17 May 2013

Six Month Refit Nearing End

In late November Zonder Zorg had been hauled from the water in Harlingen to be completely gutted to little more than bare hull in preparation for a complete refit. It is now approaching six months since she was hauled, and her makeover is nearing completion.

A few more batches of photos have arrived in the ten days since I last posted. These show that work continues with the technical installations.

The installation of Fischer-Panda 6kW DC generator appears now to be complete. It is located at the after end of the engine room, centred above the propeller shaft, and thus will be easily accessible through the aft engine room hatch.

To starboard of the generator we see the main engine exhaust muffler ready for the engine when it is installed.

Just forward of the muffler we see the propeller shaft's stern gland greaser has been installed. Its location appears to make it very convenient to give the crank a half turn after each day's run. From what I can figure, the red plastic caps on the pipe ends are protecting the in and out connections to the generator and main engine waste heat hot water system.

Continuing counterclockwise, forward and along the starboard side of the space we see that the Victron Phoenix inverter/charger that had been fitted earlier in the month has now been replaced by a more substantial Victron MultiPlus 24/5000/120. This 5 kilowatt pure sine wave inverter/charger provides many automatic functions, including up to 120 amps of charging to the 24 volt bank of house batteries, which can be seen connected beneath the unit. To the left of this, mounted on the forward bulkhead of the compartment we see the raw water strainer, which appears to be for the generator.

Toward the port side of the forward bulkhead we see what appears to be the raw water strainer for the main engine. Next to it, and also likely for the main engine, we see that a linked pair of Racor diesel fuel filters has been installed. In the centre of the photo, against the port side of the compartment, we see one of the two interconnected diesel fuel tanks. To monitor the fuel level is a sight tube, and there will also be an electronic fuel gauge fitted.

Completing the circular tour of the engine room, we see the Maritime Booster diesel-fired heating and hot water system. It appears that the only installations left in the engine room are the main engine and its transmission. The technical installations appear to be coming together nicely; we are eager to try-out all the new systems.

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