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1 Hour Ago 03:09 PM
Don0190
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

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Originally Posted by smackdaddy View Post
I'm soon going to put together a blog post regarding all the money I've wasted on stuff I thought I'd need - or stuff I thought I could score a good deal on - but didn't for one reason or another. It's a pretty impressive list.
I've long decided that unless you have been out before and are CERTAIN of what you need that you should just cover the basics and get other things once you have proven to yourself it worth spending money on.
1 Hour Ago 02:58 PM
RTB
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

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I've got no shame.
Um, I think we already know that...

Break Out Another Thousand.

Since you're in a "self torture" mode, what's still on your "to do" list, and "things to buy" list?

Ralph
3 Hours Ago 01:17 PM
smackdaddy
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

I'm soon going to put together a blog post regarding all the money I've wasted on stuff I thought I'd need - or stuff I thought I could score a good deal on - but didn't for one reason or another. It's a pretty impressive list.

For example, I bought a 6-person liferaft off eBay that needed re-certification. It was "only" $200 and in "good shape". But then I started pricing out what it would take to get it re-certified. Lots of $$$. So, I just bought a new 6-person raft instead - which I should have done in the beginning.

Stuff like that.

I'm sure most people go through this preparing for a trip - so it's good to lay out the costs of these kinds of mistakes. I've got no shame.
1 Day Ago 04:03 PM
smackdaddy
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

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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 Day 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.
1 Day 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.
1 Day 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..
1 Day 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.
1 Day 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
1 Day 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.
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