SEA KNIGHT

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Re: SEA KNIGHT

Post by Craig Aho » Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:22 pm

Well I am back at it again although I have had thoughts of selling or trading away my project. It is nearly completed with only electrical hookups preventing it from going in the water. Also I would need to repair my old ford truck to pull her. And then there is the problem of moving it out of the back yard especially now that my wife has made the pathway her gardening areas. Always something. I have been thinking that I dont really have the financial means to really owning and operating a boat and maybe a old FOrd Model A would be a better hobby for me. Anyway I am inspired to work on more wood joinery stuff like the rear cockpit bench and helm area foot rests and a table for the passenger side. I think I will buy a battery and box to help me get the wiring strung and try to get the instruments etc. hookup. I am making a big assumption that my old motor will run and at least let me try to get the boat to water to see it it floats etc. I will provide some photos as I complete some of the tasks at hand. Cheers

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Re: SEA KNIGHT

Post by mrintense » Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:54 pm

Welcome back Craig. I sure hope you reconsider the selling. SO much time into her and really a nice job too. I understand the financial concerns. But hope you can find a way.
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Re: SEA KNIGHT

Post by footer » Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:56 am

Craig; I can totally understand your reasons for selling, but I would complete her before doing so. You will increase your clientele as well as get a better price out of a completed boat that has been tested, than one that is incomplete.
You've put too much time into her to at least not take her out and drive her once.
Good luck either way.

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Re: SEA KNIGHT

Post by billy c » Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:16 am

Craig- Seems we all run into life problems and changes as we build. Finishing the boat will be a nice way to see things thru as you will get a chance enjoy what you created.
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Re: SEA KNIGHT

Post by Craig Aho » Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:46 am

Thanks guys, for the time being I just bought a battery and box for the boat and can proceed with running electrical wiring etc. I would like to mount the battery box up in the cabin if possible to move the weight up there (about 12' run). It might fit nice on the port side in the toilet cupboard. I would need a set of long cables for the starter though. ? I am also moving forward with a rear cockpit bench seat (Mahogany), cabin door of some kind and helm area footrests etc.

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Re: SEA KNIGHT

Post by Craig Aho » Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:39 pm

Not sure where to mount the battery, forward is prefered and the locker I was considering is rather small and might not fit the battery and a portable toilet. Maybe a locker which could double as a foot rest for the port side seat.? included a photo of my helm wiring challenges.
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Re: SEA KNIGHT

Post by mrintense » Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:15 am

From what I recall, (and this is not necessarily the last word on the subject), doesn't the battery need to be closer to the engine in order to minimize the thicker cable runs needed for starting?
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Re: SEA KNIGHT

Post by Craig Aho » Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:10 am

Hi Carl, That does make some sense. I am not totally sure now. I just noticed how heavy that battery was when I brought it home and lugged it into my backyard to the boat. I think I may have stretched my right arm 6", lol. My thoughts are to keep as much heavy weight at the COB.

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Re: SEA KNIGHT

Post by JimmY » Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:14 pm

If you go to bestboatwire.com , or other websites, there are calculators to figure out the gauge wire needed to be able to supply the Amps for a given length. Not a real issue putting the battery forward, you will just need a little heavier wire.
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Re: SEA KNIGHT

Post by Craig Aho » Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:02 pm

Thank you Jimmy for the suggestion. I have worked a little on the aft bench seat with basic supports made and ready for varnishing. I will collect some more African Mahogany for the slates that will be the seat bottom and will have to decide on some kind of supports on the port/starboard ends as well. I did a little looking in the forums for examples of similar seats but not found them yet. Electrical is going slow since I dont really know how to proceed design wise. I only have a half dozen items to hookup so it should be fairly simple and the actual running of wire and hooking things up will be within my capabilities once I set my mind on how best to do it.
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Re: SEA KNIGHT

Post by Craig Aho » Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:03 pm

I will use SS bolts and screws to install the seat as an assembly into the boat so I can remove it if needed.

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Re: SEA KNIGHT

Post by mrintense » Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:09 pm

Looks good Craig. I've been wondering myself just how much of my interior I am going to glue in and how much I am going to install with screws only.
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Re: SEA KNIGHT

Post by Craig Aho » Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:07 pm

Thank you Carl, I appreciate your feedback.

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Re: SEA KNIGHT

Post by Bill Edmundson » Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:42 pm

On my Tahoe the engine compartment bulkheads are bolted. The rear seat is also bolted. This is for future access. The seat will have to come out if I need to remove the tank to access the rudder. Put a lot of thought to this! You don't want to use a Sawzall to work on your boat!

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Re: SEA KNIGHT

Post by Craig Aho » Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:59 pm

I managed to get almost all my electrical completed and it is all working so far. I've only to complete my bilge pump install (trying to decide where the lowest part of the boat might be since I have no idea how it will sit in the water). I also need to purchase an Antenna of some sort for the VHF radio. I think the boat is essentially completed and ready to the water. I will continue to do some work to correct some of my poor workmanship and to add a few things as I go forward. It will probably be next summer before I can get my old F150 working to tow it and move all my wife's plants etc. to get the boat out from the back yard. Thanks to all my fellow builders for feedback and thoughts along the way.
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