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Be careful what you wish for or sailhog will have you over to help and be offering you three very nice sows... as you didn't specify what species the virgins had to be.

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Seems like you have two problems,
a) low lights the night before (even tho connected to the pier and charger on)
b) GPS etc.. not engerizing from the 12v panel even tho engine is running; apparently the altenator is working because the batteries are getting a charge.

Since seldom in life does two things go wrong at once let's look for the simple solution.
A) your charger crapped out a1) your charger crapped out because your batteries crapped out or at least one of them did and maybe that boiled off the other

B) while farting around in the battery compartment you knocked loose or did not reconnect either the positive or negative cable that supplies power to your panel; or you reversed a connection (only takes a second) and blew the primary panel fuse.

There is no need to panic, it's not magic.

Alternatively, The more complex response:
While playing monopoly with the kids the lead horsie figure was loose and running around making random shorts in the system by creating lead horse droppings on connections, then it got hungry and ate some copper cable and caused opens in other places.
To fix that requires 4 bottles of rum, food for a week, 3 naked virgins (female, non-minors) and from 8 to 10 viagra's, PM me with my airline ticket reservations and I'll drop in and fix it.

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Errr.... this is a hard post for me...
But here goes...
I... I... I... Can I just say...
Okay, I'm just going to get this over with...

The batteries on my C30 are under the nav desk. The way it is wired, and the manner in which the batteries sit in the batt. bucket, and the way the wires emerge from the liner behind the nav station... well, in shuffling the batteries around, the pos. and neg. wires of the house batt. got tucked down under the plastic battery bucket in such a way that I could not see them.

So there. I want to remind everyone that snickering will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. If you snicker, you will be arrested by the Sailnet police. So no snickering. Anyway, that part of the mystery is solved.

Now if you all can stop snickering for a moment, I do have one lingering concern, and it has to do with why two good batteries would die in 12 hours with just a couple of little cabin lights drawing off of them. Any suggestions? Obviously, the battery charger was and is on the fritz.

P.S.: I would appreciate it if you didn't PM all of your buddies and tell them about this little mix up of mine. I know you all are laughing at me behind my back, making nasty little comments like, "God, Sailhog is stupid..." or "If he had that pos. and neg. lines up his ass he'd know where they were." I"m feeling a little vulnerable right now...
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So the cables were not connected to the terminals?
Is that what you are saying?

And believe me, I am not snickering.
Its a boat, anything is possible!

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TJK,
The starting battery cables were hooked up, but not the house side.
Okay, so let's change the subject...
Whaddaya say we got grab a beer and talk about why those batteries died with only those itty bitty lights drawing on em?
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So hog, you now realize that the next time you post a question to these forums, we'll be sure to ask you - "Is it plugged in?"

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Did you check the water levels as was suggested earlier?

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Buddies got a C30, understand how that could happen (dark and tight).

Back to the simple solution again: they were not fully charged to begin with.
You didn't specify what the capacity was, assuming (as it's a C30) you have 90 amphour wet cells (likely, average battery) and you were at/about 80% to start, two lights at 1 ah per for 8 hrs (overnight), 16 ah down... yep they would be rather dim come morning.
BTW, what was the anchor light running off, assuming it was on? Factor that in if you missed it and question is answered eh?
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TB,
If I post a question on engine trouble you'll ask, "Is there fuel in the tank?" And I'll reply in some really hyper-sensitive way like, "What are you saying? What the f--- do you mean by that?"

On the way home that morning I didn't have acceess to the GPS and the depth sounder was in-op due to lack of electricty, so I had to keep to the deep side of the channel and take the sure way, as there are a number of shoals to run around on... anyway, it meant a longer route, but we still made the 17 mile journey in 2:05. We had the currents flushing us down the Beaufort River, and then we had them flushing us back up Port Royal Sound -- and it was blowing like snot off of our port quarter for most of the way. I've never gone that fast in that boat.
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TJK,
I checked the water levels, and they are fine.

Chuck,
Come to think of it, they would not have been fully charged when we arrived, as we sailed the entire distance (17 miles in 3.25 hours) with the stereo, GPS, press. water, etc. all on. All of this would have been drawing off the house batt. The engine ran for less than 5 minutes as we pulled into the marina. The anchor light was not on, as we were docked, but, as I mentioned, the charger was not recharging the batts. I had the switch on "both" all through the night to allow (I thought) them to recharge.
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Sometimes it's good to be a simple in a simple world with simple problems and simple solutions..
On the other hand, I was looking forward stories of chasing lead horsies around
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