Alternator pulley; LPG system; dodger glass

Tonight I picked up a 24mm socket wrench on the way back to Oia to use to remove the pulley from the old alternator, since I need it for the new alternator.  That didn’t quite go as I’d hoped since there’s basically no way for me to apply any counter-torque to the alternator shaft while wrenching the nut, which may be impossible to remove regardless due to some corrosion.  I’ll give the electrician a call tomorrow to ask him if he thinks he might be able to remove the pulley, and to try yet again to schedule a time for him to come help me with the alternator this weekend.

In the meantime, I’ve been poking around a little with the LPG system since I still need to get it hooked up to the new grill.  At first I was a little puzzled by some of the existing connections and fittings.  Here’s the solenoid (near the LPG source):

The upper connection goes to the regulator; the lower connection goes down to a fitting through the deck, below which all the gas piping is copper.  Here’s the deck fitting:

At first I was a little perplexed by these connections and thought they were somehow nonstandard or atypical, but then my Dad pointed me to barbed fittings (thanks Dad!); tonight I went ahead and cut off the old hose and sure enough, that’s what they were.  Here are the fittings, sans hose.  First the solenoid:

And second the deck fitting:

For now I’ve sealed them up with some Teflon; I still need to find a place to buy hoses and fittings.  Hopefully I can also find one that’ll sell me a pressure gauge, which technically should go between the regulator and the LPG tank.

I also had a discussion the other day about dodger glass with Brian, which got me thinking a bit more about mine.  A lot of the existing glass on my hard dodger is badly cracked, or coming loose, or crazed, or too thin to withstand any kind of an impact from a big wave.  I’m also not very happy with the visibility through the dodger when I’m standing at the helm, probably because I’m taller than the previous owners.  There are these two little poorly-cut deadlights (windows that don’t open) in the topmost portion of the dodger that make me feel like I’m inside a tank.  Here they are from the outside:

Here’s another view of the same deadlight and some of the other dodger glass (on the port side) from inside the cockpit:

The panel containing the two little deadlights is only minimally structural (and there’s plenty of other structure supporting the roof over the cockpit) so I’m pondering either cutting the deadlights much larger, or even maybe trying to make the entire panel some kind of glass (plexiglass, acrylic, lexan, whatever).

I also think I want to replace the athwartships and angled dodger glass with something new (definitely) and heavier duty (maybe), although Brian made the point that if you get hit by a really forceful wave it’s better for the glass to break and allow some flow than it is for the dodger to be ripped off.

For the record here’s another view of the starboard side angled (center) and athwartships (right) glass.  The bottom of panel on the right is almost completely unseated, which is why I started thinking about all this in the first place.

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