Ongoing Electronics Project

Our Trawler had major upgrades in 2005. At that time she received state of the art electronics. But today, those electronics are dated. With the removal of the fly bridge when she came up from Tennessee, the wiring was in quite a state.  I have slowly been removing old electronics and making way for the core NMEA 2000 based system. My first component is a garmin 7607xsv. 

In addition, I will use the two Raymarine radios that seem to be ok.  In Addition, I got the ST50 depth sounder to work.  


Engine Room Lighting

After struggling with flashlights in a very cold engine room for two months, I’ve upgraded some of the engine room lighting.

When I got the boat, there was a fore and aft light in the engine room.  The aft was broken, but the forward working briefly.  These were original (I think) and I decided to move up to LED lights.  I wired two new LED to port and starboard on the forward side of the engine.  During wiring, I found the wiring was tied to the “horn” circuit and not the engine room light.  This is just the beginning of a wiring adventure based on the number of “upgrades” done by the previous owners.

I will be fixing the aft light with parts from the removed forward light at a future date.

Here are some before and after shots of the engine room.

Some Basic Information

Ford Lehman 120HP Diesel Inboard
Direct Drive Engine (6,025 Hrs),
(2.5 to 3 gallons/hour Fuel Efficiency!)
7.5 Kw Onan Diesel Generator (778 Hrs),
2 Staterooms w/Ensuite Heads,
plus convertible Dinette (sleeps 6),
Dual Helm, Flybridge Canvas Enclosure,
Vetus Bow Thruster, 2500Watt Inverter,
Raytheon GPS, Chartplotter, Autopilot, Radar, & VHF Radios, Electric Windlass,
Marine Heat/Air (17,000 BTU),
Gas Oven/Range, 12v/110v Refrigerator,
Fuel Tanks Replaced, Decks & Cabin Top replaced & re-fiberglassed,
& Entire Boat Painted (2004-2005),
34’ LOA, 11’9” Beam, Draft 3’6”,

List of Repairs

Now the fun of making and prioritizing the fix-it and upgrade-it list. Some of key items:

Bridge Repairs

  1. Wind screen, needs new lexan or plexi
  2. Railing needs fix or replace
  3. Teak hand rails, need repair
  4. Canvas, reinstalled if I can find or replace
  5. Bimini. I think we have canvas, needs frame.

Cabin Trunk

  1. Railings need repair/replace
  2. Mast needs repair and boom replaced


  1. Bow rail fix/replace
  2. Fiberglass fix right below flybridge
  3. Center window glass replace


  • Still need to sort out what is worth keeping.
  • Most likely radios stay and I start building new system around current Multi function chart plotter.

Hmmm. Typing it makes list look too long.

Liberty – A 1978 Marine Trader 34 Double Cabin

Surprise!! We have a new trawler.  It was a bit of a surprise to use as well.  I was actually looking a small trailer-able boat just to get us back on the water when hopefully “luck” happened.  I mentioned to the seller (owner of a marina and campground) that we ultimately wanted a trawler.  He maid the mistake of mentioning he got one early in the year and he was doing some repairs.

We got to talking and I asked if was for sale.  He said not really, but would consider.

Well, several phone calls and visits, we know have the deposit on our trawler.

There is more to the story, but for now, he she was before the “incident”.  More to come.