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Search: Posts Made By: transmitterdan
Forum: Electronics 07-17-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 2,966
Posted By transmitterdan
Re: Raymarine SeaTalk Troubleshooting


Sea Talk is a very simple bus. There is only 1 wire (yellow) that contains data. The red wire is constant 12V battery voltage. Black wire is battery minus. The usual cause is some Sea Talk...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-01-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 776
Posted By transmitterdan
Re: sealant for stanchions

I don't know but it is different. His stuff works and the HD/WM junk doesn't.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-21-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 587
Posted By transmitterdan
Re: How to prevent corrosion: SS bolt in Al mast

Tef-Gel and Lanocote are the two most popular. Both are insulators and they are not going to set up or dry out so it is less likely that the screw will get stuck in the threads. Tef-Gel is expensive...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-17-2014
Replies: 50
Views: 6,189
Posted By transmitterdan
Re: Bilge pump non return valve.

Cockpit drains can be plugged by debris (leaves, bugs, etc.). If that happens then you have to ask does the bilge pump system still work?

Most boats won't sink if the cockpit drain is plugged. The...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-15-2014
Replies: 50
Views: 6,189
Posted By transmitterdan
Re: Bilge pump non return valve.

It needs to be a vented loop with the vent as high above the water line when heeled as you can get.

Some people use a big centrifugal pump with inlet a few inches from bottom of bilge. Then a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-15-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 337
Posted By transmitterdan
Re: Attaching Motor Hoist baseplate

Nova Lift is also easy to remove and stow. But probably you won't need to do that very often. The Nova is pretty hard to beat.
Forum: Electronics 06-09-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 585
Posted By transmitterdan
Re: AIS Receiver installation

These blanket statements are not helpful to novices. There isn't anything "bad" about splitters. Some are better than others.

The points against splitters are twofold. First there can be...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-26-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 455
Posted By transmitterdan
Replacement circuit breaker

32VDC is the maximum rating. So it is ok for up to 32V. 12 is less than 32 so it's ok. If it is corroded then replacement is a good idea.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-26-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 455
Posted By transmitterdan
Re: Replacement circuit breaker

It depends on the length of the wires. Fuses are not required at least in the USA in starter circuits.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-26-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 455
Posted By transmitterdan
Re: Replacement circuit breaker

There are breakers rated for DC & AC service. The typical DC voltage is 32 so what you have is a AC/DC rated breaker. If it is working then it should be ok as is. If you want to change it that is ok...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-26-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 537
Posted By transmitterdan
Re: Electrical problem, possibly reverse polarity issue

Wire nuts are unacceptable on boats because the environment is corrosive humidity and spray. Copper corrodes in this environment. All connections must be gas tight and wire nuts don't do that. Proper...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-22-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 537
Posted By transmitterdan
Re: Electrical problem, possibly reverse polarity issue

Reverse polarity doesn't burn wires. What is a "cap I had connecting them"? If you mean a wire nut then that's a problem. Wire nuts on boats are a fire waiting to happen. No disrespect but it sounds...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-17-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 390
Posted By transmitterdan
Re: Low coolant level

Check the heat exchanger. If it is full to the cap then probably the plastic tubing is not making a good seal at the filler neck. A small leak there will empty the overflow bottle in time. A pressure...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-03-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 786
Posted By transmitterdan
Re: Plastic transducer leaking

The threaded ring should not have water under it. There should be two o-rings around the transducer body that seal against the tube and keep the water out. Probably these o-rings need to be replaced....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-17-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1,022
Posted By transmitterdan
Re: Autopilot install with a switch

What kind of pilot is this? Some pilots have an on/off feature that doesn't involve the battery wires. The on/off switch is wired to 2 terminals on the pilot.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-04-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 779
Posted By transmitterdan
Re: Drilling/Tapping Acrylic Lenses

Yes, let the owner do it himself.

Beware of through tapping. The original was not through tapped probably to avoid leaks. A through tap might leak he will need a creative solution. Goop on the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-23-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 503
Posted By transmitterdan
Re: Corroded electrical connectors

Have a look at this page for some ideas.
Forum: P30 04-23-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 975
Posted By transmitterdan
Re: Stuck valves

Some turbos and superchargers can be damaged by synthetic oil as it has different cooling and surface tension properties among other things. Best to use the oil recommended by the engine manufacturer...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-18-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 1,568
Posted By transmitterdan
Re: Things that happen in cruising

I don't know enough about a big cat like this. Is there no way to rig a preventer for extended down wind sailing on such a boat? Our mono has permanently rigged preventers and they are always set...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-18-2013
Replies: 277
Views: 26,636
Posted By transmitterdan
Re: Smackdaddy Update

Dear Steve and family,

There are no words that can ease the unimaginable pain. May our prayers lift you up and send strength to you and your family.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-18-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 881
Posted By transmitterdan
Re: Raymarine Pathfinder RL70C Fascia Cover

I have one of these too. The glass fell out of the unit so I looked it over pretty close before using a couple small dabs of RTV to hold it in place. It is just a piece of glass with an anti-glare...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-10-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 442
Posted By transmitterdan
Re: Noisy Raymarine ST6001


Suggest asking over on the new Raymarine tech support forum:

Raymarine Technical Forum (

They give prompt and accurate answers in my experience.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-03-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 1,065
Posted By transmitterdan
Re: Wd40

Yes, McLube works great on sail track. It dries quickly and doesn't make a mess. I put it on the main sail slides about once a month and they always go up and down the track effortlessly.

I found...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-24-2013
Replies: 31
Views: 2,096
Posted By transmitterdan
Re: Very odd odor

Onion smells often grow in the fresh water system. The hot water tank can be an incubator. I don't know what the bug is but it will grow in the water tanks. Drain and then use Peggy Hall's...
Forum: Diesel 01-23-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 1,418
Posted By transmitterdan
Re: In reverse while sailing?

The pressure on the gearbox internal parts causes damage. But do not confuse the gearbox and engine. The engine is not concerned with this issue of sailing in or out of gear. So you can still have a...
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