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1 Day Ago 03:35 PM
RTB
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

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Originally Posted by smackdaddy View Post
I'm still around - just focusing on getting everything ready. We plan to head out next week. We'll do a shakedown beforehand, then hit it.
Very COOL! Smooth sailing to you guys!!! Hopefully you got all the bad luck out of the way early. I have your smack talk blog bookmarked already.

Ralph
1 Day Ago 02:37 PM
smackdaddy
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

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Originally Posted by RTB View Post
Hey Steve....are you going to hang around Texas and make sure the boat is reliable for awhile? You do have time to get her moved to Florida if that is still your plan. Just curious on my part. Actually, you have been VERY quiet on the boards as of late. You ok man?

Ralph
I'm still around - just focusing on getting everything ready. We plan to head out next week. We'll do a shakedown beforehand, then hit it.
1 Day Ago 02:15 PM
RTB
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

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Originally Posted by smackdaddy View Post
The new engine and drive (that I paid for out-of-pocket) is in and is running beautifully. We just finished all that up last Tuesday. We have a few minor things to wrap up this weekend, then we should be good to go. I'll re-start our episodes from there, then circle back on the engine saga details if/when it's appropriate.
Hey Steve....are you going to hang around Texas and make sure the boat is reliable for awhile? You do have time to get her moved to Florida if that is still your plan. Just curious on my part. Actually, you have been VERY quiet on the boards as of late. You ok man?

Ralph
1 Day Ago 10:26 AM
RobDahlgren
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

Smack,
Glad to hear you and the boys are back in business. I've been following this whole saga with great interest. We recently purchased one of Dawn Treader's little sisters, a 1990 Hunter 35.5. It's great boat and getting better as I work through my list of projects. Stories like yours have kept me away from the using pros for any of the work so far. I may hire Brion Toss to tune my rig the first time, but other than that I am just trying to learn to do the work myself. Eventually I will need the help of a pro, hopefully by then I will be competent enough to evaluate the quality of their work.

If I had been in your position right now, I would have trusted the mechanic as well. Maybe after owning the boat 3-4 years and understanding how everything works it would be different, but when you are just starting out you gotta trust somebody and hope for the best.

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Originally Posted by MedSailor View Post
For those of us with old boats and lots of wiring of various ages and quality, consider installing a "blazecut" fire suppression system in the areas where all the wiring and fuses are densely packed.

It's a clean agent fire chemical (halon replacement) that is put into a pex tube.

Zip tie the tube to any area you are worried about and if a fire or smoldering wire starts it will melt a hole in the pressurized pex tine, creating an instant valve to deploy the suppression agent directly on the fire.

Its cheap, compared to any auto suppression sustem, easy to install and maintain.

No affiliation on my part, but I own one and am clearly impressed.

BlazeCut Fire Suppression System TV200FA, 6' ? JOGR



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Med,
I am really interested in this. It seems like a great fit for behind an electrical panel, but will it work in the engine compartment? Our surveyor said the automatic Halon systems can just get "sucked out" through the running diesel. I assume if there was enough Halon it would kill the engine, but he recommended a fire port and portable Halon extinguisher.

The BlazeCut seems a lot simpler solution if it will work there.
4 Days Ago 12:04 AM
RTB
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

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Originally Posted by smackdaddy View Post
The new engine and drive (that I paid for out-of-pocket) is in and is running beautifully.
Video with sound.....or it never happened!

Ralph
6 Days Ago 12:54 AM
MedSailor
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

For those of us with old boats and lots of wiring of various ages and quality, consider installing a "blazecut" fire suppression system in the areas where all the wiring and fuses are densely packed.

It's a clean agent fire chemical (halon replacement) that is put into a pex tube.

Zip tie the tube to any area you are worried about and if a fire or smoldering wire starts it will melt a hole in the pressurized pex tine, creating an instant valve to deploy the suppression agent directly on the fire.

Its cheap, compared to any auto suppression sustem, easy to install and maintain.

No affiliation on my part, but I own one and am clearly impressed.

http://jogrusa.com/products/blazecut...ression-system



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6 Days Ago 12:20 AM
smackdaddy
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

Bryce - thanks for the reply. There were no clothes or anything else blocking the controller. I made very sure to keep that area clear.

I assume you're talking about the purple fuse on the right in this pic?



Honestly, I don't remember even checking to see if that had blown - I guess since the board was fried anyway. I was paying more attention to where it burned out. You'll see that it appeared to burn at the negative contact for the battery bank. And since that one battery in the bank fried, I just assumed that was the cause of the short back to the controller.

Anyway, it definitely overheated, but not because stuff was around it. I now have a fuse at the battery bank side and this new controller recommended by Maine. So we should be good.
6 Days Ago 11:43 PM
BryceGTX
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

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Originally Posted by smackdaddy View Post
Also, Maine will be very pleased to know that I installed this baby and got everything back up and running for the solar:

Hello Smackdaddy... After reading your failure of your PWM controller.. It seems your controller did not melt because of battery power feeding into it, rather it invariably melted because is was not being cooled adequately. After seeing this picture, one could easily imagine clothes, books or other things on this shelf blocking the cooling of your controller. Under such a condition, the only protection of the controller could come from over temperature protection of the electronics. Sadly, not all controllers will have that.

Also, more than likely why the manual of this controller did not specify a fuse was that it had a 35 amp fuse directly on the PCB. This fuse is clearly shown in your pictures. This fuse would have clearly protected the controller from high battery currents. So the damage could not be from high currents from the battery.

Rather it could only come from overheating of the electronics.

Bryce
6 Days Ago 06:50 PM
RTB
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

No doubt that things just quit working on these 30+year old boats.

I just replaced two breakers in the DC panel. One was for water pressure, the other running lights. After installing 2 new breakers, these systems are now working. Carry some spare 5-15 amp breakers just in case. Apparently, these old components don't last forever. The trick is figuring out what is the problem. I figured for sure that the running lights problem was a short....but no. Just the breaker. I'm just offering some tidbits of info for later, just in case you experience similar problems.

http://www.jamestowndistributors.com...A1+Single+Pole

Ralph
1 Week Ago 01:33 AM
RTB
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

Hey man...love your boys! Really good kids, and sure you are proud of them.

Let Bob or me know if there is anything we can help with. We've done the trip ahead of you a few times, so happy to answer questions, or maybe help moving the boat.

Ralph
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