Thursday, May 9, 2013

The latest addition to Carmela is digital cabin lights.  I added 4 of them.  The brightest and lease power hungry light is the one from Dr. Led dome light.  That sucker is really bright (like a 60 watt bulb) and barely reads on my amp gauge.  I would not believe it unless you saw it. Also two of the interior lights can be switched to red for night operation.  I tried them and they really work well.  You can read by the red light and not be blinded when looking at a dark horizon. 

I also added a second outboard bracket (overkill) but I don't want to have to man-handle my heavy 4 hp 4 stroke dinghy outboard when transferring it from the boat to the dinghy.  Now i just unbolt it from the outboard bracket and install it on the dinghy when I'm tied up to the stern of the boat.  An added bonus is I can run the 4 hp outboard as a secondary engine in case my primary 9.9hp outboard quits.  Just lower the bracket and use it.  


  1. I cam hear following a comment you made at a page about Coronado 25s. Do you have one in addition to the Cal 27? Have you restored that one too? I just purchased one this weekend and am going to try to restore it back to all its glory over the next year or so.

    First project: I need to build a holding tank for the head as the current direct discharge is illegal here in the US (and especially the Chesapeake Bay). I then hope to redo the electric, and we will see what comes after that.

    1. Sorry for the very late reply. Yes i completely rebuilt the Coronado 25, a wonderful boat. The only addition i would recommend is raising the hatch about 10 inches. But keep the sliders for the hatch. It is nice to be able to stand inside. Also, the view from the table in the Coronado while anchored is wonderful. Its a very fast light wind boat. These boats have been underestimated for their potential to rebuild. They have too many good qualities to mention in this small space.

  2. I just want to add a comment here about the extra outboard bracket that I added to the back of Carmela. I have since removed it because I needed the space for a spare rudder. The bracket worked fine but the spare rudder with its upcoming wind vane was a higher priority for my small transom.