Thursday, May 3, 2018

Updates, Upgrades & Outfitting Lab Partners, prior to Launching

LP 2 Projects (23)Rip worked almost daily to upgrade Lab Partners (version 2.0) for our cruising plans. All the work was done while she LP 2 Projects (25)was on her trailer by the shop; quicker to access the right tools and more stable than in the water.


removed green stripes and replaced (left some off) with navy LP 2 Projects (15)LP 2 Projects (16)LP 2 Projects (18)LP 2 Projects (19)

Added Lab Partners logos & hailing port in navy

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added 12 volt plug

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removed the bitt added bow cleats and windlass


Pin came off; where windlass is now

template to cut hole in deck for windlass

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(plus new rode and a Rocna anchor)


LP 2 Projects (51)Rip putting holes in the aluminum backing plate he made for the bow cleats

added Vesper AIS with GPS (added AIS antenna removed Garmin unit and GPS)

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Lots of small spaces to work in

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Lots & lots of tools needed for all the various projects

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made filler/mount for navigation tablet running Coastal Explorer

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replaced original roof antenna cable penetration fittings with proper ones (repaired chaffed cable)

we reupholstered the aft seat (green is gone) and DriDek in cockpit

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the DriDek helps Cally not slip in the cockpit

new carpet and underlayment (to smooth over floor hatches)

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added third battery for engine (combine orig 2 for house)


Installed sine wave inverter/charger (and added a separate inverter outlet for micro)


replaced battery switch with a 2 bank on/off (with emergency combine)

added an automatic charging relay

added Victron battery monitor

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made covers for 4 new Big B (HTM) fenders plus covers for 2 - 15" ball fenders

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Grill mount & grill cover

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Grill fits in feet secured to starboard platform; this then gets mounted to the gunnel

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added rear shore power inlet and a selector switch (the Admiral, Beth, loves this boat has the Smart Plug power cord)


kayak roof rack (more on this later once they are deployed and I take Cally to shore in one!!)

added aft flagstaff to hardtop extension; covers made for flag & burgee

I am sure their will be more … i recently heard the Captain mumble something about solar panels. At least the boat is ready for splashing and our first ride on her!!

1 comment:

  1. Hello! Is your dick still available for our trip south? We would be in the area 10/10/2018. There’s a mostly rain event storm coming and we’re looking for somewhere secure for a couple of days for us and Hoolie.