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Sawmp...I though you have a three stage charger in the boat to charge the batteries. Will they let you plug in there ( 110 adapter to shore power)? When you use the 2000 to charge your batteries do you connect direct,? I was under the impression it was a very slow way to charge batteries? (13.3a/ hr if you use the ac and 8 amps/ hr dc)

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Hi Dave, the boat is on the hard and I haven't seen an outlet anywhere near it so I just go down there at least once a month and connect the positive leads back up like normal and then plug the 30A outlet from the charger to the boat, the batteries go to "Float" within 10 or 15 minutes but I usually leave the generator run for an hour or so just to be sure...Plus I hang around inside with the cabin lights on just checking different things out. This time was the first time for the new Honda. I had an old smaller Honda 800 W that a friend gave to me and asked if I could get it to run properly, I cleaned the carburetor out and she runs nice but the last time I had it at the boat something went wrong with the voltage regulator and it was pumping out 150 volts. I ordered a new regulator that worked right for a day and then the voltage went to 5.56VDC, they exchanged it for another one that doesn't work (Same 5.56VDC) so I have to get in contact with them (online) and find out what they want to do. I can always hook up the old regulator and just use that gen for lighting but I just went ahead and bought a nice brand new 2 thousand watter for our boat.
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Hi Guys,
New to posting here, saw you using the Honda portable generator for charging etc, do you use while cruising, if so how is the noise factor, vibration, where do you keep it when using?
Welcome sailors! This is a great site, these people have given me lots of great guidence, I'm sure you will enjoy the same.

I bought the Honda just this week, so I'm no expert at all. Also this is our first year with a larger sailboat, we graduated from a smaller 26 footer just back in September. I will say the generator is very quiet. It has 2 modes, "normal" and "eco", in normal it runs and is a bit loud but nothing like a regular generator, in eco it is very quiet but if you are to cycle large loads on and off it is not recomended since the engine can't ramp up the low RPMs fast enough for the high load. This generator has an inverter that regulates frequency indipendant of engine speed unlike a regular generator that has to maintain a set RPM. I bought the Honda EU2000i Companion, it has a 20 Amp AND 30A recepticle, the regular EU2000i has just 2 20A recepticles. I bought it for it's light weight of 46lbs to recharge if I ever ran the batteries down too low PLUS we plan to experiment with air conditioning options this Summer. I did look at Yamaha's equivelent and almost bought it instead until I noticed the Honda had a larger engine which means it's going to handle higher loads better. I also have a tri-fuel conversion kit on the way to run it off propane so I don't have to worry about spilling gasoline everywhere. I have converted a few generators over to tri-fuel and it is REALLY worth doing.
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Re: Ready To Go Back In?

I wish I was ready! Had the bottom soda blasted earlier this month and now need to fill, fair, sand, barrier coat, and paint. Still need to buy the paint but have all the other supplies stockpiled. I also need to install a couple of thru-hulls, re-do the boot stripe, and wax the hull. I'm hoping the warming trend continues as I'd really like to get all of this finished by the first weekend in April. Fingers crossed! Either way, I'll be spending a lot of time at the boatyard in March.
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Re: Ready To Go Back In?

4arch, I ordered my Ultima60 bottom paint from Defender,it was at my door in 2 days and I saved $100 a gallon compared to what WM wants.
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I wish I was ready! Had the bottom soda blasted earlier this month and now need to fill, fair, sand, barrier coat, and paint. Still need to buy the paint but have all the other supplies stockpiled. I also need to install a couple of thru-hulls, re-do the boot stripe, and wax the hull. I'm hoping the warming trend continues as I'd really like to get all of this finished by the first weekend in April. Fingers crossed! Either way, I'll be spending a lot of time at the boatyard in March.
Is there a prefered temp for applying the barrier coat? How long for each coat to dry before you can apply the next? What kind of bottom are you going to use. Swamp, T37, and I use the Ultima60 which was recommended by Shawn to me and has been a great paint. ( I used the Micron Extra before which was also good). Are you trying something different?

Before you do the waxing, use some FSR gel. You can do this noew on a really cold day. It works really well to get rid of the tannin stains and marks, although you may want to do that before you do your bottom work or it will take it off. It took me 2 hours to do the FSR treatment and wash it off and it had amazing results and is an easy apply and wash off.

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Re: Ready To Go Back In?

With the barrier coat products being epoxies the recommendation is to apply at 50 degrees or above. Recoat times are a few hours up to fifteen days. The first coat of bottom paint has to follow immediately behind the last coat of barrier or else you have to sand. Temps in the 50s for more than a day or so at a time are iffy in March but Iíll just have to take it as it comes. Iím debating between the Ultima SR 40 or SR 60. Iíve used the 40 in the past with good results but if the 60 is a whole lot better Iíll consider it.

The FSR is part of the plan as weíve had good results with it too. We donít have the time or patience to do the full Maine Sail wax job, but weíll be happy just to get the topsides cleaned up and protected.
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With the barrier coat products being epoxies the recommendation is to apply at 50 degrees or above. Recoat times are a few hours up to fifteen days. The first coat of bottom paint has to follow immediately behind the last coat of barrier or else you have to sand. Temps in the 50s for more than a day or so at a time are iffy in March but Iíll just have to take it as it comes. Iím debating between the Ultima SR 40 or SR 60. Iíve used the 40 in the past with good results but if the 60 is a whole lot better Iíll consider it.

The FSR is part of the plan as weíve had good results with it too. We donít have the time or patience to do the full Maine Sail wax job, but weíll be happy just to get the topsides cleaned up and protected.
Since I have never applied to BP myself I cannot tell you if this is true, but I heard the SR60 is a little more difficult to apply because of the added copper content. Sean was right as their is a better sloughing off of the ablative with the Ultima at a lower speed than the Micros Exrtra as eveytime our diver went down he said it was pretty clean with the Ultima. Course we use our boat every weekend which helps somewhat, but we did also with the Micron also. We are on our third season with the Ultima 60 and it still looks good.

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Going on season three is impressive. We weren't getting more than one from any product due to adhesion issues that hopefully will be solved with the fresh start I'm doing. From mid April through mid November Spindrift usually leaves the slip at least once a week but our marina doesn't allow divers so I need to get as much performance as possible from the paint alone. I'll short haul mid season but it's expensive and I don't think it's as effective or as good for the paint job as hand cleaning.
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Brokesailor,
Talked to some of the guys at Zanhiser's today, they say that they will be painting and launching as early as next week. Not official notice, just according to the guys in the yard working.
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@silvio: yes Craig emailed me and said splash date scheduled for March 18 but then are doing my winter work list. (Mast work).
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