Salty 31


Salty, a 1989 Contessa 26' Sloop (JJ Taylor)


Project Complete:  293.75 total hours

Scope of Project:  Repower; electrical and systems replacement and upgrades; windvane installation; miscellaneous upgrades and improvements

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March 31, 2016

Salty 31

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I’d forgotten to run a wire pair forward for the owner’s planned and eventual Sat Phone, which would mount in the electronics locker, so to begin, I completed that circuit, adding another terminal block for easy connection and disconnection at will.


During the rest of the morning, I finished up the wiring on the port electrical panel, including the rest of the negative distribution buss and all the positive wires, many of which I attached to a separate terminal block to reduce the number of wires leading to the panel, and to minimize wire numbers on any single terminal stud.  The top half of the terminal block serviced the various electronics, which shared a panel circuit, and the lower half serviced three separate power and charging outlets on the port side.   Then, I connected the circuits to the new panel, completing various panel wiring that was required as well (side-by-side panels don’t come with the two sections jumped together).  Afterwards, I installed the panel in its opening, and added appropriate labels to the six circuits.

I spent the remainder of the day repeating the process on the starboard panel, where I terminated all the wires and finalized the installation there.  To prepare ahead for an eventual stereo speaker installation in the molded panel beneath, I led the wire down through the aft side of the electrical enclosure and into the space beneath, covering it with some split loom as there was no way to interconnect without this short exposed span.

Total time billed  on this job today:  8 hours

0600 Weather Observation:
40°, cloudy.  Forecast for the day:  possible shower, clouds, high around 65