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53 Minutes Ago 04:03 PM
smackdaddy
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

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Originally Posted by davidpm View Post
That was my first thought but I couldn't square it with not leaking unless the tank if full.
We haven't had any further leakage since. But, we've also not had to re-fill the tank. So it definitely had something to do with the full tank.

A month or so after it leaked the second time, I poked around and noticed that the level sender had a mounting screw missing. So my hunch is that when the tank was full - either due to heeling or due to warming fuel expanding - it leaked out that sender hole. I've since replaced that missing screw - but the leaking had stopped even before that. So it definitely doesn't seem to be problems with the lines or the tank itself.

We'll see what happens on my next fill-up.
1 Hour Ago 03:40 PM
davidpm
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

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Originally Posted by Seaduction View Post
With a gallon of leakage in 2 hours, it could be the fuel return line leaking. If the tank has a leak, it would leak with or without the engine running. Just a thought.
That was my first thought but I couldn't square it with not leaking unless the tank if full.
2 Hours Ago 02:43 PM
smackdaddy
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

I didn't even know about "Smart Gauge". I'd read and seen a lot of really positive stuff about the LinkPro - and already had the Xantrex charger so thought it would be a logical addition. Already bought and installed - just need to wire it into the bank.

Man, there is a lot of stuff to know about this whole electrical thing.
3 Hours Ago 01:52 PM
Maine Sail
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

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Okay! The new solar panels are now charging my newly expanded 384-ah house bank! Next up is the LinkPro and that should do it for the electrical work - for now.
Did you consider the Smart Gauge? Much, much, much easier and remarkably accurate..
3 Hours Ago 01:45 PM
smackdaddy
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

Dude - don't worry. You're telling it like it is. It's always a roll of the dice.
3 Hours Ago 01:41 PM
RTB
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

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Well that's a confidence booster, Ralph! Thank a lot pal
Aw man, I didn't mean to bum you out. Believe me, I know very well how the money flows getting ready to slip those dock lines. I spent so much money in Kemah it made me crazy. I said that's it...we're leaving! Hey, we left with 2 year old dual purpose batteries from West Marine, and no solar or wind. We made it quite a ways with that. Killed the batteries in Boot Key, bought new ones, and started adding solar and wind, little by little.

I think you'll find your set-up ok for awhile. You're better equipped than we were when we left. You'll figure things once you get away from marinas. Let us know how it goes.

Ralph
6 Hours Ago 10:56 AM
smackdaddy
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

Yeah - but the reality is...when you're spending a ton of money on tons of projects getting ready to go somewhere...you can't always budget to do every one of those things "perfectly". And I'm okay with that.

Even if I can get a season or two out of this bank it will be worth the $600+ I saved by not replacing everything. And at that point, the budget likely won't be as crazy as it is now during prep.

So fret not my friends.
9 Hours Ago 06:57 AM
Minnewaska
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

I'll second the concern for mixing battery ages. Part of the trouble is not knowing what the actual capacity of the bank really is. As a battery amateur, I picture the new batteries trying to charge the old.
17 Hours Ago 11:17 PM
smackdaddy
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

Well that's a confidence booster, Ralph! Thank a lot pal!

Heh-heh. We'll see.

Yes - we are leaving in July (around the 15th or so). And if I do have to replace the batteries - I'd much rather do it in Boot Key than Kemah. I'll consider that an accomplishment.
21 Hours Ago 07:04 PM
RTB
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

I hope you get some decent mileage out of those batteries. Not trying to nip-pick here, but mixing old with new batteries concerns me. Keep an eye on things once you get your monitor hooked up. There is no way to know what's going on without that. Once the older batteries start to go, they will drag down those new ones.

As you know, I have the same interstates as you. They have done ok, but I'll be dumping them for the T-105's before we leave this time. Room is tight for batteries on my boat too, but I'll find a way. In the end, I truly believe it will be worth the effort and expense.

Are you guys still heading out once the boys are out of school for the summer? I'm looking forward to your adventures. Hopefully, you won't be replacing batteries in Boot Key Harbor like I did.

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