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Post by Prof Pat Pending on Sat Apr 25, 2015 9:08 pm

That radio has finally gone cheers and the damage left behind wasn't as bad as I'd feared Very Happy

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The new bluetooth amp (see the audio system thread) is tucked away in the electronics cabinet out of sight.

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Now to figure out what I'm going to do with the holes......Thinking about a small LED fitting to fill the 16mm hole that will illuminate the deck


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Re: Freeman 23 - Anne

Post by Prof Pat Pending on Sun Apr 26, 2015 11:31 am

Prof Pat Pending wrote:Unfortuntely the day job means I rarely get the time for winter work, so the spring refresh started today.

I'd forgotten how long this varnishing marlarky takes...a week later and I'm still adding coats at a rate of one a day What a Face


Ordered a pair of LED lamps last night to fill the hole mentioned above, I'll add one to start with and see how it looks before I consider drilling a hole for the second one. These wil be wired in to the panel light switch. I can't decide what to do with the panel light. I'm considering taking it out and adding a rev counter to that hole in the dash. I've also considered wiring it up to the SMS system I have so I can switch it on via text if we're walking back to the boat along a dark towpath.


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Re: Freeman 23 - Anne

Post by driftwood on Sun Apr 26, 2015 12:10 pm

Hi Pat,
The small screw holes may fill with a wax stick Libron do a large range and the mahogany ones I have used to fill similar holes on our freeman.....worth a try Question
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Re: Freeman 23 - Anne

Post by F23 flittermouse on Sun Apr 26, 2015 12:24 pm

Prof Pat Pending wrote:
 I can't decide what to do with the panel light.
 I've also considered wiring it up to the SMS system I have so I can switch it on via text if we're walking back to the boat along a dark towpath.
Buy a torch Pat.....simpler  lol!

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Post by Prof Pat Pending on Sun Apr 26, 2015 12:53 pm

Got one on my phone Wink

The last time we stayed out overnight it was getting late the year so the nights were drawing in early. We went for a meal in a pub, had a couple of drinks after. On the way back we couldn't see the boat at all as she was moored in an area with zero light polution. As it's only 3 wires it seems like a simple enough solution Smile
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Post by Prof Pat Pending on Sun Apr 26, 2015 12:57 pm

driftwood wrote:Hi Pat,
The small screw holes may fill with a wax stick Libron do a large range and the mahogany ones I have used to fill similar holes on our freeman.....worth a try Question

I used a mahogany coloured wood filler last time, most of it went off in the tube and I wasn't particularly happy with the result....Cheers, I'll give that a go Smile
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Post by Prof Pat Pending on Sun Apr 26, 2015 6:00 pm

Since the earlier photos were taken, Anne has had a new set of cockpit seats.

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The Helm and Nav seats were done last season...I'm sort of regretting not going for original seats now, but they were all I could get past the Chancellor of the exchequer (AKA Mrs Pending) at the time. 
The bench seat was done today cheers and is a Sheridan item

Next on the list, new carpet in the cabin
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Re: Freeman 23 - Anne

Post by driftwood on Sun Apr 26, 2015 7:35 pm

Prof Pat Pending wrote:Got one on my phone Wink

The last time we stayed out overnight it was getting late the year so the nights were drawing in early. We went for a meal in a pub, had a couple of drinks after. On the way back we couldn't see the boat at all as she was moored in an area with zero light polution. As it's only 3 wires it seems like a simple enough solution Smile

And its a worth it.....I stuck a strip of led light under the cockpit seat lip , it has its own remote so if you come back to the boat late there's no scrambling around in the dark .And you can see the fridge to get the ice for the G&T Very Happy .
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Post by Prof Pat Pending on Sun Apr 26, 2015 7:38 pm

I like the way you think, no messing about, straight into the important stuff Twisted Evil
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Post by Prof Pat Pending on Tue Apr 28, 2015 7:27 pm

LED's arrived today

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Not bad for £4.50
The housings are ally so no rust issues, the LED's are quite bright when you look straight at them, but should be fine as they will be pointing down.
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Re: Freeman 23 - Anne

Post by driftwood on Tue Apr 28, 2015 8:17 pm

Argh.....GIN spotlights!!!!  Laughing
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Post by Prof Pat Pending on Tue Apr 28, 2015 8:19 pm

Hmmm might get a few more for the drinks cabinet and the fridge Wink
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Re: Freeman 23 - Anne

Post by Prof Pat Pending on Sun May 03, 2015 11:51 am

The LED lamps do a great job of illuminating the deck, but they're a bit strong on the eyes when you're sitting on the bench seat. I'm going to try a white plastic clip-on shade.
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Re: Freeman 23 - Anne

Post by Prof Pat Pending on Sat May 09, 2015 6:12 pm

Both lamps hove now been fitted and shades added to cut down the glare on the eyes

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Re: Freeman 23 - Anne

Post by Prof Pat Pending on Sat May 16, 2015 6:20 pm

RichK wrote:What's the cutaway part on the front of the mast for Pat, mines same as that but just rounded on the front fins (if that's what they are called)

Something like this Rich Smile

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Re: Freeman 23 - Anne

Post by F23 flittermouse on Sun May 17, 2015 8:45 am

Pat, do you leave all the deck mounted stuff on when you are not on the boat ? ie mast , spot etc, I always take them off and store in the cabin, too many light fingered cretins wandering about to risk it.l Mad
My mast folds below the screen level without the cutouts to clear the spotlight.

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Post by RichK on Sun May 17, 2015 10:12 am

Clever idea, I never fold mine down, no low bridges near me.
I always leave deck stuff on except the life ring.

Chap I bought the boat from says he never locks cabin doors either, says if they want to get in they will and no point in having to repair the broken down door afterwards Shocked
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Post by Prof Pat Pending on Sun May 17, 2015 11:04 am

I can just about get under Osney bridge with the mast up. (The last time we did it, they had raised the water level as we came back down stream What a Face only 1/4" clearance) I'm pretty sure that it would be above screen level without the cut-out. Not sure of the history of the mast, it's not original, but it is solid, so it's staying Smile

Our marina has locked gates and fence Derek, so reasonably happy about security Smile


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Re: Freeman 23 - Anne

Post by Simritdave on Sun May 17, 2015 1:30 pm

I generally leave the mast on but take the spot light off, not sure why really?
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Re: Freeman 23 - Anne

Post by driftwood on Sun May 17, 2015 2:37 pm

Mast off everything else left on Very Happy.
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Re: Freeman 23 - Anne

Post by Liberty on Sun May 17, 2015 3:31 pm

Every thing on.... except winter when it all comes off.....  oh.. just remembered, I don't have a spot light!!!
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Post by sneddie on Sun May 17, 2015 10:41 pm

Apart from winter everything stays on, we share the same marina as Pat which is quite secure. It does mean, , withthe hardtop,  mast and spot our 24 is tall and we have to take care when mooring near low trees etc.

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Post by Riverlark on Mon May 18, 2015 9:45 pm

I just looked at your pics  Anne is spotless love it.
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Re: Freeman 23 - Anne

Post by Prof Pat Pending on Mon May 18, 2015 10:03 pm

Thanks Smile

The strakes and hand rails need doing this year, but we're very happy with her.
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Post by Riverlark on Tue May 19, 2015 8:00 pm

all looks fine to me Prof, enjoy the rest of the season
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