Installing our cockpit windows & battery connection [Yacht Refit & Restoration Week 65] (Ep.74)

Installing our cockpit windows & battery connection [Yacht Refit & Restoration Week 65] (Ep.74)


So we got our two Blue Nova batteries on and now we can put her back in place. Wharrapan Ricky, Wharrapan? (What happened?) Ricky’s a real real modern-day Picaso. She was old and neglected so we cut her to bare hulls and built her up from the
ground with our blood sweat and tears so follow journey as we plan to sail her to
new destinations and make lasting memories So we’ve got our two Blue Nova
batteries on and what we’re gonna do now is connect them in parallel so our
system is 12 volts and then we have the inverter which does 220 for us so with the
information from from James and stuff I made these these cables and I think you
saw it in some of our previous videos we’ve crimped them down nicely & did all the
heat shrinking and all that so running positive and negatives together and then
these go cross opposite so the positive comes to this terminal and then our negative
goes to the other batteries negative and that’s for balanced charging and all of
that kind of good stuff so we’ve got basil here today Hey guys! giving us a little bit of a hand in the aft cabin to get things connected, he is
electrical engineer so we’re in good hands we just hook these up, get that washer
and spring washer a washer distributes the load a spring washer acts as a
locking mechanism for whatever your fastening it with in our case we used
washes we use double thick washers and double bass washer so we use them as a
backing plate and a load distributor and the spring washer we use as a
locking mechanism for the fastening nut that we used, we didn’t use a bolt we use the nut
and so yeah that’s the purpose of a washer and spring washer So this fluff cake is in. Both our batteries are off at the moment. If you would like to know more about the batteries we
have installed click above. Probably leave it a little loopy so we can get
some comms cables in there. So over here it’s a good idea to always
have the lugs directly on the terminal and no washers in between there so we got a
perfect contact and once we tighten this down there’s a nice surface area that
they’re both bonding on to that like onto that one and onto the base of the
conductor material and all of this is brass you get really good conduction
out of it so there it’s all connected so we’ve got
the positive on this battery we were drawing from and the negative on that
battery we’re drawing from both these cables are the exact same length and both
these cables to the supply are precisely the same length up to the millimeter
that’s what they said was important for me to do and that’s what I did and they are both off, should we crack them on now? Yeah! Ricky & Basil connected up our
batteries to our Vic Tron inverter so just mixing some epoxy for our unit over here.
Our epoxy and hardener both were measured on the scale as you can see the
top layer is the hardener the bottom layer is the epoxy it’s essential that
we mix it nicely mix it we mix it up So we mix it up first nicely until there’s a good mix
and then we start adding our fillers into it and we use a combination of fumed
silica and cotton flocks provides a strength and flexibility and
the fumed silica gives us rigidity and prevents running and what that does is
the combination of the two gives us a good good strong mix that’s not very
brittle at all. So what this is.. it’s a piece that fits like that and
then it gives us the angle for our gearbox to mount onto this pretty
much takes all the weight there and the force & thrust that the engine provides
now all those Newton’s get pushed into this panel and drive the boat so now as you
can see there is a wooden core and it’s been like that all the years all the
guys did is the cut out they never backfilled that so we removed all the wood
and we’re gonna edge all of that with the epoxy nicely mixed up and we’re start
adding our fillers now I like to start with the cotton flocks
the cotton flocks is pretty much just like it’s really fine cotton that’s all that it is is
nothing else in it it’s just purely ground down cotton works fantastic as a
filler base gives good flexibility very very strong especially for wood
applications topped off with fumed silica Cabisil also known as.
and that allows for it not to be runny and also gives us stiffness in in the
mix I drilled & hit this out with a chisel. and then all I did is a grinder and took
a grinder to all the bonding faces of the of the polyester make sure that I’m
going on to raw polyester when I’m bonding and so we just start filling up What I do is start at the bottom because this was
the area where we had some rotten core it’s a good windy morning this morning
this is cured overnight and then you can see the core inside there
It’s all epoxied now and now we’re going to grind all of that down and make it
nice and smooth we’re just using a grinder with the flapper wheel on it
alternatively to this one of those backing wheels with a flat sanding pad
but the very course ones 36 grid. so after a couple of minutes of
grinding down show you what that core looks like you can see nice new epoxy
core right around and now that will always be good & now we can put her back in place and I’m just using the bolts just to
the lineup check she gets a nice big washers nice thick washers there’s also so
just putting it up lining up gonna tighten down they’re gonna drill the
remainder of the holes that we haven’t drilled already everything lines up Perfect line up and now what we’re
going to do is we’ll drill the remainder of them, all those holes need to get drille. There is holes up there too and down the side and then we’ll we’re
also going to use some some adhesive this part is one of those parts that you
kind of never want to come out so we’re going to use some fifty two hundred
running around they’re almost like installing doing a transom job so we’ve
got to bolt it down nicely and now we’re going to start drilling all our holes
running around it’s actually overkill the amount of holes that are one here yeah we’ll put it in
anyways I’d fold up those holes with I’d fill up those holes with epoxy
they are pretty full and tough to get through so there is the backing now mounted with the
temporary drive in the engine will be fitted inside there but that’s temporary in now it’s not
permanent there’s still a couple adjustments we will adjust and change
and so forth but for the most part that’s what it’s going to look like in
place and then the gearbox drive will hang from there it’s so much better than what
it used to look like and the white just makes it makes it look awesome we
installed our electronics cover as well we epoxy filled these holes
so most of what we went through is just complete epoxy so that should be. I mean we shouldn’t have any problems
in the future leaking water in there other than obviously we’re gonna run a
weather seal on it but once the cockpit is closed up we shouldn’t be getting any water in we started on installing our cockpit
windows if you’d like to see the process of how to install your windows without
bolting them in check out the link in the description below or above we first templated and sized up our
windows and then sanded them down the initial markings and then we’ll cut it off
then we’ll prime that area and it’ll protect the Sika-flex from the UV and
everything else from the UV so we’ve got a little structured
teamwork going on here Ricky and Moses template and cut and then I sand it down
afterwards and then once we’ve done with all that then we’ll fit in again we’re just using the activator, the 205
actually just like the kind of cleaner and so that’s what we’re
clean this surface area that’ we have prepped with & we have sanded these edges so right around where we are going to prime the Polycarb, we have sanded those edges with 550 to
600 grit on orbital sander. Polycarb is not always the best option it’s definitely
the strongest but it’s not the best it does fade with time but we really had
the material we’ve bought this at the beginning of the project so we’re gonna use it and
this is for our cockpit area We are getting it all primed and cleaned up
clean both your Polycarb as well as your fiberglass Rickywhat are you doing? Ricky what are you doing? Ricky, Ricky! Wharrapan Ricky Wharrapan? (What happened?) Boat got a sore I put a plaster (bandaid) I’m taping up for the primer. Im priming the fiberglass? I can’t hear you a seagull went over! I’m priming the fiberglass! Ricky is a real modern day Picasso prime the fiberglass Didnt I say use the sponge? You did! Like I said
in my first video always use the spongy these high-tech sponges are the bomb and prime your Polycarb I’m priming the polycarb
all we do is get one of these high-tech cleaning sponges cut it in four and just
keep on using them until it starts breaking up and then get a new one so we used 209 on the acrylic and
acrylic Polycarb this one does both and 206 on the fiberglass To to keep the polycarb from moving and secure it we placed VHB tape around on the fiberglass and then fit in our polycarb we ran a solid thick bead of Sica around
the inside as well as the outside of our polycarb Show you our windows! we’re not removing the film off of it so
it must protect the windows from yellowing while we are here on the hard yeah BYE! cockpit windows stayed tuned
until next week where we paint the underside of Lady Africa and finish up
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46 thoughts on “Installing our cockpit windows & battery connection [Yacht Refit & Restoration Week 65] (Ep.74)

