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Search: Posts Made By: rmeador
Forum: Electrical Systems 6 Hours Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 152
Posted By rmeador
Re: would you buy used AGMs?

Thank you all for the info. I'm not married to the idea of an AGM, and in fact would prefer a flooded or gel battery, but $100/battery seemed like it might be too good to pass up. If I could get...
Forum: Electrical Systems 8 Hours Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 152
Posted By rmeador
would you buy used AGMs?

I need to replace my house bank, which is currently two Group 27s (~110Ah each when new, approximately 0 presently). So I'm looking at golf cart batteries.

I've been presented with an opportunity...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-05-2013
Replies: 40
Views: 2,247
Posted By rmeador
Re: When Lightning Strikes

Sadly I can't directly answer your question, but I'm pretty sure "dead" isn't the answer. I've not heard of a fatality on a sailboat that was struck. There was a sailboat struck at my marina a year...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-05-2013
Replies: 3
Views: 376
Posted By rmeador
hook to hang a lantern

I just bought a very nice hand-crafted hanging oil lamp which I intend to hang above the table in my saloon. Luckily, I have a nice 3/4" thick piece of marine ply in the overhead there which I think...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-23-2013
Replies: 33
Views: 1,367
Posted By rmeador
Re: Boston By Air

I vote Legal Seafood for seafood -- specifically go to their Legal Harborside location (they have several restaurants throughout the city, this is the one on the water with the amazing views).

If...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-12-2013
Replies: 20
Views: 736
Posted By rmeador
Re: Yet another noobish question...

I think the spring line is necessary. I'd worry about a boat that doesn't have at least one led aft to the end of the finger pier. When docking along side a dock instead of in a slip, I have both...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-03-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 587
Posted By rmeador
Re: name that alternator! and other questions

Functional alternator again! Thanks again for your help, everyone.
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-03-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 587
Posted By rmeador
Re: name that alternator! and other questions

I'm not aware of a marine electrical place around here that does this kind of work... they seem to all be the "install new radar" kind of marine electrical places, which I guess actually makes them...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-31-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 587
Posted By rmeador
name that alternator! and other questions

As I previously posted (well over a year ago), my alternator has been on the fritz. I finally decided to do something about it. I pulled it off the engine (a 1979 Perkins 4-108) today and took it...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-04-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 1,119
Posted By rmeador
Re: Shore GFCI trips when plugging in boat

Thank you all for your input... I still haven't had a chance to do any real testing with your recommendations. I do not have any kind of ground isolation (which I assume would be the same as a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-31-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 1,119
Posted By rmeador
Re: Shore GFCI trips when plugging in boat

There are a lot of ideas here that I'll need to test over the weekend. Ebs001, the inverter automatically switches between pass-through of shore power and inverting depending on whether it senses...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-31-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 1,119
Posted By rmeador
Re: Shore GFCI trips when plugging in boat

I do have an oscilloscope (and a logic analyzer, not that it's useful for this -- I'm an electrical engineer!). Are you suggesting that the absence of a voltage between ground and neutral will...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-31-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 1,119
Posted By rmeador
Re: Shore GFCI trips when plugging in boat

Much of my boat's electrical system is original (or at least old), but it appears to be in good shape. The boat was surveyed only 2.5 years ago, and I've also done a decent amount electrical work to...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-31-2013
Replies: 14
Views: 690
Posted By rmeador
Re: Inverter for hot water tank

I'm not a marine professional and I have not read the ABYC standards, but my understanding is that most vented on-demand propane water heaters will comply if they are installed in accordance to the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-30-2013
Replies: 14
Views: 690
Posted By rmeador
Re: Inverter for hot water tank

I'm rather confused... your engine circulates its coolant water through the hot water heater, right? But this isn't hot enough for a shower? I realize that having a raw-water cooled engine will...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-30-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 1,119
Posted By rmeador
Re: Shore GFCI trips when plugging in boat

This is now a moot point, since my boat is back in the water, but I'd still like to know what was going on. The outlet worked fine for other people using it, and I also tried multiple outlets, so I...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-27-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 1,119
Posted By rmeador
Shore GFCI trips when plugging in boat

My boat is on the hard right now for a bottom job. The yard provides power in the form of a standard household 15A outlet with GFCI. Whenever I plug my boat into it, either the GFCI trips or my main...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-16-2013
Replies: 27
Views: 1,979
Posted By rmeador
Re: cut-proof cable for securing dinghy and motor?

I live aboard, so a garage is out of the question :) I'm not thinking the note will resist cutting or grinding... Good try, though.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-16-2013
Replies: 27
Views: 1,979
Posted By rmeador
Re: cut-proof cable for securing dinghy and motor?

Like the first link, Jim. That might be just what I'm looking for. I'm slightly concerned that regular stainless would succumb to bolt cutters pretty easily though. Also, what does the community...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-16-2013
Replies: 27
Views: 1,979
Posted By rmeador
Question cut-proof cable for securing dinghy and motor?

Does anyone know of a good source for some kind of cable and lock for securing my (new!) dinghy and motor? I'd like to secure them to each other, and perhaps also to a dock or my boat. I'd like the...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 03-29-2013
Replies: 14
Views: 9,023
Posted By rmeador
Re: Gulfstar 37's Pro's & Cons

Bene, I have not read the article you refer to, as I am not a subscriber, but I do know that Gulfstar went through three distinct phases (I know a guy who used to work for them, both at the yard and...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 03-29-2013
Replies: 14
Views: 9,023
Posted By rmeador
Re: Gulfstar 37's Pro's & Cons

I've been living aboard a 1979 Gulfstar 37 for about 3 years now in Boston and I love it. She's a surprisingly fast boat, I regularly exceed 8kts and have maintained upwards of 7.5kts for extended...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-26-2013
Replies: 64
Views: 3,338
Posted By rmeador
Re: Is Sailing an Elitist Sport?

I strongly suspect that on most boats, the equipment deterioration is dominated simply by age and maintenance, not use (most boats don't leave the slip all that often). So I think in the general...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-17-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 452
Posted By rmeador
That's unfortunate. I'll do it the old fashioned...

That's unfortunate. I'll do it the old fashioned way. Thanks.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-17-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 452
Posted By rmeador
How to hot coat cetol?

I'm redoing some of my brightwork with Cetol. I know for varnish it is possible to apply coats every 4 hours or so, instead of the recommended 24 hours with sanding in between. I believe this process...
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