yacht
Twin CAT 3208TA inboards
#573427 - 04/03/20 03:02 PM Re: My 2020 boat project plans [Re: On Holiday]  
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 2,476
WayWeGo Offline
Admiral
WayWeGo  Offline
Admiral

Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 2,476
Oakton, VA
Originally Posted by On Holiday
I was hoping to get to the lake for Easter and work from home. I can get from my house to my house without stepping out of the car and my nearest dock neighbor is a few hundred feet away.

Pretty much the same for me -- I would not cross paths with anybody between my house and boat. I am hoping this will settle down before expected, but from what I have been hearing, there are way too many people who are not doing their part to stay safe.

Originally Posted by Dave R
I hope it will all work as slickly in reality as it is working in my head right now...

It's working perfectly in my mind also! thumb


[Linked Image]
1975 Trojan F36 Convertible, Twin Chrysler 440's
2014 West Marine AL360 Inflatable, 1966 Mercury 6HP, 1992 Mercury 20HP

Moderated by  Admin 

Sponsors
New Topics
Spring Comissioning - arrrggghh
by casualboater. 06/03/20 10:29 PM
Car Covers
by Justification. 06/02/20 04:01 PM
How to move a barn
by Frantically Relaxing. 05/31/20 08:13 PM
GFC weather heading your way
by Silverbullet. 05/30/20 02:28 PM
Another one bites the dust.
by captkevin. 05/28/20 09:48 AM
Truck campers
by Silverbullet. 05/25/20 10:42 AM
When it Rains it Pours
by On Holiday. 05/22/20 12:48 PM
Remote access to Home Camera System
by Parrott_head. 05/14/20 09:47 AM
What is this switch for? 99 Regal 2800 Bowrider
by OntarioChris. 05/09/20 08:53 PM
four winns instrument cluster disassembly
by bjmorris. 05/01/20 06:11 AM
Who's Online Now
0 registered members (), 41 guests, and 5 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Newest Members
Jays_Truck, cmattison, thesandmn, OntarioChris, bjmorris
5515 Registered Users
Forum Statistics
Forums23
Topics37,368
Posts565,026
Members5,516
Most Online252
Aug 5th, 2017
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.0