Cleaning the bilge and new holding tank plans

After we took out the water tank that would be our holding tank, some cleaning of the bilge underneath the tank was needed since it wasn’t exactly clean. We had cleaned the bilge under the engine when we took the engine out last year, but not the part of the bilge in front of the engine. If you want to read more about our engine renovation, click HERE.

When we bought Anne-Mon there was a lot of this old boat smell and when cleaning the bilge under the engine we got rid of some of the smell, but not completely. So, now when the tank is out it was a perfect opportunity to get rid of the final boat smell.

cleaning bilge
Cleaning the bilge – time!
Definitely needs some cleaning…
Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning the bilge…
Nice and clean 🙂

cleaning bilge

We also removed the styrofoam above the bilge, under the bed in the cabin, and cleaned underneath. This is the place where we will have the pump for the holding tank so nice to have it cleaned up.

Above the bilge before cleaning.
…and after!

We also did some pressure test on the water tank to test our newly welded connection and those didn’t leak, but we noticed leakages in the old welding on the tank. At first we only saw it on one place so we tried to weld it together, but it was not easy and we noticed a few other places were the tank was leaking.

So instead of trying to fix the tank we decided to buy a new one and place it where this old water tank had been. We found a plastic one online which was a good fit, so we ordered it. We will wait for it to arrive and then we will continue installing the holding tank.

Continuation of our holding tank work can be found under the tag: Holding tank.

We have also started thinking about the autopilot solution we will build, but more on that later on.

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. 🙂


Easter tour and boatwork

It is Easter holiday now which means four days off work. The first day we took a tour with our ship Aline to the island Storön in the archipelago together with some other ships.

Aline together with three other ships at  Storön, the fourth ship might be hard to find…

It was definitely summer feelings in Stockholm with 20 degrees (68 Fahrenheit) and we brought our sliding hatch and Thomas worked with it for a while.

Working with the sliding hatch in the sun.

We spent one night out and then drove back in the evening. The following day we went to the sailboat to continue working.

First up was to add our new stop wire we bought. The old one was glitching and we want to have a reliable stop wire.

The stop wire in place in the hatch on starboard side in the cockpit.

We still need a final piece on the engine side which we haven’t bought yet, so the installation is not finished. We continued with the electrical installation on the engine, we use pipes around the cables, for protection and to have it nicely organized.

Figuring out how the pipes should be drawn on the engine.

We also tried to add the cover for the generator, looks really nice and clean now! 🙂

The cover on the generator added.

We also use pipes for the other cables routed in the “engine room”.

A pipe added for the cables going between the engine and battery box. Now we just need to route all cables that should go through here.

We had also painted the holders for the diesel filters in the same color as the engine. It is starting to look very nice below the flooring. Still some details left, but we’re getting there.

The newly painted diesel filter holder back in position.

We took a look at the electrical panel in the navigation area in the boat. We also opened some drawers that we haven’t looked in since buying the boat, found some useful stuff; some courtesy flags, a bunch of flares and then a bunch of stuff that we don’t know what it is and what it should be used for, but maybe time will tell.

Trying to figure out a plan for the electrical panel.
Lots of different cables in the electrical cabin.

Now we just got back from a shopping tour to buy a bunch of stuff we need, both for the electrical system and the sliding hatch. Always nice to spend some money…  We just arrived to  the boat and will continue working.

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.


First drive after Volvo Penta renovation

It was time to finalize the installation of the engine so that we could test it after our Volvo Penta renovation. We had lifted it to the correct position and we needed to connect the gearbox to the engine and the propeller shaft and connect diesel, sea water, cooling system to the boiler and some electricity to the engine before we could do a test start inside the boat.

First up was to assemble the gearbox and then connect it to the shaft. The gearbox need to be inserted precisely to its correct position and we used our rig (that we used when lifting the engine into position) to get the gearbox correctly into position. After that we could connect the shaft.

The gearbox connected with the shaft.
Another picture of the connection to the shaft.

Then we connected the diesel, sea water and cooling system so that we could do a test start inside the boat. Here’s a video from the first test start:

Then we decided to take the engine out for a test drive. First we just drove around in the marina. If the engine would break then we would at least wouldn’t be out in the sea. We drove around inside the marina for a while and the engine behaved really good. Before doing our renovation the engine had trouble running on idle and when put it in reverse it died. Now it was no problem running on idle or to put it in the reverse! 🙂 But everything wasn’t smoothly. We had an oil leak in the gearbox and a sea water leak in the oil cooler. We will need to do further investigations of them.

Here’s a little video from our first drive inside the marina:

After driving around in the marina for about half an hour we drove to the islands of Fjäderholmarna and back to run the engine with some more speed. We drove around 3.5 knots, we don’t want to run the engine to hard in the beginning before all parts have run in together.

Another major improvement is the amount of smoke from the exhaust…

Smoke from the exhaust
A picture of how much smoke it was before we lifted the engine out from the boat. This was after we had ran the engine a couple of times, first time we started the engine it was even more smoke.
And this is how much smoke it is right now, almost nothing! 🙂

The reason we had that much smoke before was that the engine had bad compression and all the diesel didn’t incinerate properly.

Now it is time for some before and after pictures!

The engine and generator before we lifted them out of the boat.
After our renovation and cleaning the bilge.
Before lifting the engine and the generator out from the boat seen from the stern.
Seen from the stern after the renovation.
A picture of the generator, engine and the battery box. Next up will be to get all the electricity and all cables in order. It is quite a mess right now and we need to go through it.

Now the engine is classified as done (except for some small leakages). Our future renovation plans will be to:

  • Go over the basic electrical functions
  • Do some cleaning
  • Continue with the plastic repair in the cockpit
  • Go over the plastic on deck
  • Go through the rig