|How a motorsailer ran its engine only 1,313 hours in 20 years will remain an unknown. We put on 200 hours in two seasons.|
Fitting it requires some carpentry, some metal cutting, sawing and deburring, and of course vacuuming of the inevitable deconstruction debris. The old one wasn't exactly tiny...
|Good on dials, less so on lights or things that go aa-ooo-gah...and soon to be seen on Craigslist.|
|A well-made panel, on close observation. And it goes bzzt, etc.|
This is what the above panel looks like from the front.
The rather extensive cabling leading to the control panel necessitated opening up the DC panel mountings and carefully snipping away the black ribbed conduit cover from a bunch of power leads.
|The general tidiness of this area, plus the very helpful labelling, are habits I've acquired. Mostly.|
|After the EPIRB, the Dymo label maker lets me sleep at night.|
|Modification was instrumental to my plans.|
|Dry fitting Number 1: Not quite there.|
|Hydraulic steering rules! Grinders rule! Vacuums rule! Sandals...not so much.|
|Yeah, probably not prudent throwing sparks down into the engine bay, but hey.|
The end result was a tight but functional fit. Connections, trim regluing and lighting up to follow.
|The key shown is the real key...just add volts. Also seen: the blogger's toes.|