New inlet socket for 230V & leakages

In this blog post we will share some of our work from last weekend; continuing with our 230V system and also uncovering more leakages on our sailboat as we remove more styrofoam.

Since there was no rain for a couple of hours this weekend we managed to do some outside work, which was to add a new, fine inlet socket for the 230V system.  The connection towards land was earlier just a hole into one of lockers in the cockpit. The hole was on the outside of the cockpit which didn’t we thought didn’t feel so safe.

So we took a piece of teak and made it look nice and adapted it to a inlet socket Thomas had from before. It is a socket from Victron which is waterproof to IP56 and has a nice locking mechanism. It will keep water out from the lockets and will result in a safe 230V system whenever connected to shore.

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Mounting the new inlet socket.
A close look at the new inlet socket.

Other than that we also continued with prepping for our mahogany strips, by starting to get rid of the styrofoam in the main cabin in the bow.

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The styrofoam that should be removed… While removing the styrofoam we find more and more leakages on our sailboat.

With all the removing of styrofoam we haven’t only found a lot of dirt, we have also found a lot of leakages from several places, probably mostly from stanchions or the chain plates (at least that is what we think right now, could be more places as well).

For the winter we try to cover the boat as well as we can with tarps. We have also made some kind of “skirts”, with some help of vulcanizing tape, for the chain plates in hopes to keep most of the rain and snow out. Of course, some will still make it’s way in but hopefully less.

We are pretty lucky that the core material of our sailboat is not balsa. Instead it is Divinycell, which doesn’t rot as balsa would. We still have some wood as core material, for example some parts of the cockpit has a wooden core.  Even though it doesn’t rot the water inside can still  cause damages as cracks in the plastic if it freezes for example. We hope for a relatively warm winter and that our cover will keep most rain and snow out.

When the spring arrives and with it warmer weather comes we will deal with the leakages once and for all. We are researching on internet for ideas regarding leakages on  a sailboat and have some ideas on how we will seal the leakages. Does anyone have any great ideas for leaking stanchions, chain plates etc? Something that has worked very well or something that hasn’t worked at all?

As usual we had to do some shopping as well, always some small thing that we need to buy, this time it was some things for the freshwater system/watermaker. Pipe connections, hose etc.

We visit the boat store way to often… 😉
Finding the right pipe connections.

When on the shopping topic, it was a while ago we updated our cost pages, but they are now updated with latest cost status.

If you are interested in reading more about what our preparations for our sailing adventure costs and what equipment we recently have bought, you can find an overview of the costs in the Costs & Information page, and from there you can navigate to the different categories; Sailboat RenovationSailboat Equipment and Other Equipment.

Our 230V electrical system

We are almost finished with our 230V electrical installation and thought we would share our thoughts about the installation.

We wanted automatic changes between shore power, generator and inverter.  With two relays we designed the following priority of our power source:

      1. If shore power is available it feeds the battery charger, water heater and the outlets
      2. If generator is available it feeds the battery charger, water heater and the outlets
      3. If the inverter is available the feed the outlets.
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An overview of our 230V electrical system on our sailboat. Our power sources consists (marked red in the picture) of our generator, connection to land and the inverter. The consumers (green in the picture) consists of battery charger and water heater. We also have six power outlets in the boat.

The inverter we have is a 350W continues modified sine wave inverter. It is quite small but we think that will be enough for us. It followed with the boat and to buy a bigger one is not really prioritized right now,

The water heater is installed to a dedicated outlet so that it is easy to turn it off in case of limited shore power.

Battery charger
Our batter charger, a Victron phoenix 12/30.
The battery charger, inverter, charge controller for the solar panels (not for 230V system) and the electrical panel in the stern. And some cables that needs to be properly organized…

This was some short thoughts about our 230V, more about what we did this weekend will be up soon. 🙂

Varnishing companionway and cleaning

When we fixed the companionway before summer (read more about it HERE) we didn’t have time to finish completely. What was left to do was to varnish it and some adjustments in the frame, which had gotten loose during summer. We had glued it before summer but the glue wasn’t strong enough, so we added screws on the frame to make it hold better.

The outside of the companionway (teak) before adding varnish. We oiled the companionway before summer.
Adding varnish.
The inside of the companionway before adding varnish.
… and after!
Sorry for the bad picture, but the companionway back in position after several layers of varnish. We lost count after a while…

Another thing we have been working a lot with lately is removing styrofoam in the boat. It has gathered moist over the years and is probably a big cause of the “old boat smell” we are working hard to get rid of. So in order to get rid of the smell, all styrofoam has to be removed!

