Battery installation

It was time to make a safe arrangement for our batteries. Our battery box is a little bit bigger than our batteries, and we wanted to have some support in the box so that they won’t move when the boat tilts. We will have a some pieces of wood around the batteries in the box and an extra strap to tighten the batteries down.

Testing the size of the wood pieces and the strap.

We painted them white so that they will look nice 🙂

The wood pieces painted white, so that they will look nice and hold longer.
The wood pieces in position in the battery box.
The batteries in position and tightening the strap.
Now the batteries won’t move around 🙂
From above 🙂
As a comparison, this is how the battery box and the electrical system looked like before we started organizing this part. We aren’t completely finished yet, but we are getting there 🙂

During the weekend it has been raining a lot here in Stockholm, which was a perfect opportunity to see if the cowl vents we repaired last weekend wasn’t leaking anymore. What we can see they are now sealed, which is really nice! We have also tried to look around in the boat to find if there are any more obvious leakages, but haven’t found any major ones at least. But we will keep our eyes open so that we can find and fix all possible leakages.

We also opened up our anchor box, as of now the anchor chain is just laying in the bottom of the anchor box (see below). We would like to have a box to gather the chain in so that this area is easier to keep clean and to make it possible to store other things here as well. And then we will need to clean this area and maybe paint it as well.

The opening to the anchor chain box.
The anchor chain in the bottom of the  anchor box.

 

Alternator charges with too high voltage

Sunday also meant boat work and it was time to move Anne-Mon from the winter location to our ship. During the summer we will have a spot in a marina further out in the archipelago, but that is pretty far away so it is perfect to have her next to the ship for a while.

Since we have connected the service batteries we also wanted to test the alternator on the engine. We haven’t done this before and during our engine renovation we didn’t do any work with the alternator, we had just hoped that it would work. We magnetized the alternator by applying 12V to the D+ pin with the engine running. That was the easiest way to make the alternator charge as we do not have all the electrical system i place. The alternator started to charge fine but as the battery voltage started to reach 14.6V we decided to stop the engine as it felt like the alternator charging regulator was broken.

We removed the charging regulator to test its function separately. We connected a 10W light bulb between the slip ring brushes (acting as field coil) and applied an adjustable voltage to the D+ pin. For a working charing regulator the light bulb will light up until you increase the voltage above the regulating voltage. For an alternator like this that voltage is approx. 14.4V. Our charging regulator regulated at 14.7V, which explains why it increased to 14.6V during our test run.

We decided that the charging regulator probably is not malfunction but rather set at a pretty high regulating voltage. In our case that might not actually be a problem as we have AGM and SMF batteries which can withstand 15.0V and 14.8V absorption voltage respectively.

We reassembled the alternator and did a new test run and as expected the alternator charged our batteries to 14.7V and then regulated the charging.

Moving the boat from its winter location. Beautiful sunny day, but some really cold winds.

Once we arrived to the ship we started to get rid of all the stuff we have inside the boat. We got a lot of things along with the boat, some useful and some trash. Some of the things are also our tools and equipment we have used while working in the boat. 

The navigation table. This is an old picture but it has looked pretty much the same since then. It’s just the things located here that has changed.
All things removed! The wood on the table is pretty dirty and will need some cleaning later.
The cabin in the stern. One of the beds goes in the same direction as the boat and the other one goes across the boat.  This is also an old picture but it has looked pretty much the same since then. It’s just the things located here that has changed.
Halfway through our cleaning.
Finally we can access this area more easily.
Trying out the bed in the stern. When opening the hatches to the bilge here the whole area gets a very distinct “old boat”-smell.
Definitely needs some cleaning and renovation here as well to make it a cosy area!
Time to sort all of the stuff. We threw away some, but kept a lot 🙂

As we have mentioned earlier we noticed that our batteries was too high, so that the insulation (with aluminum) on the hatch door touches the poles on the batteries. We want to keep as much of the insulation as possible, as the batteries are located next to the engine, so we started trying to removed the aluminum on the hatch door.

Trying to remove the aluminum on the insulation on the hatch door towards the batteries,
Now our batteries are safe 🙂

We have also had some leaking problem with the small porthole from the cockpit to the stern bed (The porthole can be seen on the picture above, when Thomas tried the stern bed). But that was not so surprising that it was leaking, as the old sealing inside was almost gone.

The old gasket inside the porthole.
We cut a new sealing from a rubber sheet we had laying around.

It was really hard to get the new sealing in position, but after some fighting…
…it was in position.
The porthole back in position. Hopefully we won’t have any more leakages here. We still have some leakages in the big “window” in the cockpit. Our future plan is either to remove this window completely or add a proper deck hatch here instead.

We had hoped that the weather would continue being warm and sunny, but the forecast shows around 10 degrees ( 50 Fahrenheit) and some rain for the next 10 days. This means that we won’t be able to continue with the plastic right now, so we will continue with the electrical system, cleaning and other things that come up.

