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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-24-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 2,565
Posted By fmueller
Re: Sailboat hits Power Line in Cocoa, Florida!

I appreciate your links, but I remain skeptical. Just because a captain says he didn't hit the wires, doesn't make it so.

I don't doubt a high voltage AC line could initiate an arc over several...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-23-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 2,565
Posted By fmueller
Re: Sailboat hits Power Line in Cocoa, Florida!

I don't think k even a 110kv line could start an arc across any appreciable distance in air. The line relays have large gaps because they have to extinguish an arc that started when the gap was...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-07-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 591
Posted By fmueller
Anyone recognize this Auto Pilot?

We are toying with adding a tiller pilot type auto pilot this year to make single handing a bit easier. We sail a 30 ft Dufour Arpege which has hank on sails so going forward to raise the jib when...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-04-2014
Replies: 30
Views: 2,393
Posted By fmueller
Re: A GOOD multimeter (that won't break the bank)

Most of the meters with clip on ammeters only read AC current with the clamp.
Those that do DC current also are expensive.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-08-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 3,577
Posted By fmueller
Re: solar recommendations

Poly and thin film are two different things. Thin film are, in fact, more tolerant of diffuse radiation, though they have lower performance overall.

On any Mono or poly crystalline module, shading...
Forum: Diesel   06-04-2014
Replies: 1
Views: 440
Posted By fmueller
Rough running

Our boat has a Westerbeke 20B30 diesel. Has been well maintaned, starts easily, never smokes and generally runs well.

Buy it certainly has speeds where it seems to run better than others and I...
Forum: Introduce Yourself   05-29-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 370
Posted By fmueller
Re: Hello from Coastal Downeast Maine!

Welcome. We were up in MDI this weekend and were reminded of just how beautiful it is. Haven't sailed there yet, but hope to in the next few years.

Sent from my XT1060 using Tapatalk
Forum: Beneteau   05-26-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 2,261
Posted By fmueller
Re: Sailing ... transmission in reverse?

This is incorrect. Their is no reason a spinning prop would create more drag than a fixed one (except folding props of course). The opposite is almost certainly true.

Sent from my XT1060 using...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-15-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 2,147
Posted By fmueller
Re: Raw Water pump leak

Thanks for all the advice.

Sounds like doing nothing is a bad idea.

A new pump from Depco is $470.
The rebuild kit is $191.

as much as I prefer not to, I think I'll be going the rebuild...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-14-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 2,147
Posted By fmueller
Re: Raw Water pump leak

Is there a forum specific to 49 year old French boats? Probably not. In any case this boat was repowered so the motor isn't original. The water pump is westerbeke 033636, which I understand has been...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-14-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 2,147
Posted By fmueller
Re: Raw Water pump leak

Is there a reasonable source for less expensive alternatives? Or does anyone sell remanufactured pumps?

I don't mind doing the rebuild if need be bit hate to do it during the sailing season.
...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-13-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 2,147
Posted By fmueller
Re: Raw Water pump leak

Can I replace the lip seal without removing the pump from the engine or does this require a complete pump rebuild(bearings and oil seal too)?


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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-13-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 2,147
Posted By fmueller
Raw Water pump leak

After replacing my raw water pump impeller before launch this spring I noticed we have a slow drip from the pump when it is running. I thought it was the pump cover gasket but have now discovered...
Forum: Diesel   05-09-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 2,112
Posted By fmueller
Re: How often to change impeller?

We only put about 50 hours a year on the motor too, but change the impeller every year. As others have said, once you open it up to inspect it, you might as well replace it. This year i found a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-20-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 1,158
Posted By fmueller
Re: Soler Panel help how many watts?

In the summer months in Utah, an unshaded solar panel mounted horizontally will generate an average about 5 W-hr per rated watt per day.

In other words, your 30 W panel, will give you about 150...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   02-02-2013
Replies: 39
Views: 4,708
Posted By fmueller
Progressive

neither my home or auto insurance provider would even give me a quote for our boat because of its age. 1969.

I ended up using Progressive and it was easy and fairly priced. Got an instant quote...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-27-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 2,317
Posted By fmueller
We share our dufour arpege with some friends of...

We share our dufour arpege with some friends of ours and it works great for us. It is legally my boat, but we treat one another as equal partners and share the annual expenses evenly. Capital...
Forum: Introduce Yourself   12-01-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 342
Posted By fmueller
Hi David, Nancy, Welcome. I also sail out...

Hi David, Nancy,

Welcome.
I also sail out of South Freeport, though this past year was my first one with a boat of my own. Since we have as couple toddlers at home, I didn't get to do as much...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-25-2012
Replies: 33
Views: 5,852
Posted By fmueller
Winter under a tarp

Hey All,

I'm looking for opinions about wintering under a tarp rather than shrinkwrap. We are in Maine and it seems like atleast 90% of the sailboats I see are shrinkwrapped in the winter (and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-15-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 623
Posted By fmueller
Re: solar help

What kind of panel?
Under what conditions?
and how are you measuring the amperage? under load? shorted?

The voltage sounds awfully low for an open circuit voltage for pretty much any panel you'd...
Forum: Electrical Systems   06-07-2012
Replies: 18
Views: 940
Posted By fmueller
Re: Residential Energy Credits

I don't know much about sailboats, but I do know something about solar:

The distinction here is between the FEDERAL tax credits on one hand and the various STATE and UTILITY rebate programs which...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-01-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 1,388
Posted By fmueller
tying off the tiller at the slip

Maybe this is a dumb question but I haven't seen it answered anywhere. Is there a reason the tiller should be tied off amidships when at a slip?

That's the way I've always done it and what i've...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-14-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 414
Posted By fmueller
Re: Fuse in lighting bond circuit

hmmm...my photo didn't load. I included a link to the photo on drop box but that didn't seem to work.

does this:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/l4lg721jf20jrxt/2012-05-11%2017.17.24.jpg


thanks...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-14-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 414
Posted By fmueller
Fuse in lighting bond circuit

Hello,

I'm in the process of replacing a badly frayed copper braided wire that runs from the backstay to one of the keep bolts on my 1969 Arpege. I understand that this is the bond/ground for the...
Forum: Introduce Yourself   05-08-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 395
Posted By fmueller
Re: Newbie w/a project already!

Sara,

Have you seen the 'active captain' site?

I think a lot of the kind of information you list is there and in a pretty good format (not to mention some useful sailing tools too).
...
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