Winter project.......... Time to dial it in

Farallon2300

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After buying bits and pieces over the past 4 months (stashing them away from wifey) I am ready to dive into what will most likely be a lengthy winter project. I've got electronics, radios, lights, batteries, charger etc etc etc to install. My new-to-me 2004 Farallon 2300 came well equipped but.... equipped with 10yr old electronics.... All Furuno gear but the chart was sooooo slow, the screen was too small and you could not overlay radar. There have been advancements in marine electronics since 2004 so.... I put together a suite of more current Furuno gear which this thread will cover with installation and progress.... as well as all the goodies.

I removed:

Furuno RDP-143 7" Chart / Radar MFD
Furuno RSB-0071 4kW 24" 36m Radome
Furuno GP-320B GPS antenna
Furuno FCV-582L Fish finder
Airmar B256 Transducer
Icom IC-M402 VHF
Shakespere 8' basic antenna

What I am installing:

Furuno MFD12 NavNet3D 12" Display
Furuno GP-1870 7" Stand-alone chart / Display
Furuno DRS4D 4kW 24" 36m Radome
Furuno DFFI-UHD CHIRP Black Box
Airmar B265LH Thru-Hull CHIRP Transducer
Furuno GP-330B GPS/WAAS antenna
Furuno PG-700 Heading Sensor
Furuno RD-33 4.3" Remote display
Standard Horizon GX2200 DSC/GPS/AIS VHF with RAM3 Remote handset + external hailer.
Standard Horizon GX1600 DSC VHF
2x Shakespere 8900 8' 6db VHF antenna
Icom IC-M92D portable DSC/GPS VHF with charging cradle mount
ScanStrut stainless radome mount
ScanStrut stainless gantry rack
2x Northstar group 31 AGM batteries
Marinco 10A charger
Kisae 1000W True sine wave inverter
4x Dr.LED spreader and deck lights
Bronze ground plate
New fuse panel
Misc. breakers and switches



The first thing to do on the list is strip out the carpet headliner on the house ceiling, It looks perfect but if you touch it, it rains down this snowy crap.... The fibers break off into tiny dust like particles, getting everywhere. I have decided to use Nautolex marine vinyl flooring to recover it, It's tough as nails, mold resistant and you can scrub it if needed. I have already covered the upper side pieces, 3M contact cement and a wood roller.

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These pieces go along the roof line like this.......

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Here's she sits with only a compass.....

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Here's what she'll look like with the new MFD's and Icom vhf......

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Next up is to get rid of the carpet..... It's going to be a messy job.


I'll post pictures as I go along, Feel free to chime in.

Cheers!
 
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rmn6

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I have an '97 2200. Will be following this with interest. Yours look very clean.
 
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Bob,

Looks good, I can't wait to follow this thread as well. I have the same model just an 2003 with 5.0 gas. I'm in the process of stashing cash for my electronic upgrade as well. This year I added a new Yamaha kicker so that took those funds. I currently have a 7" Furuno and a 5" Garmin in mine. Not sure if I'll replace both at same time or just the Furuno and use the Garmin as a back up. Will be watching closely. Where are you located? I know the boat you bought and know of the guy you got it from. Enjoy, I've owned mine since 05, and love it.

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Farallon2300

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Spent a portion of today getting dirty. Pulled the instrument panel from the overhead, made a absolute mess but..... Got all the old carpet headliner pulled out. Eye protection, dust mask and crappy old clothes.... I'd rather have been rolling pink R30 in an attic than dealing with this stuff.

The powdery crap....


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End result........

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Replaced the old "pry up" access hatch with a screw down type....

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It covers the fuel tank sender unit and fuel shut off valve.
 
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finishright

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very clean wear a mask stripping that crap looks like your done thou it can be harmful I know the hardway good luck on the finished product a great fishing platform
 
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Farallon2300

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Pulled all the hardware and fasteners out, Pulled the rocket launcher. Started prepping the surface.... Not much to do other than tape, mask and cover everything before I roll a new coat of contact cement. I'll coat the backside of the new vinyl, let it dry and then start from the centerline and work outwards. The old glue is the same stuff I am using, it bonds to itself very well as I did a test patch to see if I would have to try to remove it, The original stuff is sprayed pretty thin anyways.

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Pulled the stereo out while I was at it and........ I noticed some dodgy looking tape job on the speaker wires

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Pulled the tape off to find a lovely solderless / crimpless connection............ WTF
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All the speaker wires were like this but oddly, the power wires were crimped. After being through every inch of this boat this was the only questionable thing I have found.

