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Search: Posts Made By: prroots
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-02-2012
Replies: 59
Views: 11,531
Posted By prroots
Re: Best solar panels for the buck

Thanks.

Today I called Morningstar about the overcharging issue when running both solar and battery charger. Steve gave, what I believe, is the perfect solution. Turns out the Morningstar Tristar...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-30-2012
Replies: 59
Views: 11,531
Posted By prroots
Re: Best solar panels for the buck

Thanks. Everything is working fine. It's just that our Morningstar Tristar MPPT-45 solar controller is designed to start a new cycle (ie, bulk, absorption, and float) each day. That makes sense when...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-29-2012
Replies: 59
Views: 11,531
Posted By prroots
Re: Best solar panels for the buck

We ended up staying at a slip with shore power available. We just decided to disconnect panels from solar controller because our Morningstar MPPT controller was starting each day out in the bulk...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-13-2012
Replies: 59
Views: 11,531
Posted By prroots
Re: Best solar panels for the buck

We're getting ready to put the boat on the hard for the hurricane season. What to do with the panels? We'll leave them in place, but should we cover them to prevent collection or simply disconnect...
Forum: Beneteau 04-24-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 4,474
Posted By prroots
Re: Looking to purchase Beneteau Oceanis 411

We have a 411. Send an email to kd4p-at-yahoo-com if interested
Pete
Forum: Electronics 03-09-2012
Replies: 123
Views: 17,740
Posted By prroots
Re: Tablet computer for Navigation

I think the development of MX Mariner is explained here:
Android Development Underway - Page 4 - Cruisers & Sailing Forums...
Forum: Living Aboard 03-08-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 2,084
Posted By prroots
Re: Best readily available soap

We wonder if anyone has other recommendations?
Pete
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-26-2012
Replies: 59
Views: 11,531
Posted By prroots
I think I've come up with a test method that...

I think I've come up with a test method that might allow me to more accurately compare series and parallel modes of operation. At intervals of approximately 30 minutes I switch back and forth between...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-23-2012
Replies: 2
Views: 474
Posted By prroots
Thanks for the comprehensive review. We draw just...

Thanks for the comprehensive review. We draw just under 5 feet
Pete
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-23-2012
Replies: 2
Views: 474
Posted By prroots
Bahamas cruising areas - recommendations please

We are expecting guests for a duration of 1 week. They land and depart from Nassau. We would like recommendations for a cruising ground for this period. We have a Beneteau 411. Thanks
Pete
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-11-2012
Replies: 59
Views: 11,531
Posted By prroots
For those interested here are the 31 variables...

For those interested here are the 31 variables that may be collected:
Pete
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-11-2012
Replies: 59
Views: 11,531
Posted By prroots
Our Morningside TriStar MPPT 45 includes a...

Our Morningside TriStar MPPT 45 includes a built-in data acquisition system with 31 different variables that may be captured in real-time; pretty amazing::) A free PC program is available to capture,...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-11-2012
Replies: 59
Views: 11,531
Posted By prroots
After redoing my wiring to make it easy to switch...

After redoing my wiring to make it easy to switch back and forth between parallel and series we finally have a clear sky for awhile. Here is a graph showing the power in both conditions. The lowest...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-04-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 764
Posted By prroots
Best LED bulbs for the buck

I hope to replace the halogen bulbs in my overhead fixtures with LEDs. I've determined that the present bulb is an Ancor 529361 (G4 BI-PIN Base, 12V, 5W, 0.42A, 5CP)

I've seen Marinebeam bulbs for...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-03-2012
Replies: 59
Views: 11,531
Posted By prroots
Thanks. I just picked up a very thin wall, white...

Thanks. I just picked up a very thin wall, white plastic bilge pump hose with the ideal ID for my 8AWG/duplex wire (flat 5/8"wide). It's white and very flexible. I'll be happy if it also lasts for 5...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-01-2012
Replies: 59
Views: 11,531
Posted By prroots
Thanks, interesting! Wonder if it comes with...

Thanks, interesting! Wonder if it comes with 5/8-3/4" ID?
Pete
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-01-2012
Replies: 59
Views: 11,531
Posted By prroots
Can anyone recommend some type of flexible...

Can anyone recommend some type of flexible conduit to protect our AWG 8/2 (conductor) wire from the UV? The cable itself is flat and about 5/8" wide. Thanks
Pete
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-19-2012
Replies: 59
Views: 11,531
Posted By prroots
Now you tell me, LOL! I have come up with some...

Now you tell me, LOL! I have come up with some improvements to the tilt lock which I'll document once implemented. According to the new concept the tilt lock pin will pass through holes in stainless...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-19-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 721
Posted By prroots
Best inverter for the buck

I'm in the process of installing a 400 Watt solar system with MPPT controller. This system, hopefully, justifies the installation of an inverter. It should be capable of running our microwave. I...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-19-2012
Replies: 59
Views: 11,531
Posted By prroots
My Morningstar Tristar MPPT 45 controller arrived...

My Morningstar Tristar MPPT 45 controller arrived yesterday. I'm really impressed by its construction and features. It has a maximum PV (input) voltage rating of 150 Volts and maximum PV (input)...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-19-2012
Replies: 59
Views: 11,531
Posted By prroots
Thanks. It looks totally appropriate for this...

Thanks. It looks totally appropriate for this application.
Pete
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-18-2012
Replies: 59
Views: 11,531
Posted By prroots
We checked with the local metals outfit for the...

We checked with the local metals outfit for the best type of aluminum to be used in the construction of the frame for solar panels. They recommended aluminum alloy 6463 bright dipped anodized. They...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-17-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 1,353
Posted By prroots
Thanks for all the feedback. I've decided to go...

Thanks for all the feedback. I've decided to go with two 200 watt solar panels plus charge controller in lieu of the generator. The cost, not counting the solar mount, was essentially the same either...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-17-2012
Replies: 59
Views: 11,531
Posted By prroots
Thanks. Yes, that's true. I should have said...

Thanks. Yes, that's true. I should have said stress rather than weight to account for unbalanced wind loads, etc. For example, when tilted, the bimini and/or dodger might be shielding wind on lower...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-17-2012
Replies: 59
Views: 11,531
Posted By prroots
We're seriously considering rearranging the...

We're seriously considering rearranging the orientation of the two 39" X 58" panels such that they are side-by-side with long dimension of panels oriented fore and aft. This would make the...
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