The styrofoam in the aft cabin. As you can see on the picture it is not so fresh.
Hard work removing all the styrofoam.

We will continue removing styrofoam and let the hull ventilate, clean it and then we will add a much nicer finish than styrofoam on it. But we still got a lot of places left, there are enough styrofoam on the boat to keep it from sinking!

Apart from the final fixes of the companionway and styrofoam removal, we have also worked a bit with the electricity. Mostly getting more light. In Stockholm this time of the year the sun sets around 3 p.m. and when working in the evenings it is nice to have good light.

We have also continued with the holding tank but will write more about that in a separate blog post.

Mast track gate improvements

Last weekend we didn’t only work with the fresh water system (see previous post). We also worked a with fixing a mast track gate on the main mast, continued with the electrical system and other small jobs.

One thing we wanted to fix was an opening we had in the track on the main mast. The opening used when removing/inserting the slides. We haven’t found a piece on the boat that fits here so we decided to make one our own, by bending a sheet of aluminum.

mast track gate
The luff groove opening on our mast. As can be seen on the picture the slides on the sail are stopped by a screw before the reach the opening.
Adding a nut rivet on the mast to fasten the bended sheet.
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The mast track gate in position, almost a perfect fit.
The slides are now able to slide all the way down, which makes working with the sail much easier. With the nut rivet it is also easy to remove the piece to remove the sail.

Some of the screws for the windows on the boat have some pretty sharp edges which we wanted fixed. They can easily damage our sails, especially when setting the mizzen stay sail.

Sanding the screws to get rid of the sharp edges on the screws, that could harm our sails and sheets.

We also continued with the electrics on the boat, our next mission is to get the lamps inside the boat working. The days are getting shorter and it will soon be necessary to have proper lights inside the boat.

Connecting the lamps around the navigation table.
Inside the electrical cabinet. More and more electrical functions in position. This is not the finished picture, and we will sort and organize the cables in a nice way soon.

We also created a simple lazy jack for the mizzen mast, similar to the one we have on the main mast. When lowering the mizzen sail it usually falls all over the cockpit, and has been pretty hard to sort out. With the lazy jacks in position we hope that it will be much easier. We also set up a cup holder in the cockpit, a small thing that will make sailing easier and more comfortable. Unfortunately we don’t have a picture on either.

If you haven’t already noticed we have updated some cost and information about our sailboat equipment last week, check it out by navigation to Cost & Information->Sailboat Equipment in the Menu, or by clicking HERE.

Electrical system work

The autumn has arrived early in Sweden and the entire weekend there has been some rain, so instead of going sailing we worked with the boat. Most of the work this weekend has been focused on getting electricity to more functions. We will redo the entire electrical system on the boat, even though some of it where connected when buying the sailboat, the boat has been left alone for over 10 years so some of it needs to be changed anyway. We also want to have good knowledge of our electrical system so that if (or when) something breaks we can easily fix it, because we have made the electrical system ourselves.

The first thing we did was to mount two more of the solar panels we bought.

Adding Sikaflex to position two more solar panels.
Weights on until the Sikaflex has hardened.

Now we only have two more solar panels to position onto the deck. We haven’t installed the final two yet since we don’t have everything to do that at the moment. It has been ordered and when it arrives we can connect some more solar panels and make our batteries happy!

Drilling a hole for the instrument for the solar panels.
In position. Next to the solar panel instrument we have a multi instrument that shows depth, speed etc. And above them the radar is supposed to be. Not so much charging today, due to all the clouds.

Next up was to continue with the electrical system. The only function we have finished from before is the electricity for the engine, navigational instrument and to the refrigerator. Now we continued with other functions. As we have mentioned earlier we have a substation for our electrical system, located in the bathroom. This means that we don’t have to pull every cable to the main station in the stern which makes the work easier for us.

The electrical substation in the bathroom.
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More cables to be pulled.

During the weekend we connected electricity to the electrical substation,  the lanterns, the sea water pump and the deck lights for the main mast. All of the later functions go via the substation.

We also started changing the hoses for the freshwater system. Next weekend we might try to fill up the water tanks to see how dirty they are and continue to get our fresh water system working.

Changing the hoses for the fresh water system.

Next weekend we will probably continue with the electrical system and work with the rig. If the weather is good we might also take a little sailing tour.

Will also try to update the pages under Cost & Information with the most recent Renovation costs and information and add some information under Equipment (currently empty) so don’t forget to check those out in a couple of days.