I ordered a new 6" aft leaning stainless steel ScanStrut radome mount with the gantry rack option........

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Over the next few days I'll be cutting out some 316 stainless backing plates for the antenna mounts, cab rail mounts, radome mount and rocket launcher mounts.
 
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BiggestT

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No offense, but I wish my pending "winter" boat projects were so fun. I'm facing fuel tank replacement and possibly full deck replacement. By comparison, your projects are fun.
 
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I just replaced a 2004 navnet system with a navnet 3d and a 587 sounder. You will love the improvement.
 
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Bob,

Thanks for the info on the carpet removal. My parker has some real thick mastic. Removal is going to be a real pain. Never thought that the new glue potentially would stick to the old. Did the same electronics upgrade last year as Bob. Your going to love the speed and clarity of those units

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Farallon2300

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Zman,
If the glue old is the yellowish standard 3M / DAP type contact cement which is MEK / Toluene based, If you apply a fresh coat of the same type on top of it the old glue will soften up as the new glue acts a reagent and it will bond solid to itself. I pulled my carpet out and my pre-glue prep was only making sure there was no bumps or chunks of fuzzy crap. The runner strips that I have already covered were done the same way, did not bother trying remove the old glue and it came out perfect... It's not going to peel, bubble or lift at the edges. When it warms up enough here I am going to apply the Nautolex to the roof and get crack'n on installing everything.

On a different note.....

My buddy just scored a 1999 Boston Whaler 27' Challenger pilot house project boat.....


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It was on Craigslist.. He got a smoking deal on it. No power or transom bracket. Retired Utah State Parks boat, it's never been in the salt. It's going to the glass guy first for some small bits here and there. Custom Armstrong bracket or something along those lines....
 
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I saw that BW on craigslist and man it looked like a solid foundation. Cheap too! Hang a new 4 stroke on the back, add some electronics and a few other things and done.
 
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Farallon2300

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Well, Tuesday was a perfect warm day to dive in and get the vinyl done..... 6.5 hours and 5 beers later.

Wifey helped bring the vinyl in and line it up on the centerline...
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Worked from front to back.... I used a 5" wide rubber roller and a dry towel to press, rub and massage it into place.

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Tools used....

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The Nautolex vinyl comes 72" wide and as long as you specify... The rear of the house is 76" wide so... My only 2 seams ended up
being located in the left and right rear corners..... where there happens to be the most curves and bends.

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End result........ You'd never know there is a seam.


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Here she is with the side runners in place.....
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No bubbles at all.... It looks like it was sprayed on, Super tough shit that will be worry free for many many years. Now it's time to cut out the 316 stainless backing plates for the roof rail mounts, rocket launcher mounts and radome tower mount..... then the toys go in!:lux:
 
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Thanks for the post Bob, will be doing the same to my Blackman soon, sure gives it a nice finished look
 
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Farallon2300

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Pulled this tank 180 miles for my buddy the other day.......

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It's on the hard now... Glass work, Bottom paint and order a bracket. I am going to list that trailer on the classified and craigslist in a few days..... triple axle aluminum with surge brakes.. Freshwater only!
 
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Farallon2300

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Had some time to make the 316L stainless backing plates. I used a Whitney hand punch with a 1/4" die.... Sure beats the hell out of trying to drill it!!
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Farallon2300

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Work slowed a little as I pinched a nerve in my elbow which in turn gave me a pretty useless left arm off and on these past few weeks... Imagine the feeling of smacking your funny bone but it does not go away. Don't know what happened, Just woke up one morning and it was F'd. I got some small stuff done as I've been taking it easy, Here's what's new...


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Installed the Dr. LED Kevin 20 Watt LED deck light.


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Finished up the backing plates and re-attached the rear canvas hanging rails...

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Removed the LARGE Farallon decals from both sides of the cabin..........

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Modified my forward bilge access cover. It's a sealed area about 2" x 2"... The only way water would get in here is if you punched a hole in that small area only.

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Added a pair of Lumitec dome lights under the front edge of the upper dash panel.... White or Blue with dimming.

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Made a nice 2" hole to install the Fusion stereo remote.. Now I can control it all without getting up OR taking my hand off the wheel.....

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Sealed up with a little smear of 5200....

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Right at a fingers reach...

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Installed a Lumitec LED dome light to replace the old one as well.... Touch control, White / Red with dimming....

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And what she looks like at night.....

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Up next is the mounting of the radar strut and gantry and the installation of the new Fusion stereo head unit.
 
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