  • April 20, 2019 at 3:16 pm
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    You are getting close to finishing

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  • April 20, 2019 at 3:31 pm
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    She is coming along so quickly now. You three guys make such a great team.

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  • April 20, 2019 at 3:58 pm
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    Cheers Trev

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  • April 20, 2019 at 4:06 pm
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    When’s the launch party ?! Have to be there !!

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  • April 20, 2019 at 4:12 pm
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    Can't wait till Saturday, keep up the good work

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  • April 20, 2019 at 4:13 pm
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    You guys are rocking it …. it's like you put it on fast forward…Awesome.

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  • April 20, 2019 at 4:23 pm
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    Great job guys! GOD bless. JC

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  • April 20, 2019 at 4:28 pm
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    Almost ready to put back in to the water after so long on the hard she is really coming along. Great job guys i cant say that enough.

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  • April 20, 2019 at 4:31 pm
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    Interesting to see the use of primers, I don't remember seeing that in use in other window install videos, glad to see it! Cheers Warren

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  • April 20, 2019 at 4:31 pm
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    Congratz on reaching 10K subs keep up the great work

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  • April 20, 2019 at 4:38 pm
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    WOW its a fantastic work i love your Videos you are a god god working Team i have many learning from you.:-)
    Shit my Englisch is so bad… sorry…
    Best wishes from Germany send you
    Rene Spengler Form Brandenburg/Havel near Berlin
    I love this Boat

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  • April 20, 2019 at 4:43 pm
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    Well done everybody! Lookin fab!

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  • April 20, 2019 at 5:24 pm
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    Great job keep it up loving it be safe

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  • April 20, 2019 at 5:28 pm
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    LOL…everyone has thier own way of making epoxy fillet mix! oh…hey! curious, how did you design your wet manifolds? are you finished with that or will there be more vids on it and how much hp/rpm is the engine ? is it expensive to do?
    might consider it for my boat…

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  • April 20, 2019 at 5:46 pm
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    Extremely impressive ….I feel I'm getting closer to the white light …….but you know what would be a great idea ….when she is finished…sell her .and start all over again …but this time with a monohull ……😳

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  • April 20, 2019 at 5:48 pm
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    Suns Out – Guns Out

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  • April 20, 2019 at 5:55 pm
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    We like the electrical panel "cupboards" you made. Looks good. Thinking about going the same route… (Anja already demolished that area, so room enough, haha!)
    Happy greetingz, Wim

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  • April 20, 2019 at 6:02 pm
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    Super clean portlights.

