Catalina 27 - electrical - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > General Interest > General Discussion (sailing related)
 Not a Member? 


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 01-08-2011
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 2
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
GeneFuller is on a distinguished road
Catalina 27 - electrical

This past summer while on cruise I had a battery problem. Although everything on the panel was turned off, I left the battery switch on and in the morning the battery was dead. This problem repeated itself. When home I put an ammeter in line and found it was drawing about 2 amps with all circuits off but battery switch on. I started isolating one circuit at a time and found nothing but whem I put it all back together the problem had gone away. I wish it had not gone away. As is I have no idea what or if I fixed antthing !!! Mt best guess is that it might be alternator diodes. But why did it go away? Any ideas will be appreciated.
Gene / ESCAPADE II
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 01-08-2011
SlowButSteady's Avatar
Senior Slacker
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: SoCal
Posts: 4,223
Thanks: 0
Thanked 17 Times in 15 Posts
Rep Power: 5
SlowButSteady is on a distinguished road
You might have some drain via a bit of corrosion, or even just a bit of salty moisture, causing a fairly high resistance short somewhere. If your automatic bilge pump circuit bypasses your main battery switch and distribution panel, as is most boats (and rightly so), that may be a place to give a bit of added scrutiny.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 01-09-2011
tip's Avatar
tip tip is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 75
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 5
tip is on a distinguished road
Intermittent electrical issues like that are a real pain. If it were me, I would do a thorough inspection of the electrical system. You didn't mention if the system was original or not, but maybe its time to think about replacing the electrical on your 27.

Regarding the alternator, in my experiences if it was a diode, the draw would be constant.

Good luck and let us know what you find.
__________________
-tip

Bellingham, WA

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Catalina 30 Keel cracks (not Catalina Smile) Pelham Catalina 5 12-01-2009 10:39 AM
Electrical? ptsailor Gear & Maintenance 11 02-11-2009 07:36 AM
Electrical moravski_lubenicar General Discussion (sailing related) 3 02-11-2007 03:29 PM
catalina 30 mast electrical wiring cptn seaweed Gear & Maintenance 1 02-27-2003 05:08 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:14 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.