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Search: Posts Made By: btrayfors
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 1 Week Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 1,039
Posted By btrayfors
Re: "Callaloo" adrift, no rescue, Jan 4th

There's a Leopard 39 cat of the same name which charters out of the BVI. From their website,

"Based in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, “Callaloo” is a 3 cabin/2 head owners version of the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 463
Posted By btrayfors
Re: House bank

It's a good idea.

Here's what I'd do to provide flexibility and more overall AH:

1. Leave the batteries connected as they are now, but do leave the switch in the BOTH position. Use this for...
Forum: Electrical Systems 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 631
Posted By btrayfors
Re: How long can I leave a cheap 13.2v battery charger connected?

A few thoughts:

1. You could leave the battery connected as long as you want @ 13.2VDC.

2. Problem is, even at 13.2VDC the wet-cell battery will sulfate, though slowly.

3. Your reading of...
Forum: Electronics 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 169
Views: 24,427
Posted By btrayfors
Re: SSB Installation

Good post, Dave. I agree 100%.

Forum: Electrical Systems 12-21-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 618
Posted By btrayfors
Re: Charging three battery banks using ACRs?

Another completely different option is the one I have used on my boat for many years.

I also have a house bank and start battery with an EchoCharge to maintain the start battery. That works just...
Forum: Electronics 11-19-2014
Replies: 169
Views: 24,427
Posted By btrayfors
Re: SSB Installation

Coupla things re: the KISS-SSB system:

1. It works! Literally thousands of satisfied users, including me and my clients. Virtually no complaints among users. Criticism of the unit has mostly...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-19-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 321
Posted By btrayfors
Re: Norcold Refrigeration Problem

Sounds like the frig was running off the batteries for 3 days without any battery charging. That could very well explain the low battery voltage. Even the smallest compressor draws 2.5amps; over...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-15-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 1,729
Posted By btrayfors
Re: Alexseal vs Awlgrip vs one-part paint

If the hull is now the original gelcoat, i.e., not painted, before you decide to paint the topsides take a small area and clean it well, and buff it vigorously for awhile.

Most gelcoat can be...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-27-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 1,484
Posted By btrayfors
Re: Portable Generator

??? You talkin' about the Honda EU2000i ???

It is rated at 2000 watts (16.7 amps @ 120VAC) and it will run a 75 amp battery charger just fine.

No argument about the preference for solar...
Forum: Electronics 08-16-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 536
Posted By btrayfors
Re: Installing SSB


Don't bother (with the outside mounting box for the tuner). Just install it underdeck in a dry location as close to the bottom of the antenna as you can. No need to be paranoid about this....
Forum: Announcements and Suggestions Box 06-12-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 693
Posted By btrayfors
Re: NEW: Now You Can Call the Marine Operator on SSB


AT&T operated three stations in the marine high seas service: WOO in New Jersey (two sites); WOM in Miami; and KMI in Point Reyes, California. All of these were closed in November 1999. ...
Forum: Announcements and Suggestions Box 06-11-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 693
Posted By btrayfors
NEW: Now You Can Call the Marine Operator on SSB

WLO and KLB: Marine HF/SSB Services Now Restored

I am pleased to announce that marine operator services through station WLO in Mobile Alabama and station KLB in the Pacific NW are now both...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-06-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 434
Posted By btrayfors
Re: Hitachi 35 amp Alternator OK for new batteries?


If you have room for them, two 6-volt golf-cart batteries in series would be preferable to two 12-volt batteries in parallel. Virtually no 12-volt batteries are true deep cycle. The...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-05-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 434
Posted By btrayfors
Re: Hitachi 35 amp Alternator OK for new batteries?

Yes, there are several more sophisticated external regulators which could maximize the charging capacity of your alternator. However, they are expensive and, as you seem to depend on solar anyway,...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-26-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 482
Posted By btrayfors
Re: Can you "recondition" an AGM Battery?

Try another charger. Or, temporarily connect it in parallel to another more fully charged battery to "kick start" the charging process.

Many new "smart chargers" won't charge a battery which is...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-15-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 574
Posted By btrayfors
Re: Battery Charging Question

With an EchoCharge there's no need for switching anything.

Wire the starter to the start battery, with it's own ON-OFF switch (the Blue Sea Systems #6006 is a good and inexpensive one).

Forum: Electronics 05-10-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 966
Posted By btrayfors
Re: The bottom line on Ham radio

Keep working at it!

In theory, your radio is capable of receiving SSB and CW signals over a wide frequency range, including HF (3-30 mHz) where most of the marine SSB transmissions take place.
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-01-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 363
Posted By btrayfors
Re: starter wont engage

Check the ground connections. Also, be sure the cables are of adequate size, preferably AWG 1/0.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-30-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,303
Posted By btrayfors
Re: golf cart battery installation

Normally, just one fuse is used for the house bank, located as close to the batteries as possible. ABYC calls for within 7 inches.

For many, the MRBF (terminal) fuses will be very convenient. ...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-26-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 557
Posted By btrayfors
Re: Replacement circuit breaker

Some older boats had 32-volt systems. My first "big" boat, a 35' gaff-rigged ketch, had such a system.

You can also find 24V, 36V and 48V systems on some boats, inter alia.

Forum: Electrical Systems 04-24-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 557
Posted By btrayfors
Re: Replacement circuit breaker

120VAC shorepower cords used in 30A circuits should be 3-wire 10 guage to the boat inlet. The wiring inside the boat should have a CPD device (fuse or breaker) within 10 feet of the incoming...
Forum: Electronics 04-23-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 902
Posted By btrayfors
Re: CB radio with SSB

Have you considered a used marine SSB transceiver? These can be had for approximately $300-700 or so and will do all you want and more. I have several at the moment. PM me if interested.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-20-2014
Replies: 40
Views: 2,188
Posted By btrayfors
Re: Being ANL

As usual, MaineSail has the real poop!

Denise...those Blue Sea fuseholders are not stainless steel....they're nickel-plated copper.

Stainless is a poor conductor of electricity, and one...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-17-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 1,331
Posted By btrayfors
Re: would you buy used AGMs?

After having used T-105 golf carts for more than 20 years, last year in August I replaced all my house batteries with Crown industrial golf-cart batteries. They are rated at 235AH each. I also...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 04-09-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 5,434
Posted By btrayfors
Re: Rebel Heart- Keeping positive

Me, too, Smack...

Problem is, many of those who are loudest in their criticism are neither ocean sailors nor, in some cases, even parents.

I got on the Stephanie Miller show day before...
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