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PostSubject: Re: Historical Teak   Fri Apr 17, 2015 3:52 am

Well,Well,Well....

Since the slipway dilemma I have been caught inside the Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter where I no longer have a mooring. My other moorings are in other shelters... BUT since the shipyard did not have time to make the aft saloon deck and ribs secure. I am not fully seaworthy and my insurance is void outside the Typhoon Shelter right now... Where to put the vessel without being harassed by the Marine Department... I have ONE running engine, and friends to help move her as we need... That plan works HaHaHaHa

"One day at a time" is the only option right now... but all work, too much Stress, and no play make Alan a DULL Boy... Time to go fishing !



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PostSubject: Re: Historical Teak   Fri Apr 17, 2015 8:27 am

Alan,

Not so bad you have mates in the area that can help you out, mooring wise etc etc. When are you getting the structural timbers sorted? Seems like number one priority.

Cracking days fishing, enjoyed the views also.
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PostSubject: Re: Historical Teak   Sat Apr 18, 2015 12:19 pm

Hello,

Lumber is ordered from the lumber mill. Just waiting to take delivery and begin !!

Keep in mind, they are cutting my order from an aged log they have at the mill just for boats (same as what the shipyards get). This is not pre-cut stock 2x4's of pine Very Happy  

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PostSubject: Re: Historical Teak   Sun Apr 26, 2015 6:26 am

Hello,

It has been a while since I made a video... time for happy thoughts and topics !!!



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PostSubject: Re: Historical Teak   Sun Apr 26, 2015 9:05 am

Progressing nicely alan, pity about the delays with the timber, just need to accept the things you cannot change, plus you have plenty of other work to get on with meantime Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Historical Teak   Thu May 07, 2015 5:30 am

Hello,

I am focused on getting the batteries in a happy place, as well as get the Hydroponics working as I wait for the lumber !



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PostSubject: Re: Historical Teak   Sat May 09, 2015 12:18 pm

Enjoying the project Alan. Progressing nicely. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Historical Teak   Fri May 15, 2015 2:49 pm

Hello

Been building the hydroponic system kit...



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PostSubject: Re: Historical Teak   Thu May 21, 2015 6:04 am

Hello Everyone,

Further developing the Tomato Hydroponic system on the top deck of the Big Foot !!! A bit of fine-tune needed, but it is on it's way to completion ! The rest is up to the Tomato plants !!!!



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PostSubject: Re: Historical Teak   Tue May 26, 2015 9:45 am

Hello,

The weather has been grey and constant rain for over a week now. Can't wait until the other 8 batteries arrive to double my power storage !!!!

I have been staying busy with a million other things to do onboard !!!!



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PostSubject: Re: Historical Teak   Thu May 28, 2015 12:18 pm

Hello,

I believe we can close the chapter of "Building Self-Contained Tomato Hydroponic Systems for 50 foot Chinese made Teak Boats"...

All parts have arrived... now it is all up to the Tomato Plants !!!!

I still need to finish the Lettuce and Herb Hydroponic system... Should not be too long, now that I see what I can build with available parts !!!!



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PostSubject: Re: Historical Teak   Sat Jun 06, 2015 12:48 pm

Hello Everyone,

Never a dull moment in the Aberdeen Hong Kong Marina !!!!



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PostSubject: Re: Historical Teak   Tue Jun 09, 2015 2:17 am

Hello,

The Hydroponic Drip Rail is working with plants in it... This has been a lot of fun, so now the food can grow as I move on to other projects (and I have many) !!!!



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PostSubject: Re: Historical Teak   Tue Jun 09, 2015 9:35 am

Fantastic Alan, well thought out. Look forward to your next vid.
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PostSubject: Re: Historical Teak   Tue Jun 16, 2015 5:54 am

Hello,

Time to start on the electrical wiring !!! The main distribution panel is no longer a thought.... it is now a reality that is coming to life Very Happy



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PostSubject: Re: Historical Teak   Fri Jul 17, 2015 11:34 pm

Hi alan,

Hope all is well at your end. Been missing your vids.

