Saturday, July 2, 2011

We may not be moving, but we are not standing still.

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 The saga of the MOG prototype solar powered motor yacht continues. Current projects, both completed and still in progress follow:

The yacht is doing extremely well. The look of her is no different but the innards are wired and a truly wifely usable interior.
An electrical inspection is due this week by Jim of Bearing Marine Services. This is not required by any insurance or entity. I want to make sure it is ship shape.
All lights (save 2) have been converted to LEDs. Most of the 120 volt AC has been rewired to 24/12 volt DC. Certain AC lines have been rewired to DC.
The entire battery and 24 volt drive system has been upgraded and new resettable circuit breakers, inverters and DC/DC converters have been put into place.

The PVs have been mounted atop the roof with custom clips and elevation bars. After the electrical inspection the PV array will be final wired into the 72 volt DC down wire to the solar controllers. A new Shumacher 24 volt battery charger is due in next week for 'just in case' marina charging should the PV array fail.

The remote control (wireless) throttle and steering system works but has yet to be tested out on the water. I must complete ALL wiring and static system tests before a wet run.
Both electric outboard prototype motors and the auxiliary engine are mounted, as are the controller systems (integrated with the wireless steering/throttle).

Horns, custom 24 volt bus bars, fuses, breakers, battery layout and fitment as well as light/heat blocking curtains have been thought out and added.

Just for a comparison.... when an electrician wires an outlet, the wire is stripped, wrapped around the screws, tightened and covered. On the boat, each wire end is labeled, stripped, crimped with a closed ring terminal, screw removed from the outlet, ring terminal placed on and screw replaced. Furthermore, the screws are not meant to be removed and replaced, as they will sometimes strip their threads upon re-insertion. Replace the entire outlet and start again. Any junctions in a junction box are twisted together and then silver bearing soldered and then wire nuts applied. This is tedious, 96 degree, in the wall or overhead (in the box) work...... no cut the dry wall, yank the box and twist/nut and spackle up.

On a true yacht, no two walls are squared up. Walls are squared up on house boats and RVs and houses..... thus every thing is custom to its immediate region. Every curve in the yacht increases the structural rigidity as well as bearing of torsional loads imparted from wind, water and power drive.