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Installing a Wallas heater

Grace came with a 15,000 BTU air conditioner that could also heat, but was extremely inefficient, loud, and required AC power. It also did not draw air in from outside, if left on overnight, you could wake up feeling like a prune. I had always been interested in the Wallas line of diesel heaters after […]

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Aft cabin re-model: Making patterns

We’re making progress on that aft cabin.  I spent a great deal of time making a template out of heavy cardboard and playing with all the different combinations that would make the sleeping space larger without using up too much floor space. We finally settled on expanding the port side and the middle, and leaving […]

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Wrangling distant WiFi signals

Several years ago I wrote about creating a WiFi extender for our previous boat, the MV LAIKA. For that project, which you can review here, I utilized a Ubiquiti Bullet high-powered WiFi radio to bring distant marina WiFi signals into our boat where they were re-broadcast through a private network. Things worked fairly well back then. […]

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Installing a wood burning stove

With the deck iron in place, it is time to work out the details of setting the stove in place and fitting the flue pipes. The enclosure from the original kerosene heater is lined in asbestos and requires some modification to make it more effective. Basically, the floor of the enclosure needed to be raised […]

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