Thank you. I wondered about the Delcos. There is a single wire internally regulated one that is often installed on antique tractors (I have three) that were originally generator equipped.
So the regulators are different types. OK, I'll buy that I think before I buy anything, I'm going to take this Marchel unit into our local re-builder and have it tested. Its only an assumption that its really bad... but considering it was submerged and also subjected to battery acid when the boat this engine came out of broke up... I assume its been damaged. The starter was.
I believe its regulator is an external unit that was designed to mate to the case (real similar to the delcos).
Well, ok, your not the first one to say the Buccs did not sail well. Since this is the first and only boat I've ever sailed... I have no way to compare. I settled on it for cost vs completeness , and the shoal draft-trailerability reasons. We can not afford marina storage. When we are not using it, it has to live here at home. Basically I have to control when and even IF its allowed to eat money. Sitting in the shed on its trailer, it eats nothing.
Ugly is in the eye of the beholder... and for a 30 year old boat... complete and ready to sail with a good gelcoat and interior, including a running sailor 280 outboard for $800, I think I did well. One person told me I stole it. I didn't think her all that bad a looking boat. What is it that people think is ugly about her. There nothing about it that is anything appreciably different than any other.
Its not, nor was it designed to be a racer... its a cruiser that will sleep six, with 6'2 head room that my 5'11 inch tall wife needs, yet its only 27 ft... so what they all expect? Besides, I come from the power boat planing hull world... ALL sail is SLOW. So I get 4.5 to 5 knots instead 5 to 5.5 for the "racer".... I've always gotten a chuckle out of this.
SO rather than attack the old gal, how about some suggestions as to what realistic mods could be done to make her sail better. From my experience this summer... I think more rudder might be handy. When she heeled over a good 50 degrees on a unexpected gust and wind direction change with the jib full out and both sails reefed as tight as they could go for heading up wind... she heeled WAY over. I was happy it had the high free board and the extra 330 lbs of ballast someone before me added. But the rudder could just barely offset the forces on the bow from the jib. Full over on the rudder, but at that angle I doubt any center mounted aft rudder would be all that effective anyway. I'm serious on this question.... there isn't anything I won't at least consider modifying... Do it all the time.
Thank you. I'll be using a pair of standard wet battery (deep cycle) batteries. This alt wasn't even hooked up when I salvaged this engine. The batteries evidently were being charged by the 110 system and the solar charger system, or he swapped out a bigger alt and put the little one back in. Who knows?
At least initially, since my boat has none of the typical full live-aboard systems... it is an outboard version with an alcohol stove, an icebox, storage and beds being converted to an inboard. I just need to keep a single starting battery and a single house battery going. No real demand... at least as yet.
I did salvage all the "live-aboard systems" from the salvage Bucc... all rigging, mast, safety rail, windows, front hatch, 1250 watt 110 inverter, 110 12vt permanent install battery charger, all 110 hardware, hot water heater and all water system, reversible heat pump heat/AC, solar charging system, the entire fuel and fuel management system, and obviously the inboard and drive line/shaft/prop and related systems. Thought I did well...I paid a entire $1.50 for the salvage boat, cost about $60 to dispose of the hull pieces, $40 to the marina for miscellaneous things like lifting the 1650 lb block of lead, and that lead paid for the trip's fuel to FL and back. Took six days to demo and salvage.
I think before I buy anything, I'll clean up and take this Marchel unit into our local re-builder and have it tested. Its only an assumption that its really bad... but considering it was submerged and also subjected to battery acid when the boat this engine came out of broke up... its likely a safe assumption. The starter is directly under it... took a bad hit to the solenoid and the armature windings. So I'm not expecting much when I open up this alt.
Thanks again. Dave
PS, wile I was posting this, your pm message (cardiacpaul) notification came but I haven't found it yet. If you addressed any of the above it it, please disregard. I have to go find the PM section on this site... not sure where that is. later...
Oh and at the moment it is basically lights and radio, and starting... yes, it still a simple boat yet. That may change later.. but right know its still a simple boat. Hey, I'm just glad it still had sails!
Last edited by dem45133; 12-15-2008 at 04:55 PM.