The equipment showed up at Emerald Harbor Marine last week so I decided to go pick it up and load it on to Red Rover. If the Christmas Tree was still up, I would of thought it was the end of December! The boxes are now tucked away in the pilothouse. Brad and Scott from EHM will be here on Wednesday to start landing some of the black box items. I will also be on board to help them sift thru the demo work that has been done. Excited! The project starts moving in the other direction!
I have had several requests for the list of what will be going in. So here are the major components…
Furuno TZTouch2 15″ MFDs, 3 each (two for PH, one for Flybridge)
Nobeltec running on new build PC. I had two SSDs installed in a mirrored backup fashion so if one ever did go down, the second will keep going
PC drives a 19″ main center screen for charting and a 15.6″ screen that will mainly be for cameras
Furuno DRS6AX radar with 4′ array
Furuno DRS12A radar with 6′ array
Furuno SC30 Satellite Compass
Furuno FI70 displays, 2 in PH, 1 on FB. Room for 4 more in PH
Furuno FA50 Class B AIS
Furuno BBDS1 sounder with depth transducer and speed/temp transducer
Icom VHF – adding one to the existing Icom unit in PH
Maretron WSO100 Ultrasonic Wind/Weather Station
New VHF antennas, GPS antennas, etc
We will be keeping the two Simrad Autopilots and tie in the New Furuno gear to them.
Last week I have been working on the layout of the equipment and have gone thru several paper patterns. This has been immensely helpful as Alison and I can see where we think we want stuff to be and then adjust the layouts as how they feel once taped in place. Once we settled on a layout, I have been working on moving the equipment to their future locations, which include lengthening/adjusting the cables and runs. I should wrap this work up tomorrow.
So the last post shows where I ended up doing demo work by myself. Below covers yesterday and today with the help of Darren, our neighbor. Darren is taking the existing equipment off my hands. Timing wise for him to help me this weekend was perfect. Last week working by myself allowed me to pull the dashes apart and get a sense of what was happening behind the scenes. But I was at the point where I needed a second set of hands to be much more efficient and then tasks that just required another person.
Saturday, which was rainy much of the day, was focused on demoing the flybridge nav equipment and the associated cables that headed down to the pilothouse. We also pull cables from the helm back to the captain’s quarters where they then head up to the mast. This was to prep for Sunday. We then hauled the equipment and trash off the boat.
Sunday was mast day. We pulled access panels off from the side of the mast to allow us to start pulling cable up from inside. We also started pulling items off the wings of the mast. We clipped cables from the radars, leaving them for the end of the day to remove. Lunchtime allowed us to find a 20′ extension ladder that was needed to access the aft side of the stack. I did need to fully extend it to get to the top of the mast. Not my favorite part of the day! We finally pulled the radars down, both units pushing 70 lbs apiece. We hauled all of this next door and cleaned up. I have a little bit to do in the pilothouse before the Emerald Harbor Marine team arrives with the boxes of new equipment. They are slated for a week from tomorrow to arrive but there is rumor that they may arrive early. So I will take a few early days tomorrow/Tuesday to finish prepping for them.
The next project we are undertaking on Red Rover is to upgrade the navigation system. The existing system is over 12 years old. It does work, heck, it got us up the west coast! But it is showing its age and there are some fluky things that happen now and again that bother us. So we are replacing almost all navigation systems minus the autopilots with Furuno equipment. To be able to make this happen this spring (before our trip to Alaska, I am undertaking the demolition portion of the project. I will also make new dashes back at the shop for all the new equipment/locations. I will also assist the techs with pulling new cables/wires. They should, in theory, come to Red Rover next week to a nearly clean slate. Below are a few photos over the last week of demo…