Electrical installation for the engine

Weekend and Saturday meant working with the boat, and most of the day we worked with the electrical installation for the engine. Our goal with the electrical system overhaul right now is to get the electrics around the engine to work. The rest of the system will we go over thoroughly later on.

How it looked like before in the electrical cabin.
The electrical installation towards the engine in place and some things in the bottom of the cabin removed. Still pretty messy though…
A closer look at the electrical installation in the electrical cabin.
The electrical installation on the engine. The cables represent start engine, tachometer, oil pressure, temperature etc. We use tin plated wires and connecters here. 
The cables towards the batteries in position.
Connecting the cable to the starter, so that we can try to start it later.

We also worked a little bit with preparing the cockpit. Hopefully it will get warmer soon and we will be able to continue with the plastic repairs.

Picture taken just after we bought Anne-Mon. In the autumn we got rid of the plank close towards the door. It was mounted with a lot of marine sealant which we started removing.
The sealant that the plank was mounted with.

Almost removed. The rest is a pretty thin layer which we will be able to ground later.

Next up will be to continue with the electrical system and move the boat from its winter location. If you are interested in reading more about our electrical systems all posts related to that can be found under the tag Electrical System. All posts related to our renovation can be found under the category Renovation.

Now it is Monday and time to eat dinner and watch the latest Game of Thrones episode! We will add a new post tomorrow about the work we did yesterday, when we moved the boat, had some alternator issue and started to get rid of some stuff. 🙂

Cables, cables, cables…

The final day of Easter meant more boatwork and organizing cables in the boat. We also went on a shopping tour, bought some stuff for the electrical system and the sliding hatch. We will add a separate blog post about the work we have done so far regarding the sliding hatch, so stay tuned.

Before we started working we decided to do a little remake of how we started with the electrical system. We moved the position of the current shunt for the battery monitor. Now it is placed between the negative terminal of the service batteries and the negative terminal of the start battery. All ground connections are made to the start battery side of the shunt. From this connection it will be possible to monitor all the current that is drawn from the service batteries. At the same time the high currents drawn from the start battery will not pass through the shunt. We will try to fix a nice schematic later to show how we connect everything.

First up for the day was to “make” more cables, cutting them in the right length, adding terminals and finally shrinking tubes for protection.

Cables with terminals and shrink tubing in the making.

The cables we have are pretty thick and we soon realized that all cables that will pass through between the engine and the batteries won’t fit in one pipe, so we decided to add a second pipe above the first one.

This is how it looked before we started removing cables between the engine and battery box. Some of the cables here are removed for good but most of them will be kept or replaced.
Holder for the new pipe above the first one.

The new pipe on top of the old one.
Pipes for the cables going to the generator and the engine. The other three cables in the will go to the engine and haven’t been organized yet.
Connecting the cables to ground and breakers. We still have some messy cables here but when compared to the before picture above it is starting to look good. 🙂

 

Continuing with electrical system overhaul and our sails

During the weekend we first did some work on our ship, Aline, and took her our for a first drive for the year. We also took a look at the sails we have for our ketch rigged sailboat, more about them below.  But first a little text about some electrical work we did during the weekend. First up for the day was to clean up and get rid of cables and hoses that we won’t use between the engine and the batteries.

Lots of cables between the engine and the batteries.
Trying to sort out which cables goes where.

We removed some stuff, a hose that is used for gardening used for the sea water system (we will have a proper hose later), some cables for television antenna. The rest of the cables here were for the bow thruster, echo sounder and log.

Using a wire brush to clean the flooring.
Clean and less cables! 🙂
Continued with the cables.
Cables connected.

We also did some more cleaning, in the bathroom, the wardrobe area and the chair. It wasn’t the dirtiest of places but still needed some cleaning. We also took a quick look at the 3 bags of sails we have in the boat.

Some week ago we gathered our sail bags that were stored in the marina and took a quick look at them. There were 8 bags stored in a shed in the marina and 3 bags inside the boat. We have only looked at them quickly (and indoors) but almost all of them seems to be in good shape and we think that we have:

  • 1 x Main sail
  • 1 x Mizzen sail
  • 1 x Head sail (furling)
  • 2 x Head sail (one smaller and one bigger)
  • 1 x Spinnaker
  • 1 x Gennaker
  • 1 x Mizzen staysail
  • … and two more bags in the boat that we don’t know what kind of sails are inside

As said before, we have just taken a quick look at the sails so they could be something else.

sails ketch rigged sailboat
Our sails for our ketch rigged sailboat, that we had in the shed on the marina.
sails ketch rigged sailboat
The smaller head sail.
sails ketch rigged sailboat
The main sail, which has the sail number H7 S82.
sails ketch rigged sailboat
The spinnaker.

Next up will be to continue with the electrical system overhaul to get the basic functions in order and to fix some leakages we have on the hatch door. If you want to read more about our sailboat renovation, all blog posts about the renovation can be found HERE.