Sunday, January 18, 2015

Head Lighting

Got a quick project done today with the LED strip lighting that I recently bought. I wired up the vent fan to the Airhead, spliced with the existing lighting that was already in place from the old lighting. I also installed a switch that can go between white and red LEDs. The reason I did this was so if at night, red could be used so the light wouldn't mess with night vision or if having to use the head at night, I wouldn't be blinded by the white light. The white is non-waterproof and the red is waterproof. I didn't get them for their resistance to water, mainly got them for the colors.

The project turned out pretty good. I'm looking at using the white lighting in the engine space too. wearing a head lamp gets annoying and it still isn't bright enough much of the time.

old light wasn't so bright

This time, instead of filling this post with a bunch of pictures, I decided to try a video instead. It's a little longer than I was hoping for. Much of it was talking out the plans of what I was going to do. If you want to see what the results were, just skip to 21:15.

Decided to show what it was that I got for this project if anyone is curious.

From Amazon:
White LED Strip
Red LED Strip (Waterproof)
LED Strip Connectors

Precision Equipment:
Recessed Toggle Guard
SPDT On-Off-On Toggle

Marine Grade Wire from Genuine Dealz
Red and Black wires were 16 guage, 12ft long.

Comments, Questions, and Suggestions are welcome. :-)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Winter slow down

No, I haven't gone anywhere. This time of year, things slow down and like most people, it's just a matter of staying warm. In the meantime, there are winter projects and project planning.

I've sold the Garmin 546s. Didn't take long for that to sell. I intend to upgrade to a nicer chartplotter and integrated radar.

I've been looking over where and how I'm going to mount the Pronautic charger.

Still working (slowly) on building a new battery box that will hold two Group 31's.

Varnishing the rudder cheeks and adding a few coats to the tiller.

And, I just made a few orders for supplies on other smaller projects that I'm waiting for a couple more things to come in but here's a picture to show what I have so far. Just not going to talk about what the projects are just yet, but I have some wires, a strap and hardware. :-)

Checked on the boat today. I thought I left something I needed on the boat, then realized what I was looking for was in the truck. I saw the pink anti-freeze was frozen in the water filter for the engine. From what I've seen, it does freeze, just doesn't expand (maybe when it gets even colder?). Decided to look in the bilge and saw it's frozen too. I really need to dry that out as soon as it warms up again. I'll keep a close watch on everything as this winter continues.

Not much but that's the latest I'm up to. Hopefully soon, I'll find out where I'll be moving too for work and will then have to sort out where the boat is going to be stored at later.

Stay warm out there!