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Search: Posts Made By: copacabana
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 939
Posted By copacabana
Re: Rowing Dink?

There is a lot to be said for a good rowing dinghy. I was in a similar position about a year ago and looked into all kinds of plans for building a hard dinghy. In the end I chose Danny Green's...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 57
Views: 5,213
Posted By copacabana
Re: Drinkingwater while cruising?

I think if you have the option of adding more tankage for water, so much the better. The trade off is that you have to fill those tanks somehow. This will mean lugging jerry cans at times. It should...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 04-05-2015
Replies: 238
Views: 17,518
Posted By copacabana
Re: My newest project

Bob, another beautiful boat! Congratulations!! I'm curious about the same owner building 4 of them though. What's he going to do with the other 3? (I'll take one off his hands!!)
Forum: Diesel 04-03-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 972
Posted By copacabana
Re: Yanmar GM30 Hard to start

My 3GM30 with 2,500 hours starts cold in a few seconds in idle RPM in hot or cold weather (winter here can get fresh, but hardly cold- maybe 15 degrees celcius). I've never had to to give it throttle...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-30-2015
Replies: 79
Views: 5,475
Posted By copacabana
Re: Solar upgrade and energy questions... Help!

I thought I'd post a short update on my new fridge and energy consumption. I installed the new Engel fridge, but haven't yet installed the new solar panels and battery. I'm still using the two 45w...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-23-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 598
Posted By copacabana
Re: simple battery math, and charging

But wouldn't you fry anything running off the batteries if you switched to 24v to charge?
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-24-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 467
Posted By copacabana
Re: Do I need a voltage regulator for my new Engel fridge?

Thanks for the replies. I have a solar controller, so I don't think there will be any high voltage coming from the panels. I'll contact Engel, but I wanted to hear from other owners first as...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-24-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 467
Posted By copacabana
Do I need a voltage regulator for my new Engel fridge?

I am about to install my new Engel fridge (MB40 drop-in model) and I came across something in the manual that left me a bit confused. They say to connect the fridge directly to the battery (with a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-24-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 1,049
Posted By copacabana
Re: Interior upholstery - need inspiration

If you have a lot of wood inside and want to brighten up the interior, a pale colour for upholstry can be nice. My boat is done in a cream colour that offsets the light wood nicely. The only thing is...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 02-16-2015
Replies: 26
Views: 1,936
Posted By copacabana
Re: Port suggestions? Where would you keep a boat; anywhere in the world?

Brazil. No tropical storm season, year-round sailing, beautiful coastline, great food, nice people... and did I mention the girls? :)
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-01-2015
Replies: 43
Views: 2,052
Posted By copacabana
Re: Refrigerator Box Design

Tom, if the budget allows, you might want to look at the Engel drop-in 40qt fridge-freezers (they go for about 900 bucks).

Engel MB40 Drop-In...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-01-2015
Replies: 42
Views: 2,230
Posted By copacabana
Re: Steering cable replacement, SS, hi-tech line or what?

Paul, it shouldn't cost very much to make a new pair of cables. I just did mine for under 100 bucks. Take off the old ones and bring them to a rigging shop. Mine were crimped at one end (the end...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-09-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 614
Posted By copacabana
Re: Whole lotta shakin' goin' on revisted, Part 6

Thanks for the update Skip!



Siamese, why comment?
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-04-2014
Replies: 30
Views: 1,398
Posted By copacabana
Re: monocrystalline vs plycrystalline solar panels

Thanks Mitiempo. I figure I can go 2 days without charging, but I think with the 400w of solar, even on cloudy days I'll be getting some juice from the panels stretching it to perhaps 3 days. Ideally...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-04-2014
Replies: 30
Views: 1,398
Posted By copacabana
Re: monocrystalline vs plycrystalline solar panels

I know!! It's not an option right now as I can't get 6v golf cart batteries here for reasonable price. The Trojan 6v 220a batteries are about USD500 each here! :eek: Besides, with my low amp...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-04-2014
Replies: 30
Views: 1,398
Posted By copacabana
Re: monocrystalline vs plycrystalline solar panels

Mitiempo, just a quick question as I'm also wondering about the benefits of an MPPT controller for my setup as well. I'll have about 400w solar power charging a single 220a battery. My consumption...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-01-2014
Replies: 79
Views: 5,475
Posted By copacabana
Re: Solar upgrade and energy questions... Help!

Newhaul, If I'm reading the chart correctly, in a 30c environment and running the fridge as a reefer (setting 1, just above freezing) it uses 1 amp/hour and runs 34% of the time. Wouldn't that be...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-30-2014
Replies: 79
Views: 5,475
Posted By copacabana
Re: Solar upgrade and energy questions... Help!

Ron, the Engel fridges have a loyal following who rave about their low power consumption and reliability. That's why I ended up buying one and not building a box and installing a cooling unit. They...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-30-2014
Replies: 79
Views: 5,475
Posted By copacabana
Re: Solar upgrade and energy questions... Help!

Thanks Mbianka. I've just bought the Engel MB40 and I hope to see the same results when I get my new panels installed. My current setup (2 x 45w) covers my current needs, but the new fridge will need...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-30-2014
Replies: 79
Views: 5,475
Posted By copacabana
Re: Solar upgrade and energy questions... Help!

Mbianka, I can't find the Renogy panels here in Brazil, but if I could they would be my first choice. Any idea how many amps per day your Engel fridges use? Which models do you have?
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-29-2014
Replies: 79
Views: 5,475
Posted By copacabana
Re: Solar upgrade and energy questions... Help!

Just a quick update! I'm getting ready to fly to Montreal for xmas and to pick up my Engel drop-in fridge. I still haven't decided on which solar panels to go with. I have found some cheaper 150w...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-24-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 1,015
Posted By copacabana
Re: LD light strips

Mine are going on 3 years and still working like a charm. I believe the technology improves very quickly- the latest ones I installed seem much better than the first ones I bought 3 years ago. The...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 11-08-2014
Replies: 44
Views: 2,493
Posted By copacabana
Re: How crazy would I be to...

Can't you bring a battery to the boat to start the engine? Bring a mechanic to evaluate the engine when you do. The Yanmar 2gm is an 18hp engine and should be enough for a 32ft boat, unless it's a...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 11-08-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 922
Posted By copacabana
Re: What do you read thats...

This is a book I thoroughly enjoyed:

The Water in Between: A Journey at Sea: Kevin Patterson: 9780385498845: Amazon.com:...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-04-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 3,385
Posted By copacabana
Re: How frequently Do You Change Your Raw Water Impeller?

Once a year. The old ones go into the "spares" box.
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