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Search: Posts Made By: Maine Sail
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Day Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 1,255
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Bilge Pump Plumbing

There are many types of leaks that don't cause massive flooding that a well designed bilge pump can keep up with.

*Here in Maine many boats t-bone solid granite and may drive the keel up into the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 69
Views: 2,266
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Recommendations for Battery Monitor

Ease of installation = Smart Gauge hands down. Two wires & no shunt wiring to mess up. You can also monitor the voltage of a start battery which adds a third wire...




User friendliness =...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 60
Views: 2,482
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Mooring pendants

The problem is that it won't weight anywhere close to 3000 pounds under water and this is why many municipalities have made concrete moorings non-approved... I am really amazed municipalities even...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 493
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Needing to use engine alternator vs. generator

Is this a Link 2000R where the alternator is doing the charging or the inverter/charger is doing the charging?

If you are only getting 20A out of a 100A inverter/charger then it likely does not...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 896
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: GPS a bit bigger then I expected

One should ideally be thinking in terms of product service life. Older models or discontinued models are the first ones to run out of parts and become obsolete and not even repariable.

Once they...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 391
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Solar panels on a radar pole?

As long as you don't go too big it works great... This is a 50W panel I did a while ago...

http://www.pbase.com/mainecruising/image/158615524.jpg
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 656
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Galvanic isolators

You will want a GI that is considered "fail safe". This means that in the event of a failure you do not lose your ground. While a decent price, the Yandina does not meet the fail safe requirement...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 76
Views: 6,385
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Dumbest passage plan since the BOUNTY sailed straight into Sandy?

Perhaps you would know because everyone in Newport tried to tell you NOT to go, including the USCG....
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-17-2015
Replies: 69
Views: 2,266
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Recommendations for Battery Monitor

If you want a do-all the VSM is an okay product. Unfortunately like any device that tries to track SOC by counting Ah's they are less than optimal, especially now that we have better options..

I...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 02-17-2015
Replies: 76
Views: 6,385
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Dumbest passage plan since the BOUNTY sailed straight into Sandy?

Excellent post Jeff!

I know I have posted this before but I believe it is still very relevant..

To me this is a sad example of folks not getting the psychological treatment they probably...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 02-17-2015
Replies: 76
Views: 6,385
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Dumbest passage plan since the BOUNTY sailed straight into Sandy?

This is the eBay listing it closed on September 7th....

1994 44 039 Carrol Marine 43 Nelson Marek | eBay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/1994-44-039-Carrol-Marine-43-Nelson-Marek-/151402149509)


This...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 02-15-2015
Replies: 76
Views: 6,385
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Dumbest passage plan since the BOUNTY sailed straight into Sandy?

The good news is we now have a solid answer to those;

"Can I buy a 10K boat and sail it around the world?" threads......:D

Seriously, why would you want to mess with the North Atlantic in...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-08-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 1,175
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Lithium Ion batteries

I run a LiFePO4 bank but it is custom built. Please stay away from "drop in" type LFP batteries. There is far more to a marine LFP conversion than simply dropping in a "12V look-a-like LFP battery......
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-20-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 925
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Winterizing a boat

If only Fariclough would build me the cover I want, & have already designed, I'd have one in a second. Considering the cost of paint these days NOTHING touches our painted hull, not canvas, not...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-14-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 698
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: No Main Fuse

For what load, should be the real question??? For some loads this is fine for others it can result in nuisance trips. The ABYC standards for Table VI A Max Ampacity (There are also tables B &C for...
Forum: Electronics 01-09-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 452
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Repeater Chartplotter Screens

Lots of boats run networked plotters including myself. You just need to be sure you buy a plotter capable of being networked. Many plotters smaller than 7" can't be networked but some can.

I also...
Forum: Electronics 12-31-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 652
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Transducer Compatability

I don't know what part of that post you were referring to, but try the link below....

New Depth Sounder With An Old Transducer (http://www.pbase.com/mainecruising/new_depth_old_transducer_ducer)
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-22-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 1,381
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Stereo Power Installation

The general convention in the industry is that yellow is both memory and deck power to drive the amp. Yellow is your current carrying wire when the stereo is pumping volume and switched on via the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-22-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 703
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Charging three battery banks using ACRs?

Sorry about the typo on parity. Darn iPad auto correct...

With combiners both batteries charge in parity once combine voltage has been attained. Bulk is a slow climb with most healthy house banks...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-20-2014
Replies: 908
Views: 66,535
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Is flying a pirate flag lame?

As a direct descendant of the Drake family (my grandmothers maiden name was Lima Drake (Lima after one of Sir Frances 'Pirate" conquests) and my dad's middle name is Drake, though it has been nothing...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-18-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 883
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Inverter/charger ????

Let's figure a 160A real world load for a 900W microwave..

If you have two 90Ah group 27's (guessing) with a Peukert of 1.27, the Peukert corrected load the battery sees (at 75-80F) would be...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-18-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 883
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Inverter/charger ????

Fans such as Hella, Caframo & cheap truckers fans can be run on 12V DC. They draw multiples less current than a home fan run through an inverter.

Many CPAP's can also be run on DC but you may...
Forum: Electronics 12-15-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 918
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: iPad 4 as a GPS ?

Just came back from the BVI and brought a Garmin hand held, GPS MAP 378, an iPhone 6 Plus and an iPad Air both running Navionics and Garmin Blue Chart Mobile.. Here's how it went down in the...
Forum: Engines 12-01-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 1,482
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Using Diesel To Charge Batteries

This topic always gives me a chuckle especially when I work on so many engines with 10,000+ hours of "light loading".

#1 If you need to charge and have no other means then by all means RUN THE...
Forum: Electric/Hybrid 12-01-2014
Replies: 54
Views: 1,542
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Help planning electric engine conversion

Not at all. Cell prices have barely moved in the last 4 years. What has changed as the cells have gotten better CALB CA and CAM series and the prices have remained stable.

If you compare them to...
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