Electrical

The electrical system is as old as the boat – 36 years. I haven’t done a full evaluation of it yet by any means, but it seems very likely that it will be in sketchy shape, and that until it’s addressed properly I can expect intermittent behaviour. Having rewired Weatherbird, I’m aware of what I’m getting into – which means that while I know it’s a fair bit of work, I also know that it’s completely worth it and isn’t as much work as one might think.

There are other factors at work here, though: 1) since I’m planning a complete interior rebuild over the next several years, the interior wiring might want to wait; 2) also due to the complete interior rebuild the location of the electrical panel is up in the air for now; and 3) getting the boat sailing for next season is paramount – if I think that a rewiring project might push me over the limit for that, I’ll have to scale it back. With regard to this last point, I should add that in the depth of winter wiring is one of the few things I can do inside the boat which is likely going to be the only place I can heat up enough to be able to work (electrical and mechanical, perhaps seacocks, etc.), so depending on how much time I have to devote to this over the winter (should be considerable during weekday evenings), it should be possible to do a lot of electrical work. As far as the first point goes, only a subset of the wiring is interior, and I can always connect that to a new panel without wasting work replacing the old interior wiring right now. And to the second point, I can probably decide on a location for the electrical panel that won’t hinder me later. Especially if I design it such that I can move it somewhat without disturbing the wiring too much. So there, I’ve convinced myself to do a full rewire, leaving the interior wiring for later.

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Your thoughts?

 
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