Windows Have Arrived

December 6, 2016  Hours spent building to date:  3,138

The windows arrived yesterday, and they look great  — very high level of finish and every one I have tried so far has been a very close fit.  Toward the end of the day today, I summoned the energy to put one in. It was not hard at all and looks awesome.  The big sliders are pretty heavy, so I will need Ray to help.

Other than that, I have been working on projects I can do in the time I have between trips to Greenwich:

— Installed the Balmar battery monitor.  Boaters are constantly worried about the state of their batteries, since dead ones in a remote location are one of the things that are tough to fix on board which means a lot of time and money to one of the towing companies.  This unit is a “smart” one that learns how your batteries charge and discharge and provide a constant picture of battery charge and condition.

— Went down to the local plumbing supply and got all the adapters to get from the sinks down to marine hose.  The whole thing cost $29 including the galley sink drain.  They could have said $100 and I wouldn’t have blinked an eye, being used to West Marine plumbing prices.

— Installed the battery charger.  This is a Charles unit I have used before and really trust, but once again, the designer should have to install the thing before letting it out the factory door.  The AC side attached to teensy #6 screws that are meant for wire far smaller than I would ever use with this unit.  I finally found some flanged connectors from my old Memsahib kit that would work, but after an hour layaing on my stomach fighting this problem, I was not happy.  Then with everything working, I had to set the switch that controls output given the type of batteries being charged.  It was nowhere to be found, so I checked the manual, and it is on the back of the unit (the only thing there) which meant uninstalling the unit, flipping the switch and re-installing.

First window installed

First window installed

Balmar battery monitor doing its thing

Balmar battery monitor doing its thing

Galley sink drain

Galley sink drain

Head sink drain

Head sink drain

Battery charger charging

Battery charger charging

$5,00 worth of windows don't look like much at first

$5,000 worth of windows don’t look like much at first

 

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