The Voyage of the Swan
Installing the ICOM AT-140 automatic antenna tuner at the aft end of the quarter berth (not a bunk that will be occupied, obviously).
Finished install of the AT-140 with cable line isolator, ferrite beads and GTO-15. Copper foil ground was added later.
Running the cables (3) from the GPS antenna and AT-140 back to the panel. Notice also the command mike for the VHF to the winch handle box.
The cables run back to the panel (SSB coax, AT-140 control cable and GPS antenna coax)
Wiring and through bolts for one of the stereo speakers. This is behind the hatchway bulkhead above the quarterberth.
The other speaker installed. No, it is not flush mounted. I cannot bring myself to cut large round holes in teak bulkheads.
Filling the newly cut holes in the back of the instrument panel: three breaker sub-panel, VHF, stereo bracket and DC outlets.
All The wiring and gear in the back panel is done. Spaghetti.
The IC-M802 black box in the chart table with room enough left over for the charts. Copper gounding foil: gotta love it.
Finished and everything works. We even had room for the Ipod.
Furuno GPS antenna.
Outfitting: Electronics
I hate running wire. But, that’s what had to be done if there were to be any electronics aboard the Swan. Fortunately, we are minimalists when it comes to things with wires. My first cruise was a three year voyage to the South Pacific in an engineless 26 foot sloop. There was not one electrical wire on the boat: no radios, no electric lights. nothing. We stood by and watched as others repaired their electrical gear. We went snorkeling. Over the years we have made concessions to the improving quality and usefulness of electrical equipment. But, we are aware of the possible downsides and keep it simple.
We installed an Icom IC-802 (Ham and SSB), GPS, stereo, two DC outlets and a sub-panel in the nav station (there was already a VHF). The pictures below show most of the wire runs, but the copper foil is not run to the tuner yet and not shown.
One important diversion from the norm: we connected the GTO-15 high tension RF cable from the tuner directly to one of the backstay chainplate bolts under the deck in the lazarette. This is not exactly ABS, but it eliminates several real problems with attaching it to the backstay itself. With the chainplate method, there are no holes in the deck, no seawater insulation issues at the connection, no dissimilar metal problems with the connector and backstay, no crush problems (connector clamp on 1 x 19 wire) and no stainless oxygen deprivation corrosion concerns caused by taping the connector to prevent seawater intrusion. Also, we saved a couple hundred dollars not needing a second backstay insulator. Finally, this method works. We get excellent signal reports! Of course, we need to stay away from the backstay while transmitting, but on a PSC 34, that’s easy; we never go near it anyway.
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