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1 Day Ago 03:27 PM
smackdaddy
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

They are in a fantastic school. Their mom was a teacher there before the accident - so they now have 100 moms that take great care of them. I won't pull them out of that.

It's okay - we had a great time together on our brief cruise (honestly) - and will keep going when we can. No worries.

Lots of very difficult hurdles for sure - but also lots of blessings.
1 Day Ago 03:14 PM
miatapaul
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

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Thank you guys. Though I'd honestly like to punch a wall right now, one thing I really want to teach the boys is...when life gets tough, you get tougher (with God's help). They get it - and they actually help me remember that too. They are incredible kids...incredible blessings. Really. They're all that matters.

It's all good. We'll make it through.
Well you have had more than your share of rough times, so I thought it would be great for you to spend the summer on the boat with the kids. Have you thought about home schooling them for a year and just take off?
1 Day Ago 10:43 AM
smackdaddy
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

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Everything will work as long as battery positive and negative are connected. Engine ground has no bearing on this.

Same as a smaller boat with an outboard - battery negative is all that is necessary.
Cool. Thanks Miti.
1 Day Ago 06:47 AM
capecodda
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

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Everything will work as long as battery positive and negative are connected. Engine ground has no bearing on this.

Same as a smaller boat with an outboard - battery negative is all that is necessary.
I agree, maybe something else got nocked loose when you were pulling the engine...something got loose...intermittent connection.
2 Days Ago 02:20 AM
mitiempo
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

Everything will work as long as battery positive and negative are connected. Engine ground has no bearing on this.

Same as a smaller boat with an outboard - battery negative is all that is necessary.
2 Days Ago 04:30 PM
smackdaddy
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

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Smack,

I might be wrong, but I don't think connecting the negative leg of the battery to the engine should matter for stuff like lights. I'm assuming there is a bus bar someplace with all the returns coming together. Are you charging on a shore power connector? Gotta charge somehow.
Since we're not leaving the fridge on, this means the only draw will be the bilge pump if needed, so we're only using solar for charging (not shore power).

All the system negatives run to a bus bar (top right) - that then runs to the shunt for the battery monitor (lower left mounted on box)...



The negative for the house bank runs to one side of this shunt, and the system ground from the engine, bus bar, and the negative for the starter battery connect to the other end.

The start battery is switched off right now - but in the fog of everything else going on, I didn't think about the system ground from the battery monitor shunt being disconnected from the engine - leaving that end open.
2 Days Ago 04:09 PM
capecodda
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

Smack,

I might be wrong, but I don't think connecting the negative leg of the battery to the engine should matter for stuff like lights. I'm assuming there is a bus bar someplace with all the returns coming together. Are you charging on a shore power connector? Gotta charge somehow.
2 Days Ago 03:57 PM
smackdaddy
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

Okay - another question for the electrical guys...

After we pulled the engine, I noticed that the DC system was a bit weird. We used it for 2 days after the engine had been pulled and it worked fine for the most part, but would sometimes "flicker".

It just now dawned on me that the system ground at the engine is no longer grounded - because the engine is gone. So - now that we're away from the boat, everything is shut down. The only draw will be the bilge pump. And the only charge input will come from the solar panels.

So - do I need to worry about this? I suppose I could get the mechanic to swing by and bolt the system ground to the steel engine mount angle? Let me know what you guys think.

Thanks.
6 Days Ago 01:29 AM
chall03
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

+1 to all of the above.

That is rotten luck.
6 Days Ago 11:31 PM
smackdaddy
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

Man, I would LOVE to hang out with Brian and his family. Hopefully.
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