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Search: Posts Made By: mitiempo
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Days Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 716
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Inverter/charger ????

Charger only, no inverter at this time.

If I was to install an inverter to run a microwave it would be a 2000 watt sine wave.

One other issue is that an inverter needs a large battery bank if...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Days Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 716
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Inverter/charger ????

Keep in mind that the wattage listed as cooking power of a microwave is not the AC power it uses. A 700 watt microwave consumes about 1150 watts AC. They also work a lot better with a pure sine wave...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,633
Posted By mitiempo
Re: LED upgrade?

The Dr Led bulbs are apparently approved but only for Aqua Signal series 25 and 40 fixtures - anchor, port, and starboard lights.

Dr Led bought Aqua Signal fixtures and had them certified with...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 510
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Force 10 Igniter issue

The battery should be below the stove on the right side facing the inside at the front. Single AA battery.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 76
Views: 3,767
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Solar upgrade and energy questions... Help!

Unfortunately drilling holes would void the warranty.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 2,201
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Black Water Thru-Hull Location

Here are the links to Mainesail's how-to:

Seacock & Thru-Hull Primer/Pre Information Photo Gallery by Compass Marine How To at (
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-27-2014
Replies: 609
Views: 44,185
Posted By mitiempo
Re: I hate boats...

What I don't understand is why an anti-siphon tube from an exhaust elbow exits through the hull side. I have seen several installations where it exits in the cockpit (over a drain) where it spits a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-26-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 425
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Rewiring US Yacht 25

I use a bus for the negative wires. It keeps the panel neater.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-07-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 760
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Holes.... Everywhere, holes...

There is zero reason to gelcoat if you are going to paint. There is at least one reason not to gelcoat - it doesn't stick well to epoxy.

Cover the filled holes with neat epoxy as posted. Sand,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-03-2014
Replies: 272
Views: 22,102
Posted By mitiempo
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

A professional marine electrician hasn't been on that boat.

I spend a lot of time sorting out problems caused by people who cheap out on wire, connectors, heat shrink and planning or who just do...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-03-2014
Replies: 62
Views: 2,534
Posted By mitiempo
Re: High out put alternator

An ACR is a very simple 3 wire installation. Positive to each battery (large cables) and a negative small wire. It is totally automatic - parallels the battery banks when a charging current is...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-19-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 3,312
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Lexan/polycarbonate vs acrylic

From Select Plastics, the largest hatch rebuilder in the world. Home (
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-15-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 835
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Setting up a 24v solar charging system

The Genasun boost controllers will charge your 24 volt system.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-09-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 525
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Engine vent air valve?

Gladrags is correct. You need 2 vents, one for intake air and the other an output from the fan. They have to be dedicated to that use. A surveyor wouldn't pass what you plan to do nor would the Coast...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-06-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 1,185
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Vented loop vent confusion/waste system sanity check

There is really no reason for any "Y" valve in a head system. The simpler solution is from head to tank to a "T", one side of which goes to the deck fitting and the other to the macerator and through...
Forum: Engines 07-30-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 509
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Help! 3GMD won't start.

Glad to hear that. Probably just needs bleeding as Paul said.
Forum: Introduce Yourself 07-23-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 463
Posted By mitiempo
Re: New here and have a question

The cutless bearing is the brass bearing where the shaft exits the hull. Normal maintenance but will probably require the shaft to be removed to replace it.

Same with the exhaust elbow. They...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-19-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 425
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Rewiring US Yacht 25

If the outboard charges I would get an ACR. If you will be adding solar the ACR makes sense as well. If the AC charger will be the only method of charging most good marine chargers will charge at...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-02-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 2,429
Posted By mitiempo
Re: solar recommendations

That is a bit pricy. I sell a 100 watt flexible panel with the same output for $399 Cdn. 85 watt aluminum framed for $299 Cdn.

Here is a better source: 1 to 100 Watt Solar Electric Panels...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-16-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 1,097
Posted By mitiempo
Re: bottom paint prep

Ablative can go on over hard paint. Hard paint cannot go on over ablative.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-18-2014
Replies: 272
Views: 22,102
Posted By mitiempo
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

I think the GC batteries made by Deka/East Penn, Crown, or US battery are good alternatives to the more expensive Trojans. I think from Mainesail's posts that the ones at Sams Club under the Duracell...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-07-2014
Replies: 30
Views: 996
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Shroud clips, oversized or undersized?

The wire, thimble, and sleeves are good. They don't say much about the swaging tool but if it is of reasonable quality it should work.
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-06-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 435
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Electrolysis When on a Mooring

I would guess the bilge pump to be the most likely cause as well. Check all connections and re-do any iffy ones - if not all - and heat shrink. Keep all connections above the water level if possible.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-29-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 437
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Aluminum fuel tank fittings

Try Luther's Welding in Bristol, Rhode Island. ph 401-253-5550

That is where Mainesail got his fittings. Replacing A Fuel Tank Photo Gallery by Compass Marine How To at
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-24-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 531
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Replacement circuit breaker

Blue Seas offers the type of breaker you linked to in 25, 30, and 40 amp sizes.
285-Series - Blue Sea Systems (

The fuse or...
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