|The repositioned fuel manifold. I will monitor the heat from the red, boxy March pump to see if I need to insulate it from the diesel lines.|
|Access to this plumbing had to be maintained.|
|The first box I bought. The second I had to build|
First acquired was the hard-to-source (a couple of calls to a B.C.-based distributor were needed, as is often the case with the weirdo form factors I seem to require) L-16 four-battery box. This allows side-by-side storage of the batteries, meaning the customary roll of the boat both mixes the electrolyte more effectively and keeps less of the lead plates uncovered by it, assuming we keep the electrolyte levels at their proper volumes.
|The four L-16 batteries' box. There's about one inch either side of it.|
|I often have an audience aboard when I'm not grinding or drilling or exercising "sailor talk". This bird thinks I need a bigger rode bucket.|
|Mitre-cuts could have been better, but the workshop's bloody table saw was out-of-order.|
|Eh, not bad. The corners are plumb.|
|Close, and a cigar.|
|Note to self: Do not do this again in a flat-roofed workshop in July. Thermal runaway detected.|
|Not pretty, but pretty thick. I later Multimastered off the more egregious bubbles and blemishes.|
|It's a Xantrex RS 2000 inverter/charger. It's no longer made; we bought this as is so often the case, well ahead of installation when it went on sale.|
|Access from below isn't crazy; there's an accessory panel display that will be put at eyeball height.|
Once again, the purchase of a proper crimper, stripper and other electrical wire work supplies is paying dividends. All this improvement to the boat's electrical systems is expensive but also will succeed predicated on proper installation, which is also a factor in the durability when faced with the harsh marine environment.
|AC IN 10/3 marine-grade, labelled, clear heat-shrunk and prior to putting in the strain relief.|
I like to label because I literally get a better understanding for my underfamiliar tasks thereby.
|AC IN and OUT installed with strain relief. The AC IN goes to a 30A breaker on the AC panel, and the OUT goes to a Blue Seas panel breaker that keeps SHORE and INVERTER well apart.|
Shoving the inverter's AC wiring to one side, I did a dry fit of the Two-Box and the Four-Box to check my measurements.
|I don't realize when it's getting dark enough to justify a flash because I'm a carrot-munching sailor.|
I threw in the token partition between the battery area and the plumbing/fuel area. It's angled slightly to permit a seacock lever to be rotated fully.
|I subsequently tidied up the glassed-up box, although it's never going to be seen except by the crew.|
|Very little rust, which pleases me as accessing this area for painting would require removing the floor.|
|I am not convinced this "previous owner" work is to code, but it looks secure.|
|The deliberately offset "sliders" for the dropboard-like partition.|
|The doubled threaded rod in place|
|Looka like it fits. The fibreglassed battery box will get its own lid later on.|
|Long-time readers will recognize that beam and chain fall from the engine installation.|
|Nice fit, buddy!|