|...All electronics removed and for sale...|
|Old White B&G Depth transducer 1.75"|
New Triton2 is 2"
|B&G Network Speed, Wind, Depth working well|
This ripping out was really difficult in nature because all our B and G electronics were in working order. Nothing was broken. I took photos because I plan to eBay this gear as it is in high demand for repairing old installed B&G networks. This network gear was installed in 1994 and it has never failed. We replaced the wind anemometer and the speed sensor but other than that, it simply works great. So why are we replacing it all? We wanted the new digital 4G radar so we can see better at night. This first purchase of 4G Radar and a Zeus2 9" screen then kicked off the issue of trying to drive 1994 electronics with 2016 electronics. We decided to not do that. So, we committed fully to replacing the entire system. Then, at the Annapolis Boat show, Navico released the Triton2 B&G gear and we chose that over the Triton1 gear. Once we replaced Wind, Speed and Depth, we needed to replace the 2001 Autopilot brain, which then needed a new autopilot compass, which then needed a new rudder reference, which then is best driven with a new GPS. WHAT????? YUP, it just kept adding up until we needed to remove ALL our old analog gear because we went all digital. This lead to also needing a new NMEA 2000 backbone network to plug it all into. So, we are pulling out all our Rob-installed 2001 wire and gear and installing everything new. We are very excited!
|Our RL70C Chartplotter and Autopilot Head|
Here are some photos, we are back to blogging and sharing...
|Look at Radeen's smile. Even with the boat a wreck, she LOVES THIS LIFE!|
|The best tool on our boat, a 30" standard crow bar used to lever out the old thru hull fitting.|
|We are living with all our stuff in the car, how crazy!|
|THE GOAL....the Caribbean Sea in Spring 2017|
|B&G Network Data repeater at the nav desk, removed.|
|Raymarine RL70C Color Chartplotter, removed.|
|Our chartplotter also displayed our 48 mile radar.|
|Drilling an existing 1.75" hole to become a 2" hole|
|Nest the hole saws together and thread them on.|
|This worked great!|
|Drilling took about 1 minute, easy!|
|YUP, that is a 2" hole in the boat under the floor. It would sink the boat very quickly!|
|Radeen took this shot as we installed the new thru hull fitting.|
|Thru hull installed. Next, epoxy paint and then bottom paint.|
|Our log from last year....2,354 nautical miles.|
|Our Ship's log, 32,074 nautical miles|
|The NavPod taken apart, Radar, Chartplotter and Pilot head|
|All these wires needed to be pulled out.|
|The bottom of the helm, excellent work by Rob, now removed :-(|
|Rudder Reference under cockpit floor beneath the helm to be removed, new digital one going in.|
|B&G ACP1 Autopilot Computer. This is the brains of the system, works great, now removed.|
|This is what has driven our boat for the last 15 years.|
|Cut it out, remove it?...OUCH, that hurt for sure.|
|There it is, the helm is stripped.|
|NavPod is empty. Next, install a slightly larger Navpod and B&G Zeus2.|
Thank you for following along with this exciting new adventure. We hope to have all this installation work completed in 2 weeks, but who knows. We will see how it goes. We are doing most of the install work ourselves: that way we will know the system very well.