Since November, our boat has been going under some serious renovations. Val has gone into full on Home Improvement mode. We've attacked the Air Conditioning system, the toilet system, and the master suite .... almost all in parallel so when you go inside the boat, you feel like you are in a construction zone! It is really neat. This is our home, and we are making it over.
The trend we observed early on continues. Every fix it/replace it activity continues to take 5 times longer than it would if we were in a dirt dweller home. We first observed this with the rudder bracket fix, and it is holding true.
We also continue to uncover things we don't like. For example, we did find some one had used household grade wire twist on connectors. Those are bad mojo on a boat. The insides of the twist wire connectors are untreated metal that corrodes in a sea environment, creating a rusted connection point that creates a condition of sparking when electricity is pumped through .... a real fire hazard. It is so dangerous, in fact, that the American Boating and Yachting Council forbids them in the wiring on any boat. Time to replace the connections with properly crimped ones.
Twist Wire Connectors On A Boat Are Bad