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Below are old notes/thoughts on equipment and my wish/wants list.



Right now we have 22mm HS Sprenger stainless track.


We finally have a life-raft, a Seago 4-person offshore in a canister.


With pretty much any of these heaters the big concern on our boat is mounting space, either on the bulkhead or near the galley. If on the bulk head then the flue length becomes a concern. A possible fix is to have a removable external flue section with a fitted deck-level cap for when the stove is not in use. If mounted in/near the galley/entry, the flue length becomes less of a concern, but through-deck placement and available cabin space then becomes a problem.

Update to the heating issue- Hellers here in CPH had this unit sitting on a shelf for years, and I finally asked them about it. It is a paraffin model that uses only 1“ pulpit/stanchion pipe for flue, but it was missing the tank and deck fitting. I got it for a song, less than 1/3rd of the original price. Also nice is that the older models have a bronze cook-top plate instead of steel. It's quite lovely. The deck fitting is still made by Sig/Dickenson Marine, and is en-route. I plan on modifying a camp stove I purchased at a junk shop, we may just have heating yet…

Heating installed summer 2015!

Charcoal/Solid-Fuel The Pansy - website gone, but they're still in business apparently
Force 10 - can only find used Tiny Tot cast iron solid fuel stove “Tiny Tot Wood/Coal Stove Just 11 inches tall and 6 inches in diameter, this little stove will easily heat 170 sqft cabin with bone warming wood or coal heat. It needs a tricky 3 inch stovepipe, but I'm sure I can find something locally.” Good install of a Little Cod via
Maybe we could have a single burner paraffin cooker next to one of these: & Davey Hot Pot





Changed to an old Optimus 155 paraffin cooker. Spares/repair parts are here:

Changed again to a Primus 535 enameled cooker because it actually fits. I even got it properly installed on gimbals with a pot holder:


Awesome slow-mo video of gimbals in action


Things I'd like to have are:

A battery monitor

Wind & Depth Sensor

I bought the Garmin GMI10/GWS10/DST800 NMEA 2000 bundle. Wind/temp/barometer/depth/water temp are done.

NMEA 2000 Bus

NMEA 2000 is based on the CAN bus spec, at 250khz transmission rate. Sparkfun has CAN bus Arduino shields, which I've ordered and will attempt to reverse engineer the NMEA 2000 messages with. The bus contains two wires for power, and two for serial data. It's terminated with 120 ohm resistors, so it should look like 60 ohms to a meter. More info:

CAN info from the CiA
J1939 message format notes from the CiA

Stealing Power from NMEA 2000

I have a couple of NMEA 2000 instruments now, but my plotter is older and not NMEA 2000 capable. That makes cabling the old stuff still a little painful- however, not if one powers known to be low-powered devices off the NMEA 2000 bus by using a field-installable male connector with only power connections wired. I tested with my 3005c plotter, old NMEA 0183 17HVS antenna, and don't see any issue with this arrangement. If there's an issue with the device, like there could be with a 2000 device, you can always disconnect it to isolate it from the bus.

Normal NMEA 2000 connectors: can't remember the part number Smaller NMEA 2000 connectors:


Bronze equipment from Spartan in the U.S. They have a bronze chain-cover, bronze bow-roller, and an awesome “mid-rail” chock that has a cleat in the center (just realized we can't do the mid-rail chock because the genoa car track is over the center of the rail):

Bronze cast parts from Port Townsend Foundry:

There's also casting one from scratch:

Other bronze hardware:



iw31/iw31/old-equipment.txt · Last modified: 2016/06/17 13:29 by ben