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Old 15 November 2009, 11:18   #1
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Searider 5.4m gizmo additions!! - AIS, Spotlights, Handheld Spotlight and Active x

As many of you know I've had hubby (Knot Yet 2) wiring up all the "essential" extra's I've bought for our Searider.

I've taken some pictures of the job - as I thought they might be of use for anyone else trying to impersonate Blackpool illuminations

Console inside before additons were added (apologies for the poor quality)



We needed to add an extra metre width to the top of our A frame in order to accomodate the various electronics - the aerials needed to be at least a metre apart. We had the local steel fabricator build a 1.05m x 3mm galvanised steel bar that has been fixed to the existing plate on the top of the A frame - all the wiring then feeds down the inside of the glavanised a frame tubing









Using industrial conduit @25mm we then painstakingly feed metres of wire through the conduit piping



Which in turn feed under the centre console



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Old 15 November 2009, 11:26   #2
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A battery cut off switch was added



And a lamp socket for a hand held spotlight



The console wiring became slightly more complicated





For the AIS (Engine 2) and Echo Max Active X Radar reflector we needed to ensure a dry installation. The driest area on our RIB is inside the jockey console as this is a sealed unit. Using a good quality tupperware box and lots of marine mastic both units were fitted







With the awful weather we have had recently there is no sign of water ingress or condensation - so we hope this works in the real world when at sea!! We realise there is a risk that water will get in but felt it was worth taking - will update you once we have trialled it



In addition to the new gizmos we also swapped the GPS for a newer version (GPSMAP 550S), wired the radio to the GPS in order to facilitate the DSC function and added an old speaker so the AIS and Active X could be heard above the noise of the RIB

Windscreen still to be attached



We still need to install the GPS tracker

Finally when I say we - that's more of a royal we as I had hubby doing all the work - I watched !! - so if I can't help answer any questions I'm sure he will be able to!!

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Old 15 November 2009, 11:31   #3
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Nice work KY2
Give him a brake now KY and don't buy anymore
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Old 15 November 2009, 11:34   #4
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Your A-frame reminds me of a 1980s Ford Capri
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DHD - I think thats where the spotlights once belonged ...seriously!!!

JSP - ahhh alright then .... for now!!
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Looks good, have you raised your all round white light so its a metre above the red/green?
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Superb photo post.

Thats is as excessive an installation on a 5m boat as I have seen in a long time, I love it!

I do hope Mr KY will be having a well earned rest by now.
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Wow that's a lot of gizmo's !
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jeeezus Mrs, it aint never going to float with that lot on the A Frame!! ive seen less equipment on a Supertanker!!

Radar reflector, Ais!! where the bloody ell you going
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you lot are rotten - lol

Okay so slightly excessive but I figure we can always transfer them onto the supertanker when we upgrade!!

Matt - well the longest trip so far has been Cowes and back *hangs head in shame* - have not yet worked out what that equates to in pennies per mile

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