Clipper's Vera Cruise Build

Clipper's Vera Cruise Build

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Electrical Design And Some Wood Work

November and early December presented me with many opportunities to not work on the boat. Suffice to say, it was a long 45 days. I won't get into the details but there was little time for boat work.

But not all was lost. I did do quite a bit of electrical design work and I have started back on working the hull again this week.

I've struggled over the years trying to put together various drawings of the electrical system. I've read countless books on the subject and perused every web page I could find. I feel I have a fairly good overall understanding of the system, but I could never quite seem to get it down to an actual design.

About six months ago I ran into some new information that allowed me to make a more serious attempt at the design of the battery circuit. I actually felt pretty good about the drawing. But it lacked wire gauges and fuses. It also was missing several key components.

Well, fortunately for me, Glen L Marine, the designer of my boat, has started offering electrical system designs for a variety of boat types. They are provided to Glen L through an arrangement with Bayside Marine Design.

The designs are quite thorough and include additional information useful for putting together the actual system. I purchased a copy of the design for a 23 cabin cruiser with DC and AC power. Using that design, I drew up my own diagrams tailored to the specifics of my boat.

They are going to be part of a complete maintenance manual that I am putting together to go with the boat. The intent here is to have a reference describing the boat and it's internal systems so that in the future when I have forgotten everything I've done, I can go back and use this book as an aid.

In addition to the above, I was finally able to find time to actually work on the hull. I've completed the internal epoxy filleting of the frames to skin joints (except for some minor areas).

The deck battens will all be slotted into frames 5 and 6. In addition, the center batten will actually be part of hatch opening structure which I'll be doing next. I've decided to get this structural work done first so that I can finish the fairing of the topsides up forward.

Not much to show for 45 days, but I have some time off over the holidays, so hopefully I can get more done.

One last thing. Last month over the Thanksgiving weekend, I had the pleasure of helping another builder launch his wooden runabout for the first time. The design is a Glen L Monaco. My friend, Skip, put a considerable amount of effort and love into this build and it shows.

One of the highlights of the day was riding and driving the boat. I cannot remember the actual cubic inches of the engine, but it is around 460 if I recall correctly. Needless to say it is quite powerful. The following video gives some idea of what I mean. Look for the relevant part around the 1 minute mark in the video. Enjoy and take care.

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  1. Nice job on the manual, Carl! I enjoyed the video of the Monaco, too. Looks and sounds like quite a ride!

    1. Thanks Mike, It's funny because the manual and the electrical diagrams took quite a number of hours to accomplish, but because they weren't wood working, I felt like I haven't accomplished anything on the build for the last month. Take care.


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