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2015 Upgrades on our 2004 305 "New Hope" 04 Oct 2015 04:47 #1

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We completed several upgrades this year.

Replace Aquatronics stereo and associated remote. I installed a Fusion 650 stereo and two NMEA 2000 remotes in the cockpit.
> The Fusion 650 is in the main cabin.
> One remote is at the helm.
> One remote is in front of the port side passenger seat. The Admirals seat.
> Adding the Fusion system created the need for a NMEA 2000 backbone on board.

I installed a small port side panel including:
> A dual USB charge port with sealed covers.
> A switch to control a new port side LED path light.
>> The light can actually be controlled from the Port side, switched to be OFF or given over to the helm for control. I did this because the associated LED path light is higher than most of the lights and was unsure if it might effect my night vision. So I wanted control options.

Replaced Uniden 625C VHF radio with Icom 506 VHF Radio.
> The Icom 506 can replay the last two minutes of received messages.
> The Icom is connected to a separate helm speaker. I was careful to be sure the speakers were in phase to prevent cancellation.

Added Standard Horizon stand alone Loud Hailer.

Replaced the Starboard side helm armrest with an equipment console made with grey Starboard. The console includes:
> Standard Horizon Loud Hailer
> Fusion Stereo NMEA 2000 remote.
> Storage for my binoculars.
> Cupholders (2)

I also added a Starboard side holder for a clip board and various aids I keep at the helm.

Replaced original grey ignition switch panel with blue ignition switch panel matching all other panels. This includes:
> Ignition switches (2)
> Ignition Interlocks with safety lanyards (2)
> Hour meters for both engines.
> Interlock over-ride switch with safety cover.
> Switches to control the ACRs in the DC power system, The ACRs allow charging of the House Bank and also rerouting of power to bypass a dead battery.
> Accusync - Engine synch On/Off
> LEDs to indicate battery switch status, ACR Status and Engine Sync Status.
> Dimmer control of all helm label backlighting.

I replaced the helm breaker panel with a larger panel of 42 breakers and of heavier construction.
> All of the breakers have replaceable labels.
> The original Bayliner helm breaker panel was 22 breakers.
> I had later upgraded to a 39 breaker panel this new panel is 42 breakers.

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New Hope a 2004 Bayliner 305 Sunbridge Express Cruiser
Twin 5.7s with Bravo2 drives
Brighton, Michigan USA
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2015 Upgrades on our 2004 305 "New Hope" 04 Oct 2015 09:19 #2

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Outstanding work Jim, thanks for posting. :cheer:

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In memory of Shadow, the best boat dog ever. Rest in peace, girl. July 2, 2010

2015 Upgrades on our 2004 305 "New Hope" 04 Oct 2015 18:17 #3

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Jeff
Thank you for your praise.

I enjoy doing the projects and personalizing the boat.
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2015 Upgrades on our 2004 305 "New Hope" 14 Apr 2016 03:43 #4

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Jim

Your work has always been top notch. Wish I had more time. I'll get there.

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Thank You for the kind words.

Time and money. They are always at odds.

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Here is info regarding another project / repair completed end of season 2015.

• The hinges of the large engine hatch were bending and causing the hatch to scrape when opening. This is the second instance of this problem.
o After some evaluation I realized that the gas springs used to hold the hatch up when open were causing constant tension bending the hatch hinges while the hatch was closed. The force from the gas springs was worsening the scraping when the hatch was opened.
o To relieve the constant tension / bending force on the hinges I reoriented the gas springs. The springs were upright when the hatch was open. The springs are now at a 30 degree angle to the hatch when the hatch is open. The gas springs now push the hatch aft when closed removing the bending force from the hinges. This also corrected the scraping of the hatch when opening. Price $0
 The new gas spring orientation increased the effort required to initially open the hatch, the first few inches are stiff..
• A larger more comfortable hatch pull will be purchased. $15.

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So you mounted the base of the springs closer to the hinges? Maybe a photo when you get a chance. I have a similar problem on my 2858.

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In memory of Shadow, the best boat dog ever. Rest in peace, girl. July 2, 2010

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I reversed the set up.
Originally
The gas springs attached near the pivot point on the hull and toward the pull on the hatch. When open the gas springs were upright.

Now
The gas springs attached toward the mid point on the hatch and toward the pull on the hull. Now when open the gas springs are at a 45 degree angle.

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