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  • April 20, 2019 at 6:13 pm
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    Tomorrow, 21st april 2019, will be Easter for the Christian World as well as the Birthday of Rome, 753 B.C. Happy Easter to a splendid pair of persons. To your helper as well. Sincerely. Spartaco Giacometti, Monfalcone, Italy, Europe.

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  • April 20, 2019 at 7:25 pm
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    it was a very good video again, as always 👍up from me

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  • April 20, 2019 at 7:36 pm
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    Always love watching your new episodes. You're so close! well done Y'all! woot-woot!

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  • April 20, 2019 at 7:57 pm
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    What happened when you turned the battery on? 😂 would like to see the system bluetooth and all.

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  • April 20, 2019 at 9:12 pm
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    It’s just amazing what you have done, from completely ripping out everything, the hard work and effort you all have shown is a lesson to all as the proof is in the pudding in the restoration of Lady Africa. It looks absolutely pristine.
    God bless you all for making an old man extremely proud of what you’ve achieved. Thank you⛵️

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  • April 20, 2019 at 9:20 pm
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    Looking fine Team . Sweet job on the Cockpit windows. Carry on………:0)

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  • April 20, 2019 at 10:55 pm
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    Can’t wait to see her splash

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  • April 21, 2019 at 12:16 am
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    One smart dude !

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  • April 21, 2019 at 1:31 am
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    Well done. So many good clues for working with fibreglass and epoxy. Very well researched.

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  • April 21, 2019 at 2:36 am
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    9:54 Ricky showing a lil crackie again! Lol buy that man a belt!

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  • April 21, 2019 at 3:42 am
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    the lock washer can't lock against a flat washer that can turn however it will hold tension ,for what ever that is worth.

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  • April 21, 2019 at 5:15 am
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    Who’s the asshole giving a thumbs down ? . Splash day is getting closer by the day !

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  • April 21, 2019 at 5:38 am
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    Thanks for another fun episode Rrrrrricky.

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  • April 21, 2019 at 9:42 am
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    Brilliant job. Keep smiling!!

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  • April 21, 2019 at 5:19 pm
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    Looking good now Simone and Ricky !

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  • April 21, 2019 at 7:36 pm
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    Awesome job, Rrrricky is such a master with fiberglass and resins…

    I was thinking that semi-flexible solar panels on the canopy roof would have been pretty nice as they'd conform to the shape of the roof – low profile.

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  • April 21, 2019 at 9:39 pm
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    Can't wait for the grand tour when she is finished.

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  • April 22, 2019 at 4:42 am
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    Cockpit looks awesome- how soon will you be installing the mast?

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  • April 22, 2019 at 9:27 am
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    Can you please sit Moses down at the dock with a beer in his hand and let him drink it for a episode in a screen on screen. He deserves it

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  • April 22, 2019 at 5:01 pm
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    Looking great guys. It's almost time to move aboard!!!

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  • April 22, 2019 at 5:06 pm
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    Another great video…. every sticky note removed is one closer to getting on the water!Looking forward to next weeks vid!

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  • April 22, 2019 at 11:37 pm
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    i caught up with you guys i watched from episode 1 to here atm ahah god that's lot of work Ricky super smart its amazing how he found all the probleme knew how to fix them had the patience to sand all of that luckely you had the help of Mo and no snowing winter like here in canada the question im always wondering is do you guys work in the mean time and how much it cost you so far in total 😮 price of the boat material and all (im looking to prob do something similar, at least im interested)

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  • April 24, 2019 at 5:39 pm
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    Great Video. But I was cringing when you both sanded the windows with no safety glasses on. As an Engineer and the health and safety guy for companys for over 40 years iv lost count of the amount of times iv seen people end up at hospital due to no safety glasses. Getting things in your eyes is no joke so as an ex Health and Safety guy please wear the Glasses even if its a quick simple job that does not look as if its going to throw things up at your face. Seriously iv lost count of the times where a simple job like that has ended up with someone with something in their eye. Consider this comment as a concern for your eyes and its also your first written warning lol. Do not make me come over there and super glue safety glasses to your head. 🙂

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  • April 28, 2019 at 2:34 am
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    Lots of good info. Been watching all day.

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  • April 30, 2019 at 4:12 am
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    Well done ! It only took me three weeks to binge your videos 😉 now how am I suppose to refit a boat after the the spectacular job you guys have done 🤣 you made it look easy and effortless! Thank you 👊

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  • May 16, 2019 at 12:05 pm
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    I was just looking for blue nova battery's in Australia for our boat then watched this ep lol (no luck finding them unfortunately 🙁

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  • July 15, 2019 at 7:35 am
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    Baie goeie werk B-)

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  • July 25, 2019 at 7:56 pm
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    You guys are funny! Enjoying the videos. Hope to see your guys in Fort Lauderdale soon!

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