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    Hi Walt,
    is it your intension to run 110 AC, 12 or 24 DC or a combination?

    Paul

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    I am planning on running a 12 volt system. I have thought about 110 also but I will not be in many marinas with this boat. The only thing I can think of that we would use that would run on 110 is a microwave and it doesn't seem worth it to just for that

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    That makes sense. I ran a single 110 line on the float home to power lights, the microwave and bilge pumps. The heat came from an old Dickinson marine stove. There was a coil of copper tubing in the fire pot that ran out the back of the stove, through a wall and then into an old acetylene tank that had been converted to a hot water heater in the head. If I kept the stove on low during the day it would produce enough hot water for a three minute shower and to fill the sink for one load of dishes. In the summer it was too warm to keep the stove on so it was not-so-clean dishes and cold showers. Yes, I was single at the time.

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    155.jpgI put a small 2000 watt generator on the back of my house boat for AC, Mr. Coffee, hot plate, ect.

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    That's a cool looking houseboat! Is that a stock hull or something custom?
    A few people that looked at my boat in person mentioned AC and I just don't want it. It gets plenty hot here but there are only about 5 days a year that are too hot out on the water. Usually a breeze and 10 degrees cooler than on land. In Florida it is probably a must!
    I might add the small generator later after we use the boat a while. I would certainly need to wire for that. I am running conduit for adding stuff later.

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    Thanks Walt, all build up hull/cabin, now that it's easy to add pictures I may post a build thread.

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    definatly post a build thread... i for one would love to see it...

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    You could wire it for 120 then supply the breaker panel through an inverter. I've been sharpening restaurant knives through a 2500 watt inverter for 20 years and there's never been a problem. I'm thinking that the advantage to that is the existing supply of 120 tools and appliances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gib Etheridge View Post
    You could wire it for 120 then supply the breaker panel through an inverter. I've been sharpening restaurant knives through a 2500 watt inverter for 20 years and there's never been a problem. I'm thinking that the advantage to that is the existing supply of 120 tools and appliances.
    I was thinking that, but as I know nowt about US electrical standards I held my peace.
    I did hear of someone wiring 250V household lights inside his car with an inverter.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    This the frame for the Lexan panel in the cabin door. I rabbeted the frame for the clear plastic, radiused the corners to fit on the door and rounded over the whole outside so it would not appear so bulky. The mahogany strips are stops to hold the Lexan in place. I ordered a piece of Lexan and picked it up from my local glass shop. I got it back to the shop and noticed it was scratched badly so I returned it. It cost $85 so I wanted it to be right.







    This process is gluing stops on the inside of the access openings to keep the panel from falling in the wall or bilge. A continuation of prevoius post.




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    Merry Christmas to all and thanks for following the build!
    It is cold in the bowshed now. The sun is low enough in the sky that the adjacent boat building shades it. This only occurs about 2 months of the year so I can handle it.

    Temporary hatches in sole, console with access door being installed.






    Dry-fitting the Mahogany coaming. It will be the only bright work on the boat.






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    Quote Originally Posted by waltwood View Post
    Merry Christmas to all
    And to you sir.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Merry Christmas, Walt

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    Happy Christmas, Walt!

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    We have had some very cold weather. It was 8 degrees here last night. It is cold over more than 1/2 the country so that's not news to many of you. It has been too cold to work in the bowshed but nice in the shop.

    I built a birdhouse for my wife this Fall for a Christmas present. It is over 5 feet tall and breaks down into 4 pieces. She was very surprised and loved it.




    I am assembling all of the window jambs in the shop versus putting them in one piece at a time in the openings. I have been doing more of this kind of work in my shop rather than on a job site. I'm using dominos for the joints and off cuts and wood I have removed from buildings in my carpentry business for the jambs. It has actually taken very many pieces. There are some holes and nicks in some of the pieces but I don't think it really matters. I enjoy repurposing and saving wood any way I can. I am building the jambs a 1/4" smaller in both directions than the framed opening. This will allow me to shim and true them up better.













    Also working on the grab rails I have installed one long one and obtaining parts for a total of 6 of them running over the head of each window. We are also priming all the wall panels in the shop. After epoxying the edge of each piece of ply.

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    These are the wall panels after sanding and epoxying the edges prior to priming.






    Did I mention I built a birdhouse?

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    Much like. That's a snazzy bird mansion.
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    My Grampa had one like that under the overhanging eaves on the gable end of his barn. I used to love watching the swallows coming and going, little guys in tuxedos. I can't quite see how you plan to mount that Walt. Sure is a beauty.


