- Aug 14, 2016
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- Clayton California
Well I got more wire so I laid out the extra line I wanted from bow to the compartment. Finally completed the end of the fish finder wiring with in line fuse going straight to the battery. Installed the bilge pump and separate float switch today (which will also be straight off the battery) using some flat aluminum I had bending it so I could attach to the boat with a rivets then the pump and switch to the aluminum. I didn’t want the aluminum I used to rub or vibrate on the floor so I cut pieces out of a thin plastic cutting board screwed it all together then spread a little 5200 on the plastic pieces and mounted them to the boat. I’ve got one led light strip to run under the gunwale then all the wiring is ran I can start typing in everything. The fuse block and switch panel will be mounted at that time.
It was a pretty warm day and the sun was bright. I touched a piece of black wire loom laying in the floor and man it fell hot. I got my ir gun and the sun was shining straight on the fish finder wire that I ran in the loom.
The ir gun said it was 121 degrees Fahrenheit on the outside. I may have to redo that if I can come up with a better option. I don’t know how much heat the Garmin wires can take. My wiring is the 105 degrees Celsius marine grade from Ancor. I’m going to eventually paint the inside and above the water line battleship gray. That may help cool the loom a little. I had my old wiring ran in black loom and never had trouble. It wasn’t even close to marine grade either it wasn’t Tinned or anything. I have other things I’ll be doing but for now I want to finish what I need to get me on the water. It’s taking a lot longer than I anticipated. It sounded good and looked good on paper. And all needed to be done. One thing I will be doing soon is since I can’t fit the fuel tank behind the rear bench it’ll have to keep riding in front of it with the line ran over the seat. I’m not running it through the electrical compartment in pvc. It was going to be big enough the fitting on the end of the fuel line could pass through Incase of an emergency but I don’t want to cut two holes that big in the bench then still worry about it being close to the electrical. It’s A1-15 line but still.
What I am going to do soon since the portable tank has to take up space in front of the seat I’m going to build a small removable table tall enough to shade the tank from the sun and the table will have a cutting board for bait. then it will at least be usable space.
You’re correct sir. I still have to paint,rebuild the front deck and take it off the trailer flip it and do the bottom. I’m sure I’ll add as I go.I don't think it is ever over when it comes to our boats. I have a box of stuff waiting for me to install (tach, more rod holder mounts, etc.). Just for the fun of it I might also neaten up the wiring under the dash (blaming that on your posts). All in good time. Haha.