Day 228 Wiring mains / drainpipe
The wiring below the W.L. is next. This is the mains from where the battery box is ( The house batteries ) going out to the 2 fuse panels and the windlass.

Drain pipe fitting in bulkhead
We made a "cable tray" out of PVC pipe by slotting the top for access. Where the pipe goes through the bulkhead is a fitting which will be appropriately "stuffed" with a calking material.

Also, the drain pipe was run through from the bow's chainlocker to the aft sump. We tapped valves off along the way to allow water trapped in one area to flow aft. Normally these valves will be left closed, but are in easy access points.

This pipe of course is not related to the sink drains / or holding tank, although the forward sump will be pumped out through the same standpipe as the holding tank.

Along with mains to the fuse panels ( one in the forward stateroom, one under the dash in the pilothouse ) we had to run in the cables for the twinscope sonar. In fact, somehow we lost the nut last summer and it took a whole week of searching to find it! This held us up because the plugs are so big it had to go in first before anything else.

That was OK though because at the same time we contracted yet another flu and were out for the count that weekend.

To the above left one can see the "sonar box" with one cable for the smaller sonar coming out. This cable runs along the water line because it is pretty short, and just reaches the aft bulkhead of the pilothouse. This will be the outside sonar and speed indicator location that will be viewable while in the cockpit.

It is very important to know your speed while in the cockpit, trimming sails and riding waves to achieve maximum velocity. Plus it's fun to know too! This speed indicator differs from GPS in that it shows the speed the water is racing past the hull. GPS shows your true velocity over the bottom which, while good for viewing the effect of a current or calculating ETA etc, is not going to tell you your hull speed through the water, which is more fun....unless you're moving with the current ha ha!

These images show the tray with wire inside. The guages are pretty big, but are required for reliable long-term operation. The forward panel is max breakered at 75 amps. The cable is 4 guage to there. The cable to the windlass is 2/0 guage welding cable, so is the cable to the main breaker panel under the dash.

We went with 2 breaker panels because of the amount of wire it would take to run forward for what will essentially be the communication centre. One of our ham radios can easily draw 30 amps while transmitting. Plus there will be various test equipment at this location that will require intermittant high amperage. All forward lighting will be on this panel as well as the fans.

The cable tray is getting pretty full already and we still need to consider masthead lighting wire and at least one coax cable coming down from the mast. The tray is mainly to protect the cable from heavy objects flying around in the storage areas below the floor, but also to provide some sealability through the bulheads.

You may have noticed the foam strips on top of the webframes. This is for several reasons:
- to add some insulation value. They are glued on top with contact cement.
- to minimize "squeaking" of wood flooring. This is a constant complaint in big trucks by their drivers. Not so much the flooring, but pretty much everything else, and it usually involves plastic and plastic, or wood and plastic.(ie coaltar)
- It's a good buffer zone to eliminate side to side movement wearing the screwholes bigger. This could be argued.
- Stops potential wear through to the metal.

We've seen all kinds of weird stuff happen in things that move, or don't, as our house must have the creakiest floor in the neighborhood! Not this time.

Day 228:
7 hours - inserted cable tray for wire and chainlocker drainpipe/valves etc.

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