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    Meant to ask...What did you decide on the railing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gib Etheridge View Post
    My Grampa had one like that under the overhanging eaves on the gable end of his barn. I used to love watching the swallows coming and going, little guys in tuxedos. I can't quite see how you plan to mount that Walt. Sure is a beauty.

    I plan to mount it on top a 6 x 6. I may use a tabernacle so I can access it but I haven't worked out all the details. It weighs a lot so it's going to take some engineering.

    For the railing I am going to use 7/8 inch SS tubing with matching brackets mounted on the head casing of each window. I'll follow up with a photo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ben2go View Post
    Much like. That's a snazzy bird mansion.
    Bird mansion- I am going to use that one. Ha

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    Walt, Looking great! I think I would consider a super simple 110v AC panel, 1 or two circuits, simple shore power cord connector, later on if you feel the need, a small inverter could be added on with minimal fuss, to run the microwave, which your better half will like...Don't ask how I know...
    This set up will also make it easier to keep it all snugged up, but the small boat dryers running and the battery charged up for the period when this unit is tucked away for the winter. Be careful, or it will accidently become a cozy guest crash room...cheers, Happy New Year, Steve/ Bt


    PS, in our little boat, one boat dryer keeps the tiny cabin slightly warm, and the cushions and bedding can stay in all of the off season without getting musty, saving us a lot of schlepping... and keeping it nice and ready to use anytime...S

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    Quote Originally Posted by boattruck View Post
    Walt, Looking great! I think I would consider a super simple 110v AC panel, 1 or two circuits, simple shore power cord connector, later on if you feel the need, a small inverter could be added on with minimal fuss, to run the microwave, which your better half will like...Don't ask how I know...
    This set up will also make it easier to keep it all snugged up, but the small boat dryers running and the battery charged up for the period when this unit is tucked away for the winter. Be careful, or it will accidently become a cozy guest crash room...cheers, Happy New Year, Steve/ Bt


    PS, in our little boat, one boat dryer keeps the tiny cabin slightly warm, and the cushions and bedding can stay in all of the off season without getting musty, saving us a lot of schlepping... and keeping it nice and ready to use anytime...S
    Sounds fun but we don't have many places that have shore power. we will probably just take day trips on it in the beginning. A 12v system will work I think but I am having a difficult time getting started.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waltwood View Post
    Bird mansion- I am going to use that one. Ha
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    Quote Originally Posted by waltwood View Post
    Sounds fun but we don't have many places that have shore power. we will probably just take day trips on it in the beginning. A 12v system will work I think but I am having a difficult time getting started.
    Walt, nice job on your barge. I just joined in on your thread and admittingly jumped over a lot of pages so I could see where you are in the project.

    It seems like your boat would benefit from a solar charging system on the cabin top. A large bank of batteries and a proper inverter would let you run 120v appliances as needed and still be off grid.

    If this has been discussed previously I apologize in advance.

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    Thanks for the suggestion. I think it has been mentioned before.
    I'm trying to keep it simple at this point and not make any more large purchases other than what I am already committed to and make sure the boat works as planned first. I am going to leave the headliner off even after launching so it would still be a possibility.
    Walt

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    If you do go with an inverter get one that produces what's known as "full sine wave". That's what you need for a computer.

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    Just to be clear, the last thing I want on my boat is a computer. Ha, I know what you mean. Thanks for the suggestion.

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    Great progress and glad I can follow along. Love that you haven't dropped off on the picture posting!

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    I am glad you are enjoying it.
    We don't much snow in this area- maybe 5 inches a year and even sometimes none so it really throws us when we get hit like we did with the storm yesterday. We had 40 mile an hour sustained winds with a maximum of 70 MPH and a foot of snow. This is a picture of the public road leading to our property. We have not been able to get out.


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    WoW! That sucks. I live in upstate SC not very far from the mountains and we get about the same thing. A few inches a year and sometimes an ice storm. We haven't had a snow here like that since the early to mid-80's. I hope we don't get one either.
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    Where is the nearest water that you boat on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by waltwood View Post
    Where is the nearest water that you boat on?
    Lake Greenwood in Greenwood, SC. Nearest lake to me is behind my house a couple miles, Lake Bowen in nothern Spartanburg county.
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    Nice going, Walt.

    Is that birdhouse intended for Martins? Or another species? It looks great.

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    I did not have a good plan when I started building it. I wanted it for wrens and I'm not sure they colonize but martins would be great to have here.

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