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Old 28 September 2008, 18:15   #111
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Probably just had the worst weekend with the boat so far, I was heading for a nervous breakdown!

Friday night - finished off rigging the fuel filters, that was ok.

Sat am - realized that the depth transducer wasn't going to fit in the bilge unless I parked it right on top of the anode. So I had to take all the screws out the deck and lift it off, disconnect the fuel lines and crane out the fuel tank and fit the transducer under the tank. I sikaflexed in a bit of osma pipe to the floor to use as a mould to cast the transducer in resin but the sikaflex hadnt gone off properly and dumped half a litre of resin into the bilge It wouldnt have worked anyway as the resin was full of air bubbles Then the tank wouldnt go back in properly Jumping up and down on it EVENTUALLY worked Then the cable didnt want to know about going all the way up thru the conduit

Sat pm - After finally getting everything back to how it was the day before I thought I would do something fun and simple like connect up the steering and get some fluid in it. Damn stuff was p***ing out of every joint! The actual hose connections were ok but the other taper thread fittings eg the bulkhead kit I used at the stern and at the back of the helm unit didnt want to know.

So after taking the days frustrations out on some poor girl I met in a club last night I took it all apart, cleaned the red hylomar off the threads (obviously not the stuff to use) and refitted it all using RTV instead and tightened everything as much as I dared (plus a 1/4 turn!). Seems ok now all works nice and smoothly

Pics below - Engines and ancillaries are all rigged up and just about ready to go. With a bit of luck there should be the sweet smell of 2 stroke oil in the air next weekend!! Just need to fill and prime the fuel and oil systems, the only thing I'm not sure about is that I cut the ign switches off the loom and soldered on a pair of verado switches (they have nicer keys!), the wire colour coding was a bit different plus there was a few other bits of chopping and soldering on account of the smartcraft gauges. The odds of a spark at the other end have gone down slightly!
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Old 28 September 2008, 18:52   #112
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That is very cool
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Old 28 September 2008, 20:37   #113
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Getting REALLY close now - at least you didn't miss the summer cos we never had one!!!
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Old 29 September 2008, 05:24   #114
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Agreed. Your attention to detail is nice to see.
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Yes-I want one
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Old 29 September 2008, 14:33   #116
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Yes-I want one

Make me a sensible offer! If I was to sell it, which I have no intention of doing, I'd go straight out and do it all again exactly the same

Ps been a slack git with your blue sea labels sorry! If I remember I'll stick mine on tomorrow and you can have the rest
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Got any pics of the girl from the club?
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Old 29 September 2008, 15:51   #118
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Yep! none of her face tho
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Make me a sensible offer! If I was to sell it, which I have no intention of doing, I'd go straight out and do it all again exactly the same

Ps been a slack git with your blue sea labels sorry! If I remember I'll stick mine on tomorrow and you can have the rest
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I think I'd want to do it as a project like you have if I got an Arctic-though hopefully not as much hull reconstruction!
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Are those rigging ducts ok when the motors are tilted up?
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