More POWER - Yeah

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We had been generating 120V AC. power onboard with a Mase IS2500 genset.  It had served well from 1994 but was getting long in the tooth and needing an overhaul.  It was a 2 KW. unit and had always been a little small for our power needs.
We decided to buy a 3 KW. Phasor Marine, Florida unit, but the salesman jerked us around for a month. Nuts to them!  We went off to San Juan and bought a 5 KW Northern Lights for the same money.  Supplier R & B Power drove us and it back to Salinas the same day.
Now the problem was extracting the Mase from it's cubby hole on the far side of the main engine.  We would have to lift it across the engine and out into the walk-thru.  The Marina had no crane facilities, so this would all have to be done at anchor.
I decided to build a stand to slide the Mase out. There's no good way to dead lift a 185 lb. piece of machinery.  The wooden stand was keyed together, so I would be able to reuse it to slide in the new unit. Of course, the floors and walls are curved making things interesting.
I made a detachable slide to facilitate getting the Mase to the companionway. It came out easily and we used the main boom and a block and tackle to hoist it outside. I disassembled the stand and contemplated all the preparatory work needed for the new install.
I spent hours sitting on that milk carton, measuring and re-measuring. The Northern Lights would be a tight fit with only inches to spare. There were many components that would be dwarfed or inaccessible when the new genset was ideally placed.
I constructed a wall against the starboard fuel and water tank. I moved plumbing and relocated the genset exhaust gas separator (black box upper right). I constructed a new fiberglass pad for the associated exhaust water lock and ran new exhaust and drain hoses.
Then I built bins for storing goodies and shelves to relocate the refrigeration pump and the water-maker pump. The refrigeration is the round black gizmo bottom center of the picture. In the next photo, it has been moved up one shelf. Lots of delicate work and swearing here.
The water-maker pump is now where the refrigeration was located. Easy to move but it required new runs of heavy DC wiring. Of course, it needed new hoses, clamps, mounting braces, etc., etc. .....
One of the things about generating power is that you also generate heat. Not good for sleeping in the tropics. I used the old Danfoss 6" boxer fan with a  thermostat control to evacuate the engine room.
Gosh, if I'm so brilliant - Why didn't I do this 10 years ago !!!
The pressure system water pump was also going to disappear someplace behind the generator. OK - let's move it too. It only needs new hoses, clamps, mounting braces, etc., etc. ....
All sizes I don't have.  Arrgh !!!
OK - that doesn't look bad.  What am I missing?
I don't know why, but I think I've missed something.  Maybe if I have a Rhum and Coke I'll remember what it is.
I'm sure it was something to do with the water-maker.
Nope - everything looks good here too.
I had a local welder construct a steel frame stand to hold the new genset above waterline.  That's the white frame onto which I have bolted the wooden slide stand.
Meet the new kid on the block.  This puppy weighs in at 480 lb. dead weight dry. It was a trick lifting it into the cockpit; now we're going to hoist it, wiggle it carefully through the companionway and settle it onto the wood slide.  Ahoy volunteers - I need volunteers !!
Bill of "Cat Sass" to the rescue.  Houston - we had no problem.
"Jeez that's a big s.o.b. - are you sure it's going to fit??
Yes, no worries mate.  I measured it myself.

It took both of us to pull it up the slide and turn it into the engine room. With a slight down slope toward the steel stand, it dropped into place as if it wanted a new home.
(I'm so grateful when a plan actually comes together.)

OK - The exhaust is connected, the battery is live, the water is flowing, all we need is the fuel lines.  CRAP - I knew there was something! Where the heck are the fuel lines?
Chief Petting Officer "Long" declared the operation a complete success and collapsed from nervous exhaustion.