Major Engine room re-model project

Discussion in 'Modifications/Customizations' started by Carpediem44DB, Aug 22, 2021.

  1. Carpediem44DB

    Carpediem44DB Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Aug 18, 2015
    Sanfransico Bay area
    2000 Carver 506
    2006 44 DB Sedan Bridge
    Volvo TAMD 74 P
    So when I moved up from the 44DB to the Carver 506 I knew I was going to miss some of the quality and common sense engineering that I came to enjoy in the Sea Ray. One such goofy thing I decided to change was the access to the engine room. The engine room is accessed via a ladder under the stairs into the cabin. The stairs hinge forward and you climb down a fixed ladder to a landing which you then have to crawl forward five feet on then step down to the center bilge floor where it is almost a stand up situation for servicing the engines. The landing at the foot of the ladder is actually the top of the bow thruster battery box. I have a perfect alternative location for the batteries forward of the genset in the center bilge. There is even a reinforced level floor to support all four batteries. By relocating the batteries (4 Group 31s) forward, I shortened the wire run to the thruster by 15 feet of 04 wire and move the weight forward as well. I removed 100 lbs of King starboard which made up the battery box as well. The biggest improvement though is I now have a nine foot long stand up center bilge that makes working in the ER way more ergonomic. Before, I would have to kneel or sit between the aft half of the engines and drives. I installed a new raised aluminum diamond plate floor to have a level, dry place to stand. I have attached some before and after pics.

    Looking down to the ER and landing
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    Thruster battery box at foot of ladder
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    Batteries moved forward. Still need to shorten thruster power cables and build reinforced enclosure for the batteries for additional storage.
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    Battery box and landing removed. Still need to add a step to make climbing the ladder easier from the bilge floor.
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    New diamond plate raised bilge floor
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    Having double the stand up room for ER access is so much nicer now. Next project is to tackle deep cleaning the bilge and prep for paint. I am going to clad the tops of the center engine beams with diamond plate once I take care of some surface corrosion and paint. Having the batteries 12 feet further forward should help the thruster over time and trimming at cruise, have yet to test the latter. It was an ambitious project but honestly it went pretty quickly, I only came up with the idea a week ago.
    Carpe Diem
     
  2. WinkBuilt

    WinkBuilt Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    189
    Aug 1, 2018
    Green, Oh
    Sorrento S230 SXL 1987.
    2007 Jeep Liberty.
    5.7 Mercruiser w/Alpha I
    Nicely executed
     
  3. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member

    Jun 20, 2012
    Florida
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    Well done. That is some physical labor wrestling those batteries around.
     
  4. Carpediem44DB

    Carpediem44DB Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Aug 18, 2015
    Sanfransico Bay area
    2000 Carver 506
    2006 44 DB Sedan Bridge
    Volvo TAMD 74 P
    Wresting the batteries was the most concerning part of the project since I just recovered from two weeks of agony with a lower back injury while tackling my other summer project, painting the damn house. That is one thing I will never do again! I will hire that work done if for some reason I am still living here in 15 years. I hope to be living on a 65 footer in the PNW by then.
    Carpe Diem
     
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  5. JHornsby3

    JHornsby3 Well-Known Member

    950
    Nov 10, 2020
    Sheridan Oregon
    "Steele'y Tutz"
    1992 300 Sundancer
    Twin 4.3L W/Alpha One Gen II
    Moving up to Alaska? Because the taint and the butthole aren't that good anymore. (Oregon & washington) Oregon, it taint Ca and it taint Washington. and Washington is the chit.
     
  6. Carpediem44DB

    Carpediem44DB Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Aug 18, 2015
    Sanfransico Bay area
    2000 Carver 506
    2006 44 DB Sedan Bridge
    Volvo TAMD 74 P
    Making plans for next summer to travel around the San Juans and see for ourselves. The three friends that we have that made the retirement move to the PNW eventually pulled stakes and settled in the south west with in a few years. I can see spending a summer or two up there, We love CA but been here forever and just getting bored boating in the same water year after year.
     
  7. JHornsby3

    JHornsby3 Well-Known Member

    950
    Nov 10, 2020
    Sheridan Oregon
    "Steele'y Tutz"
    1992 300 Sundancer
    Twin 4.3L W/Alpha One Gen II
    I will be very honest. If I could ditch this land based BS I would. The coast is far nicer. And from the bottom to the top it is all real nice. But you cross that coast range and it just gets stupid ugly. Yeah, you can look over or around all the crack heads and see what used to be an absolute gem. But with the homeless garbage piles everywhere and the state allowing drugs legal, the trash is piling faster than it can be hauled off.

    As for Oregon. You have the entire coastal area and you can cross the bar in Astoria and run the Columbia almost to Idaho. Then there is the Willamette from the mouth to Oregon City and the falls. If they would rebuild the locks in Oregon City, you would be able to run al; the way to just south of Newberg. And that is where the willamette goes from 20'-30' to less than 3'. Hundreds of miles of water ways to visit. And that is just some of it. Go up the Columbia and you have other rivers like the John Day that go up a ways. Every inch of it beautiful if you look past the druggies and garbage. Come on up. I will buy you a bottle of local wine and half a bottle of whiskey.
     
  8. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    1998 450 Sundancer, Achilles dinghy w/15hp
    3126 Cat's
    PNW, San Juans, Gulf Islands, Desolation Sound, Broughton Islands and SE Alaska if you are really feeling frisky... You will never regret it.
     
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