Ocean Dove had no engine room blowers so I installed not one but two 4" blowers in the engine room, They are mounted on the back side of the Cockpit lock, out of view and harms way. They exhaust into the fwd and aft cockpit cubbyholes port side. The cowl vents are the screw on and off type and have a screw on cover if I need to make them water tight. Fwd blower (sucker) is piped to remove the hot air from the top of the engine room. The aft blower (blower) is piped supply fresh air to bottom of the engine room. I installed 2-pole double throw switch for each blower on the steering stand. They are wired so I can change the direction of each blower (blow or suck) as need. The Teak trim was removed to install the cowl vents and them refitted. The funny steering wheel on the wheel stand is a leather cover 40" folding Lewmar wheel.
The Led lights from Home Depot come packaged two different ways. In a package with three LED lights and a 120 volt AC to 12 volt DC power supply or as single LED lights packs so that you can daisy chain to the lights to each other and the power supply to increase the number of lights. I bought three single light packs. The lights pucks have three super bright LED a long wire leads and connector to daisy chain the lights together. I removed the last lights puck connector and wired it to 12 volt wire from the old lights and covered the wires with a piece of teaks.
Thrifty, Bright, Low Power, and Best of all, the Admiral loves them!!!!!!!
In February I was in Miami for the Miami Boat Show. I had the great pleasure to meet with Gerry ODonoghue the author of the Blog "The Incredible Hull"
http://theincrediblehull.blogspot.ca/ and to have a tour of the TIH.
Gerry has been an inspiration to me with ideals and the passion he has for the Whitby 42. When I meet Gerry in person in February one of the first sentences out of him was "Your Blog is Shit" and he was right. I told Gerry I would do better so here I am.
Although I have not blog in a very long time, work on Ocean Dove has not stopped. I am still planning of heading south the fall on 2014. I will start blogging on the different projects I been planning, have started or completed over the last year or so.
I removed the halogen track lighting above the galley sinks and installed 3 led lights. These LEDs are 12 Volt purchased from Home Depot.
01/30/2011, Vineland Ont. Canada
I was aboard Ocean Dove today and mounted the hot water heater in it's new home. I still have to pipe it up but that could be a summer job. I have storage above and below the heater as it suspended. The platform for the battery boxes below the salon floor was installed so the wiring and the batteries will be next. I have 3 weeks off so hopeful I can get some jobs crossed off the list.
Ocean Dove needs a New Wind Engine
After re-engine Ocean Dove last year I am looking in the near future to replace her worn out sails.
Ocean Dove is a "Twin Head Sail Ketch", Hull #328 built in 1986 with optional Bowsprit removable inner fore stay for Jib staysail
At present she has:
130% Genoa that was recut from the original 150% genoa on a Harken MkIII furling system.
Jib staysail is original with no furling system.
Main Sail is on a Facnor, Roller furling (on/in the mast) system,
Mizzen is original with a loose foot.
The spinnaker and staysail are original and in very good condition.
I have had issues with the Facnor main furling system. The Facnor system has an Aluminum extrusion bolted to the aft side of mast that the sail rolls into.
This fall on the way to the winter berth the main sail jam half way out as I was unfurling it. I did get the main sail to furl back into the mast and that is where it is staying for the winter. Next spring after launch I will go up the mast on a windless day and try to unfurl the main sail.
I have a wish list for sails:
New 135% Genoa foam luff, 8 oz Dacron.
New furling Jib staysail foam Luff 8 oz Dacron
New cross cut loose foot main sail. 2 reefs, 2 full +2 short batons, Tides Track system and a stack pack lazy jack system.
New mizzen sail 2 reefs, 2 full +2 short batons, Tides Track system and a stack pack lazy jack system.
Before I start pouring money into sails I would like some opinions from others, on what works for them, what didn't, what they would in my position.
So to all give me our advice I am all ears.
Derek and Darlene
01/07/2011, Vineland Ont. Canada
Making room for the generator.
I have to make room in the engine room for my 5.5 Kw. generator but this has a cascade effect.
I need to move the batteries and their boxes from the engine room. I want to relocate the batteries to below the salon floor aft. A new 12 gal hot water heater installed 2 years ago now occupies this space. The hot water heater will be relocated to engine room. If it sound like a vicious circle you would be right.
Hot Water Heater
The hot water heater will be relocated to platform built in the engine room portside between aft end of the port fuel tank and the aft Engine room bulkhead. This space is a dead space between the Vetus water muffler and shipside as the floor area follows the curve of the hull and is generally difficult to get to. The all stainless steel hot water heater is, rectangular in shape 12.5"x12.5"x30" long, so there will be a storage area 15" X 30" above the heater and a small area below it.
I have 3 Blue Sea battery boxes each holding 2-6 volt battery. I can't fit all 3 boxes with batteries into the space below the salon floor to my liking. I will go with two boxes 4-6 volt total 450 amp-hrs.
The refrigeration (almost forgot)
The refrigerant unit will require relocating. At present I have only 1 refrigerator (Cold Beer) unit, the second refreeze (Ice for drinks) unit will be installed later. I will build a platform portside fwd close to the deck head for both units.
The units are water/air cooled, the engine room ventilation system will be piped to ensure that there will always be good airflow for cooling.
Engine room ventilation
I am installing 2-4" 230 CFM fans (as there is none) that will exhaust and or vent into the port side cockpit separated fwd and aft coaming storage pockets. An 4" low profile screw on vent hood will be fitted over each opening, each vent hood can be removed and replaced with a screwed on cover to seal the engine room from the weather deck if need.
Each blower will be connected to a DPDT switch so they can independently switched from blowing to venting the engine room as needed. The switches will be mounted on the steering stand.
I will post more info on the Marinzing of the Onan generator so