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AC Panel
Derek
04/02/2012, Vineland

Here is a close up of the AC panel
I have to order new labels as I do not have a Dishwasher, vacuum, stove, icemaker, etc., but the Admiral might wish we had them.

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Sewage system
Derek
04/02/2012, Vineland

Sewage system
I have given some thought to the sewage system on Ocean Dove. I would like to flush the heads with fresh water only. On the Great Lakes that is not a problem. I am considering piping the fwd. drinking water tanks to the heads. Removing the Y-valve and overboard connections from the heads and pipe the heads only to the holding tank. The holding tank will only be pumped out through the deck pump out connection or through the grinder pump and overboard. A lockable Y-valve would be in place between the holding tank, deck pump out connection and the grinder pump. The weak links are the grinder pump and the volume of water carried in the fwd. tank. A spare grinder pump and spare parts could be carried aboard and with a water maker hopeful fresh water would not be a problem.
I am open to debate on these ideals, so please comment and don't be afraid to say I am stupid, just say why.

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04/03/2012 | John
Just to be clear, the water tank connected to the heads needs to be exclusively for the heads.

Marine heads are not designed to be connected to potable water systems.
04/03/2012 | Derek Keeping
Yes the fwd water tank will be just for heads it's about 50 gals. The tank separate deck fill and would be filled from the test line 3-way valve from the water maker.
04/04/2012 | Scott Lee
I think I would want at least one of my heads to have the option to pump directly overboard. If the macerator pump goes out and your tank is full and you're in the islands where pump outs are nearly unheard of...

Thanks for picking up the blog again - love it!

04/04/2012 | Derek Keeping
I am a big believer in always having a backup system or at less an alternate way of do something. My drinking water pressure pump and the deck wash pump are interchangeable. The refrigerator and freezer are two EZ-cool water/air systems with the same compressor, controls, pumps, fans etc. Two engine room blowers, two GPS systems two chart plotting systems, and so on. Two Grinder or macerator pumps will be installed to pump out the holding tank. I am not removing the through hulls valves that are used for the heads now, just reassigning them. The aft through hull valve is used as the sink drain, the fwd. through valve for the water maker suction (maybe). The jury is still out on the placement of the water maker.
Profurl and Water Maker
Derek
04/02/2012, Vineland

I had three must stops on my drive back to home (Canada) from Miami in February The Swap Shop Flea market, Sailor Man (both in Fort Laurdale), and The Sailors Exchange in St. Augustine. I was interested in finding R.O. water maker in need of TLC at good prices. The Flea Market was good for a walk around and a arm full of T-shirts for family and friends at home. Sailor Man's cheapest water maker was $1800.
I day later I was at Sailor Exchange eyes wide open at all the boat bits new and used.
They had a old HRO System 9 with an HP Cat pump and AC motor, electrical control box, 40" membrane housing. The unit was rated for 500 gals per day. Price $200. I thought it might be a bit more of a project than I wanted. As I was about to leave I spotted a complete Profurl roller furling unit, 44 ft. of foil, and manuals. Profurl units are completely re-buildable the bearings and seals are off the shelf items. I spoke with the owner and he wanted $500 for the Profurl and for additional $150 I could have the water maker too. SOLD!!!!!
I have rebuilt the Proful (cost $60 for 2 bearings and 4 lip seals) I will install it this spring on Ocean Dove's inner forestay for the jib stay sail.
The water maker is at the re-design and parts accruement stage.
Photos to follow:

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04/10/2012 | Gerry
a complete Profurl roller furling unit, 44 ft. of foil, for $500 - Damn you Batman
AC Transfer Switch
Derek
04/02/2012, Vineland

The Generator 240/120 volts and two shore power connections pass through a Blue Sea transfer switch 4-pole, 3-position, Generator, Off, Shore Power, before going to the AC panel. The AC panel is divided into two sections either for each 120 volts legs from the generator or each shore power connection depending on the position of the transfer switch. There is a paralleling interlocking switch if you have only one shore connection.
I will divide the AC load between the two 120 volts section, one air conditioning unit on each section (12000 btu in main salon, 7000 btu in aft cabin), port and stbd side wall plugs, and so on.
There is also a interlocking shore power or ship power switch, this was originally for the a ships 120 volts generator. I will use it to connect the Ship's 2 KW invertor.
I will post more info and photos later.
The photo is the Blue sea transfer switch wiring diagram.

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07/12/2012 | Bruce Bogdanoff
Have you comleted the installation. I am doing the excat same installation on a 5.5kw generator in a Beneteau 40. I am interested if you had to modify the the Blue Seas wiring to distribute the load to each AC panel.
Buffed Hull
Derek
04/02/2012, Vineland

Three weeks ago on a cloudy weekend I had the hull buffed.

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New AC/DC panels
Derek
04/02/2012, Vineland

Two years ago I replaced the DC side of the electrical panel. After rethinking my AC system I replaced the AC panel this winter. The new AC panel can accommodate two 30 amp shore power and generator. I will go into details later but Gerry asked for photos along time ago.

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04/10/2012 | Gerry
Its such a nice feeling to sort out bad wiring. For some strange reason the stuff never sorts itself out if you ignore it.
05/08/2012 | William
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