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Well I can't seem to stop doing a little bit on my boat, I added the support pieces on the inner edge of the sheer decks. Need to fill some screw holes and round over the outer and inner edges before attempting to do the glass work. 

I think doing the glass work will be ok, its just bending over and sanding, pushing / pulling is troublesome.

Handling 7' long pieces of trim was not hard but I certainly do not want to overdue it and prolong my recovery. 

Laying on the couch all day is the worst.
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I think it will be totally functional!  I have a ton of room under the decks.  Design plus 3” in the least.   Be a shame to let any of that space go to waste.  My next project is to find a custom built water tank.  My SS water tank (30 gallons) price was more than my 120 gallon fuel tank.  So I opted for a different option.  It’s tough to find off the shelf stuff that “fits”.  Might go a bit smaller than 30 gallons
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I like the floor for separating the tank compartment from the bilge, and allowing drainage to the stern to still work... :D

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 Den spending time sanding and fairing while I wait on my tanks.  I did make deck supports.  I glasses 3 sides.  Used cvg fir.  I also made the mounting flange for the bow hatch.  It still need some work, but is mostly done. Did similar to Rbob if I remember correctly. 
  I also installed and glassed the floor below the big tank and installed with glass it’s forward bulkhead.  The floor allows the bilge to be separate from the tank compartments
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Dennis, I am positive that reading Calder's book and understanding his message is going to result in a lot of time saved. In particular, understanding how batteries charge and discharge and why, how to size cables correctly and conservatively to avoid risk of an electrical fire (including bundling, temperature rating, voltage drop, understanding ampacity), how to protect the wires with fuses and breakers and why, how to avoid electrical interference with electronic equipment, and finally, the importance of good terminal connections so you can avoid corrosion and again have a safe boat.

I remember slumping down in my chair in mild frustration, going back to that book, and realizing I had all the info I needed all along, I just had to take the time to read it and understand it. Keep tweaking your design sketches as you go. Keep your credit card in your pocket until you're confident your sketch reflects what you really want and is safe and convenient and you have the components selected that best fit your needs.

As we discussed, Jeff Cote at Pacific Yacht Systems has fantastic youtube videos on boat electrical design and installation, including solar. Those videos really cemented some things from Calder.

One resource I have not yet mentioned yet is the "Marine How To" site, which has some of the best info I've been able to find on the construction/installation side of things - what makes a good crimp connector, what tools work the best, how to get a good crimp, etc. Especially this page:

https://marinehowto.com/marine-wire-termination/

Finally, I recommend ordering the current Blue Sea Systems catalog. It was very helpful to have the whole catalog on hand rather than going to the website all the time. And as I mentioned to you in private, I've grown very fond of their Circuit Wizard phone app....but was only able to use it confidently after reading Calder.

I know Brian has talked about putting together a basic electrical schematic for folks, but we all use our boats so differently, and electrical is such a safety issue, that I think if we're going to wire the boat ourselves, we need an education.

You're doing awesome everywhere else, once you get on step with the electrical fundamentals your electrical system will be on par with everything else you've done!

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Dido on the books, I have that one and the 12v bible. 

No way to avoid it!  lol!  Unless you pay someone else to do it.
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Rbob, I have tried to avoid it because I am not a big reader but I have stepped back and started reading Nigel Calder’s  “ boatowners mechanical and electrical manual” . There is so much info when it comes to electrical you need to understand why you are doing what you are doing. Lots of videos on utube as well.
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Great Alaskan FAQ / Bedding Deck Hardware
« Last post by Rbob on March 26, 2020, 11:10:39 AM »
One plus side to being injured is being able to spend time thinking and learning.

I came across a great article on bedding hardware.  A must read:
https://marinehowto.com/bed-it-tape/

And epoxy / oversize holes:
https://marinehowto.com/sealing-deck-penetrations-to-prevent-core-rot/

It might be worth a sticky..

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Todd,

You can make it simple as you want, blue seas has support and diagrams.

I am using circuit breakers on the pot puller, windlass and downriggers.
https://www.bluesea.com/systems

Wiring: Both makes custom battery cables:
http://www.bestboatwire.com/marine-electrical-supply

This ebay seller :  https://www.ebay.com/str/Genuinedealz?_trksid=p2047675.l2563

Just get a ratchet style crimper and marine grade shrink terminals, Some people use flange fork terminals but I really like the snap fork terminals, they get a little narrow and you just push them on the stud they will snap in place and stay.

There is a ton of info others who have done amazing jobs wiring, you should check out Dan Boccia's thread for more detailed info.
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