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We made a Video!

I couldn’t be more thrilled with the GoPro Hero 3 Jer bought me for my birthday!  It’s so easy to use and so is iMovie (where I edit and produce the final product from a day’s worth of raw video footage). We haven’t really had a good opportunity to use it until this past weekend when we brought Jereme’s parents out on the boat for a day sail off the coast of Naples.

The weather started off a little funky leaving the dock, but it ended up being a fabulous day! Great sailing, a few sailboat jumps, and a pack of dolphin that swam next to us for a good 20 minutes! What more could you ask for? LA-HO!

From Laho Wind on Vimeo.

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Chris JamesAugust 20, 2013 - 3:27 am

My favorite things about this video
1) Jereme shirtless
2) music choice
3) dolphins

JeremeAugust 20, 2013 - 11:47 am

Chris. Those are my favorite things as well and in that same order.

Installing New Water Line!

This is one of those posts where I (Kim) literally didn’t even know that this project had happened, let alone have enough technical know-how or understanding of the project to write an entire blog post about it.

…But Jereme was kind enough to fill in the pertinent details so we could document another “checked-off” item on our good ole “never-ending” boat project list.

When Jereme was working on the water tank replacement and had removed the water tank, he noticed that the old copper pipe was broken. He also heard a hissing noise when the pump was turned on.

The previous owner or original boat builder had run copper pipe to the head, turning the pipe at a 90-degree angle WITHOUT using a 90-degree fitting!!! So, of course, right where it made the turn is where we had a leak. We have no idea how long this area has been leaking. Awesome.:(

Jereme replaced the old 1/4-inch copper (hot and cold) water pipe that runs from the supply pump/hot water tank, under the cockpit in the engine compartment, about 20 feet forward to the head. This pipe supplies the head with hot and cold water for the shower and sink.

Instead of using copper pipe, Jereme used 1/4-inch PEX (a strong polyethylene pipe).

This product isn’t readily available at our local Home Depot or Lowe’s, so he special ordered a 50-foot roll.  He used basic compression fittings to attach the PEX to the sink and to the hot water tank and supply lines.  He removed the old copper pipe and ran the new PEX pipe in its place.

Since the PEX was gray in color, he made sure to mark the hot line with red permanent marker every foot or so, so that we would know which line was which if we ever need to fix it in the future (smart boy!).

Jereme has one more fitting to attach and this project is complete.  No more leaking water pipes!!!

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A big thank you to s/v Zanzibar!

…For snapping this photo of us sailing off the coast of Naples on Sunday with Jereme’s parents! This is the first photo of s/v Laho in action. Love it!  :)

Image courtesy s/v Zanzibar

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Count em! 18 New LED Cabin Lights

This project was relatively cheap and easy.  Yay and yay!

We have 16 cabin lights on the boat.  Each light has 2 small 12-watt bulbs. Instead of replacing 16 fixtures with LED fixtures which probably would have cost over $600, Jereme had one hell of a lightbulb moment (man, I’m just full of awesome puns lately!) and simply swapped out all of the BULBS with LED bulbs at a much lower price of $140!   This includes 2 sets of backup bulbs.

The power draw on these new bulbs is 1-point-something-watts, basically about 90% LESS power draw.

We can run all 16 lights on our boat for the same electricity or power as it would have taken to run 2 of the original lights.  The new LED light is a bit whiter in color than our old soft yellowy-white lights, but I’m sure we will get used to it.

Oh, and the new lights also last for 60,000 hours! SIXTY THOUSAND! That’s roughly 59,900 MORE hours than the old light bulbs!  No big deal. 😉

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JorgeNovember 8, 2014 - 12:03 am

I am impressed with this easy project. Would you mind sending me brand and model of bulbs.
My boats name is Watermusic Endeavour 37 B 1977

Let there be light! In the Cockpit.

Woot woot! We have light people. No more cockpit darkness at night!

Our boat came equipped with were zero lights in the cockpit. At night you can’t see anything.  Not really the brightest (pun intended), if you ask me. 😉

So, one of the items on our never-ending boat project list was to install some form of LED under-lighting to solve this problem.

We originally thought we would need to install two LED lights in the shelf units of the cockpit.  However, we quickly realized that would require too much wiring in “hard-to-reach” places. So, we opted to mount one Lumitec LED Rail2 Light (cost $60) directly beneath the traveler in the forward most part of the cockpit. This perfect spot for the light install is only about 12 inches away from our main electrical panel. This was also a cost-savings win-win since we would only need one light, AND way less wiring (12 inches of wiring vs. 12 feet for the original plan).

Now this is where the fun always starts. The install.

Once the new LED light finally arrived, Jereme drilled three holes in the area — two for the screws that would hold the light in place, and one for the wire. The LED light came with roughly 6 inches of wire, clearly not enough to reach the electrical panel. So, Jereme extended it and added 6 inches of wire.

Jereme consulted with our good friend Chris, and used his electrical know-how and great (FREE!) advice on how to properly wire the new light to what appeared at first glance to be a very confusing electrical panel. The previous owner had surprisingly neatly labeled, numbered. and organized the panel, making finding the right slot pretty simple.  The harder part was really figuring out how the whole electrical system/layout worked.

Luckily, we recently removed the shower bilge sump pump alltogether, which freed up a switch on our already-full panel.  Jereme wired the new LED light to that free switch. All we had to do then is relabel the switch from “shower bilge” to “cockpit light.”

The neat thing about the new light we chose is that it has two colors, red and white…AND a dimmer capability!  (The red light looks pretty snazzy if I do say so myself!)  All of those features are wired off of the two wires and one switch. Normally, you would need a few switches and a couple dimmers. But on ours you can toggle between colors and level of brightness, all by switching on and off ONE switch.

Project complete.:)

Our never-ending boat project list lit up in all its glory by our new fancy LED cockpit light!


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