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Old 29 October 2003, 16:02   #41
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Then we started to route cables under the deck to the engine, of which there were far more than i thought!

Before...
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Old 29 October 2003, 16:08   #42
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...and after...

There are 16 cables and pipes in total, it's a real squeze and i seriously hope i never need to get anything else through there:

2 x hyd. steering pipes
Fuel line
Oil line
Oil tank press. line
2 x Main batt. cables
Smartcraft data cable
2 x Control cables (throttle and gear)
Control box cable
Fuel / Oil tank gague cable
Garmin depth transducer cable
Nav light power cable
Spot light power cable
VHF aeriel cable
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Old 29 October 2003, 16:13   #43
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Garmin Cover

Could you please tell me wher you got the cover for the Garmin GPS. I take it its a 126.

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Old 29 October 2003, 16:14   #44
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As i think i mentioned in a previous post the battery leads on the engine were too short. We had trouble obtaining suitable multi-strand flexiable cable so Mr Tapp (1/2 boat owner) spent £100 on a propper crimp-tool and we joined some 300amp cable into the exsisting leads.

The join was then heat-shrunk, and well covered in self-amalgamating tape. We shortened the exsisting leads such that the join is in the aftt locker where it is unlikely to get wet and can't sit in water (like it would if it was under the deck).

We had the same problem with the oil and fuel pipes although this is fairly standard stuff.

The smartcraft cable i initially thought was wrong was'nt. Mercury have changed this and not updated the installation manual.

Here is the various leads and pipes being fitted by Mr Tapp's leg and Mr Maddox of www.waynemaddoxmarine.co.uk who has been instrumental in this . I owe him many beers.
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Old 29 October 2003, 16:18   #45
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GPS

The GPS is a fairly unusual model i beleive - a 168 sounder. I chose it because:

a) I'm familar with it's operation
b) No cartridges to get wet
c) Integrated sounder means less instruments
d) Inside my budget
e) I love the garmin software (MapSource)

The cover came with it. I'm sure you can buy one, give 'em a call or try NAUTIQUIPPE where i got all the electronics - helpful garmin dealers, 01299 251005.
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Old 29 October 2003, 16:21   #46
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Next job was to fit helm unit for steering. (Note installed throttlebox which i forgot to mention before)
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Old 29 October 2003, 16:28   #47
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With wheel installed.

I think at this stage i had also installed the oil tank bracket under the seat as well as connected it's pipes and gague sender.

The exsisting fuel tank sender was also connected to the Mercury smartcraft system.

I installed an in-line water seperating filter under the seat too although the Optimax has an integral one of these with a sensor to let you know when there is H20 in the fuel

At this point the boat made a trip to see Mr BP. The 200li tank ensured Mr Blair got his share of my savings!

It's essential the fuel system is primed before the ignition system is switched on or the electronic fuel pump on the engine will try and burn it's self out.

So after returning over £150 lighter i primed the bulb and switched on the ignition. It took about 1/2 hr to configure the smartcraft instruments although todate they won't talk to the GPS, but then neither will the DSC set - a job for another day!
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Old 29 October 2003, 16:33   #48
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Thebn nothing got done 'till Saturday, when i was in Alderney! But much to everyones amusment i got a 'phone call to "listen" to the engine running.

Wayne Maddox had connected the Mercury DDT to initialise the oil injection system and fired her up He also bled the steering for me. Damn nice chap.

He am i while the engine is run for the first time:
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Old 29 October 2003, 16:35   #49
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It was'nt 'till Monday when i spoke to him and asked "did you check the steering went the right way, the instructions were a bit vague?"

"No, he replied, i'll go and have a look"

Neadless to say his next 'phone call contained a few unrepeatable words about my interlect, and something about my mother. We can't be perfect all the time

Infact it was not my fault. The steering is of a new(er) type where the pipes don't move so, when you step back and think about it you need to reverse them since they are moving a cylinder rather than moving against a fixed cylinder.
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Old 29 October 2003, 16:47   #50
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This evening i collected the boat and fitted the prop. It's a Laser II Flow-Torque II 21" stainless and interestingly (in relation to another Thread at the moment) you assemble the bush and bronze part yourself.

Here is a pic taken a few seconds ago.
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