SEA KNIGHT

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Re: SEA KNIGHT

Postby Bill Edmundson » Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:33 pm

Craig

My radio is in the helm box. The antenna is on the far side so it doesn't interfere with the GPS signal. My compass is on the cabin roof on the centerline behind the windscreen. My cabin lighting wires go under the compass. But I rarely would need the compass with those lights on. I just through this out for you to be aware that electrical can make the compass useless when you might need it.

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Re: SEA KNIGHT

Postby Craig Aho » Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:24 pm

Thank you Bill for your feedback and suggestion. Yes the thought ran through my head about the compass interference, The feedback from you and others is always appreciated as I think through these kinds of issues.

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Re: SEA KNIGHT

Postby Craig Aho » Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:45 am

It is amazing how slow the progress can be when you have to design, engineer and craft so many things on your project. It is a fun process but very slow going. I have the mast moving along and almost ready to mount to the cabin top. it will hinge forward to lay down on the cabin for transport or storage. I think I will create a mahogany stirrup or block on the upper windshield frame to cradle the mast and support it. That is all I can think of for the time being. still need to come up with a light on top and then varnish which will be exciting to see.[img][img][/img][/img]
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Re: SEA KNIGHT

Postby Craig Aho » Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:04 pm

Just discovered that I can't swing the mast through its arc with the boat in the tent so I will just have to mount it in the upright position. There will be 1 inch between the mast and windshield frame.

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Re: SEA KNIGHT

Postby Craig Aho » Sat Aug 11, 2018 4:28 pm

Made up the support block that I will glue to my windshield frame. It will cradle and support the mast when it is in the upright position.
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Re: SEA KNIGHT

Postby mrintense » Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:53 pm

I'm glad you're posting updates Craig. Helps me get through the slowness I am currently experiencing because of other life events. The mast looks great and I like the simple mechanism for folding. It's inspiring me to consider alternatives to the idea I currently have which would require casting a base.
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Re: SEA KNIGHT

Postby Craig Aho » Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:12 am

Thank you Carl, I know what you mean by other life events, I have had a few this year myself and funding for parts and materials is always a challenge. The Mast still has a few attachment issue to work out but at least I am moving forward. Hang in there you have such a beautiful boat you are building.

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Re: SEA KNIGHT

Postby mrintense » Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:23 am

Thanks Craig. Someday we'll both be finished and looking back on these days with fondness.
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Re: SEA KNIGHT

Postby Craig Aho » Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:44 pm

Any thoughts on my planned steering helm placement etc. I am locating it slightly to the inboard side of helm box center to allow for clearance and to align better with my body when I move the seats inboard and inch or so. The seats feel to snug against the cabin sides. Carl I really like the building more than anything and need to be working on projects. My wife however wants to see me complete it. :D
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Re: SEA KNIGHT

Postby DrBryanJ » Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:58 pm

Craig:

I think the placement looks. I agree having the steering in-line with the seat is important. When I sit in my wife's car, the steering is slightly to the right of where I am comfortable sitting. It is a little awkward.
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Re: SEA KNIGHT

Postby mrintense » Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:16 pm

Craig, looks good. The only suggestion I would make is to leave a bit of extra room for the GPS / Chartplotter in case you ever decide to go bigger.
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Re: SEA KNIGHT

Postby Craig Aho » Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:11 am

Discovering lots of problems with my helm installation, Things I didn't consider like the motor attachment? I had no idea what the cable that came with the system would look like so now the cable length and attachment are in question. Also I cant attach the helm unit without moving the box off the bulkhead so I need to come up with a hinge system for access or need another set of hands to help remove and install with the added weight of the helm unit and instruments etc. Lots of things to sort through.

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Re: SEA KNIGHT

Postby hoodman » Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:20 am

Is the bottom of that instrument box open? Even so with all the gauges and switches you might want to make it so that helm box is more easily removable. I could show you a pic of the underside of my dash. With just three gauges and 6 switches there is a pretty big nest of wires back there. Mostly from the gauges.

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Re: SEA KNIGHT

Postby Craig Aho » Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:20 pm

Thanks Matt, Yes the bottom is open which helps but my box is kind of shallow in depth so I cant quite make the helm fit with the bracket they supply in place.

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Re: SEA KNIGHT

Postby hoodman » Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:59 pm

Ah I see. Yes, they certainly could make those helm units a little more streamlined.


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