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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-07-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 1,237
Posted By Irunbird
Re: anyone else suffer with underwear malfunctions?

I think that's just the nature of the beast.. the sailing environment (wet) is generally different than the work environment (for me at least, is quite dry). Wearing an under-fouly garment that's not...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   09-29-2015
Replies: 107
Views: 4,501
Posted By Irunbird
Re: Your Onboard Coffee Fix

Pretty simple, really - I bought several plastic press-pots for a buddie's boat (anywhere from 6-14 crew) and just dumped grinds into a paper towel, threw them out a port window (we were racing in...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   09-29-2015
Replies: 107
Views: 4,501
Posted By Irunbird
Re: Your Onboard Coffee Fix

Agree with fuzzy above- it all boils down to what you like and what's available to you in terms of technology. I've been a home roaster since the mid-80's, so I tend to be a bit picky, but the brew...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-22-2015
Replies: 62
Views: 3,058
Posted By Irunbird
Re: Compromises

David- I love this thread. My wife and I are going through pretty much the same process, but our timeline may be a bit further down the road than yours- I don't think we're going to be seriously...
Forum: Electric/Hybrid   08-12-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 1,736
Posted By Irunbird
Re: Battery choices for offshore use

Ah- picture is worth a thousand words. Thank you!
Forum: Electric/Hybrid   08-12-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 1,736
Posted By Irunbird
Re: Battery choices for offshore use

We should be ok. I've got a spare AGM on the boat right now (smaller group 24) that's new, but I will probably get the Lifelines sometime this coming November-December once this charging system is up...
Forum: Electric/Hybrid   08-12-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 1,736
Posted By Irunbird
Re: Battery choices for offshore use

That's what I'm thinking. The 10 gauge wire is between charger and each battery bank (with a 35 amp fuse in each).

I may have been a bit confused with Mainesails instructions as it looks like he...
Forum: Electric/Hybrid   08-11-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 1,736
Posted By Irunbird
Re: Battery choices for offshore use

Quick update- the batteries came back from charging at about 90% charge (these are the 4 6v wet cell batteries), and I'm going to use them for at least the next year or two, if they last that long....
Forum: Electronics   08-07-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 1,070
Posted By Irunbird
Re: Raymarine Service

So Raymarine has a facebook page.. I see 4 different ones, which would be interesting. I've had mixed results with them, but mostly get good service. Their products certainly seem to be incredibly...
Forum: Electric/Hybrid   08-06-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 1,736
Posted By Irunbird
Re: Battery choices for offshore use

Thanks, Overboard- I just checked into the Firefly's here too, and after shipping comes to about $1000 for two group 31 batteries.. I'll look into the Lifelines and see what would work. The more I've...
Forum: Electric/Hybrid   08-03-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 1,736
Posted By Irunbird
Re: Battery choices for offshore use

As long as you get a good mppt controller, the 100w panel Renogy makes should be able to both recharge and keep them topped up. I bought the Genasun gv-10, which I believe is rated up to 140 watts...
Forum: Electric/Hybrid   08-03-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 1,736
Posted By Irunbird
Re: Battery choices for offshore use

Yep- this is a temporary measure to appease my sweetie since I just ordered >$400 worth of stuff (new Sterling 30 amp charger and a Victron battery monitor). I have to piece things out or she won't...
Forum: Electric/Hybrid   08-03-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 1,736
Posted By Irunbird
Re: Battery choices for offshore use

I have the day off today, so I took two of the wet cell Deka's (the worse of the two) to a battery distributor (a company called Safe Start over in St Pete) and they think since they are fairly new...
Forum: Electric/Hybrid   08-02-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 1,736
Posted By Irunbird
Re: Battery choices for offshore use

Part of my problem is/was having used a cheap car charger (which I know now is a no-no), and I'll probably get one that will be dedicated to the boat and not live on the shelf in the garage. I also...
Forum: Electric/Hybrid   08-01-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 1,736
Posted By Irunbird
Re: Battery choices for offshore use

Trust me, that ain't gonna happen again! I may be a slow learner, but I'm not that slow! Now that we've settled into somewhat of a routine here, I've got time to properly take care of all the stuff...
Forum: Electric/Hybrid   08-01-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 1,736
Posted By Irunbird
Re: Battery choices for offshore use

Nope- no refrigeration, no a/c, none of that. This is a really simple boat- all nav lights are led's, plotter is Raymarine e7D, all instruments are new Raymarine but I do have a power hungry-ish...
Forum: Electric/Hybrid   07-31-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 1,736
Posted By Irunbird
Re: Battery choices for offshore use

Yeah- not necessarily the best, but it would be great to get 5 years out of the next set assuming, of course, that I take care of them. Does anyone know if Costco/Sam's Club offers a rebranded AGM of...
Forum: Electric/Hybrid   07-31-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 1,736
Posted By Irunbird
Re: Battery choices for offshore use

I was kind of hoping to avoid going the 6v route again and see if I could get away with two larger (like group 31's), which could give me a total of a bit over 200 ah's, right? I'll go look at prices...
Forum: Electric/Hybrid   07-31-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 1,736
Posted By Irunbird
Battery choices for offshore use

Hi, folks- I have a little confession to make here; I killed 4 perfectly good Deka GC-10 batteries after not quite 2 years of use (and neglect). We moved and put the boat in storage and it took me a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-12-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 3,035
Posted By Irunbird
Re: Anchor question

I almost hate to ask this, but I've been wondering about this myself.. We own a 30' lightweight boat (Olson 30- about 4200 lbs all up) and I think the anchor is a galvanized steel Danforth. I believe...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   06-23-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 3,228
Posted By Irunbird
Re: Tethering singlehanded

Hey, Aaron- maybe practice makes perfect? One thing about jacklines running forward- they really should be tight and with quite a few twists (so you can easily pick them up to clip on with the other...
Forum: Weather   05-28-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 1,524
Posted By Irunbird
Re: New Marine Weather Site

Yep, agree with all others.. I enter "Tampa, Fl" and get lots of Maine and North Carolina hits, but nothing in Florida. I entered "33617" (my zip code) and see the same results...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-28-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 2,620
Posted By Irunbird
Re: Why Going Aloft On A Shackle Is A Bad Idea

Couldn't agree more. I use either a Petzel climbing harness or bosuns chair (depending on how long I'm going to be up there), but always tie bowlines in each of two lines when going up. I have both...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-28-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 631
Posted By Irunbird
Re: Bowsprit sizing question

I was speaking with a sailmaker here in Tampa (I'm thinking of doing something similar, just no furler) and he mentioned that I could add 10% of my "J" (which is almost 12' in my case) with minimal...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-22-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 847
Posted By Irunbird
Re: Indy Canvas Charleston, SC Unprofessional Unresponsive

I had a very similar experience with Indy Canvas, but I lived in Charleston at the time. I knew another boat (Swan 56) and he did really good work outfitting that with two dodgers and a bimini, so...
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