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PostSubject: Re: Historical Teak   Sun Jul 19, 2015 2:50 am

Hello,

Been so focused on the Hydroponics, and trying to enjoy some fresh veg on the boat... finally stopped fussing over it, and let the drip rail system just run... It got worse before it got better, but happy to report the drip rail system in producing nice lettuce, Choi Sum, and Basil. I'm going to make a few changes to the Tomato systems before I get that going again !!!

I have gone back to my focus on the boat restoration !!! Bow is looking sexy ! Will make a video once the polyester urethane paint dries !!!

Here is the video's of the roller coaster ride of hydroponics before I just let it do it's own thing !!!





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PostSubject: Re: Historical Teak   Sun Jul 19, 2015 4:01 am

Hello,

The Bow is looking Sexy !!!!

The first coat on the bow is not dry, but it is such a great day I thought I would make a video before I go spend the afternoon enjoying the wonderful waters of Hong Kong with friends !!!!

Here is a video update of the things keeping me busy on the Big Foot !!



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PostSubject: Re: Historical Teak   Tue Sep 29, 2015 9:06 am

Looks like you have been staying pretty busy. And yes,, I am still alive lol. not doing real good. a few trips to the hospital but I am still kicking. I got the free up grade for windows 10 so I lost all contacts from the up grade. had to go back thru a old computer hard drive to find contact info. anyway, I got logged in. no videos up loaded since the bad health problems, I am just taking things slow. See ya later on SD.
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PostSubject: Re: Historical Teak   Fri Oct 09, 2015 5:33 am

Hello,

Been a while since I updated this thread. It has been a fun summer with ups and downs, as well as incorporating new kit to make living without the electric company... here are a few videos of what has been going on...





We had a few cocktails one weekend, and wanted to have fun showing our opinion on the stupidity of one of the fake 'DO IT YOURSELF' off grid e-beggars...



We had a typhoon that gave us 5 days of crap weather, and we monitored our power wisely so there was no need to use the petrol generator to top up our batteries.. a battery monitor is worth its weight in gold.



Have a great weekend...

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PostSubject: Re: Historical Teak   Thu Oct 22, 2015 5:47 am

Hello,

The main AC and DC panel is slowly coming together.



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PostSubject: Re: Historical Teak   Sat Nov 21, 2015 7:16 am

Looks like your getting a lot of work done. You always get the good stuff lol. Buddy, there for a bit, I did not think I was going to be around any more. for a while I just sat at the computer trying to hang on, and having a hell of a time with medical treatments. anyway, I can almost breath normal, there for a bit, was like trying to breath thru a really longgggg straw. Winter time is here now. and that means a hell of a lot of rain. makes it easy to keep the solar panels clean lol. I still have 1040amp hour 24 volt battery bank. I did switch out your disconnect to experiment with the solar panels just so I know how by putting them in pairs of 2, so I have 3 sets of two. going to run that for a year, and see how it may differ from the other set up. I still have all the wires up there to run back thru if it does not work. just fun to try new stuff. anyway, going to look over any new postings since I have been gone so long, catch ya later on SD!
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PostSubject: Re: Historical Teak   Sun Nov 29, 2015 5:19 am

Hey SD,

Good to have you back. I totally understand the health thing. I had a heat stroke this summer while working in the engine room. My health is taking forever to bounce back.

It is always a a good thing to find the best way to get the most of the power you can make. We are all about experiments LOL

I'm wiring up the boat now that the weather is cooler. I have been mostly on the port side, so now to move on to the starboard side... but this brings me to the plumbing and LPG pipes for a shower as well. Here is a new video about that and my tankless water heater that I have made for my needs.



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PostSubject: Re: Historical Teak   Tue Dec 01, 2015 7:46 am

Hello,

Time to start energising circuits on the new panel...



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PostSubject: Re: Historical Teak   Thu Dec 17, 2015 6:37 pm

Pretty good job on the set up. I have to get a few new things here to change out a few parts on my set up. ill need to find two brake switches for the wind turbines and some bridge rectifiers over 100 amps. I filed a complaint with BBB in Missouri stating I was mislead by the owner saying everything was built in the united states. more then likely I will be sending anything purchased from them back which was a lot of stuff. right now I am only using 3 rectifiers , one charge controller and two brake switches. the dump load on one of them has been sticking on so I shut that controller off and have the brake switch turned on that wind turbine. lots of problems with his equipment.
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