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Re: WayWeGo Repairs and Improvements

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:28 pm
by Captrichc
I'm thinking if putting a solid top canopy and just doing curtains next year of my fly bridge. But I need to figure out anchor light fix for next season

Re: WayWeGo Repairs and Improvements

Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:50 pm
by WayWeGo
Captrichc, are you thinking a fiberglass hardtop or one from hardtotop? Either of them can support an anchor light -- the one supplied by Atlantic Towers used a Perko head on their own shaft. I plan to convert it to LED soon.

I tried to wire the new light directly from the flybridge switch, but was not successful. Even though it is not shown on the schematics, I suspect there is a diode somewhere in the circuit. After a couple of frustrating hours trying to figure it out, I ended up wiring the new light to the old wires that were powering the light on the front of the flybridge. Not very elegant, but now the light works correctly.

We ran into some problems integrating the canvas enclosure with the radar arch, and I will ultimately be making some changes. Our canvas is getting thin and will not last forever, so I am thinking about a hardtotop with new curtains that we make ourselves.

Re: WayWeGo Repairs and Improvements

Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2018 12:49 am
by Captrichc
WayWeGo wrote:
Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:50 pm
Captrichc, are you thinking a fiberglass hardtop or one from hardtotop? Either of them can support an anchor light -- the one supplied by Atlantic Towers used a Perko head on their own shaft. I plan to convert it to LED soon.

I tried to wire the new light directly from the flybridge switch, but was not successful. Even though it is not shown on the schematics, I suspect there is a diode somewhere in the circuit. After a couple of frustrating hours trying to figure it out, I ended up wiring the new light to the old wires that were powering the light on the front of the flybridge. Not very elegant, but now the light works correctly.

We ran into some problems integrating the canvas enclosure with the radar arch, and I will ultimately be making some changes. Our canvas is getting thin and will not last forever, so I am thinking about a hardtotop with new curtains that we make ourselves.
Awesome. Ill be following you on that. The current anchor light does not work and is also not at the highest point currently on the boat. I though about using a portable one for now untill i do the hard top since i have a canvas top right now.

Also you say you make your own canvas enclosures? Please shatr your process.

Re: WayWeGo Repairs and Improvements

Posted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:23 am
by WayWeGo
Captrichc, I probably won't do anything with the light until I need to, as what I have now works fine. I would have preferred a more elegant installation and could have make my light work with a diode, but I didn't have one with me and needed to get it working before a cruise where we likely would need the lights. My best suggestion is to use a voltmeter or test light to figure out what is going wrong with yours. First check for correct operation of the switch and then at the light. It would probably be easier to dismount the light rather than hanging over the front of the flybridge to test the voltages there.

For temporarily mounting your light on the bimini, I think you can get lights that clamp onto the poles -- many pontoon boats mount their lights that way.

As for the canvas work, Sailrite.com is a fantastic resource for materials and instructions. Their information is way more detailed than anything I can provide and we regularly refer to it.

My wife has a number of sewing machines, some of which are usable for light canvas work. The next time we have a large canvas project, I am going to talk her into buying a machine that has a walking foot. The walking foot makes it much easier to sew areas with many layers. For an example of how lucky I am to have a talented seamstress for a wife, check out the curtains she made for the salon earlier in this thread.

Re: WayWeGo Repairs and Improvements

Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 1:46 pm
by Captrichc
Is she looking for some side work..... i need a few canvases fixed.... lol

Re: WayWeGo Repairs and Improvements

Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:44 am
by WayWeGo
Probably not a good idea for me -- I have a few sewing tasks on the to-do list that I have been negotiating with her to get done. :roll:

Re: WayWeGo Repairs and Improvements

Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:09 pm
by prowlersfish
WayWeGo wrote:
Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:44 am
Probably not a good idea for me -- I have a few sewing tasks on the to-do list that I have been negotiating with her to get done. :roll:
Could be cheap to pay someone :mrgreen:

Salon Speakers

Posted: Thu May 09, 2019 12:36 pm
by WayWeGo
Before I started this thread, I had replaced the old cassette deck in the salon with a CD/Bluetooth receiver. The speakers in the salon were single cone West Marine speakers that really didn't sound good at all. Since we use the stereo all the time, it made sense to upgrade the speakers to take full advantage of the stereo.

On previous boats, we have been very happy with Polk DB651 speakers and I found out that they were being phased out. After looking at the replacements, I decided that I liked the old ones better and bought a pair to install. They sound quite a bit better!

Out with the old:
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Re: WayWeGo Repairs and Improvements

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 11:03 am
by Captrichc
Very nice . I havent started on that project. Its on the list but i have more pressing things to do first lol