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Search: Posts Made By: asdf38
Forum: Electric/Hybrid 03-04-2014
Replies: 64
Views: 2,634
Posted By asdf38
Re: Repowering with an electric engine?

I mean you can't "recharge" your fuel tank. You have to pull up to a specialized station to fill up - something that's already impossible in remote areas or offshore.

So if the energy storage...
Forum: Electric/Hybrid 03-02-2014
Replies: 64
Views: 2,634
Posted By asdf38
Re: Repowering with an electric engine?

Nice thread.

It's a bummer because electric motor and controller technology is well developed. The motor controllers have taken advantage of continuous development in the semiconductor industry...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-14-2013
Replies: 25
Views: 1,634
Posted By asdf38
Re: Replacing Head Plumbing

What do you mean when you say white versus black? I don't think there is a distinction to be made based on color alone - Trident Sani Shield comes in both...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-14-2013
Replies: 332
Views: 101,618
Posted By asdf38
Re: Bedding Deck Hardware With Butyl Tape

If the plates are bolted externally what are you sealing from? Just the bolt holes? I don't see the UV exposure. If so then I would put butyl under the chain plates around the holes and under the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-11-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 415
Posted By asdf38
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-08-2013
Replies: 24
Views: 1,028
Posted By asdf38
Re: Heat Shrink Terminals

They're expensive but west marine and other locations do sell them in small quantities. You pay over $1 each but oh well, that's how it goes with boats.

McMaster also sells heat shrink terminals...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-08-2013
Replies: 29
Views: 1,475
Posted By asdf38
Re: Handheld GPS differences

Touchscreen concerns me although some quick research suggests it's resistive. Does anyone know for sure?

Resistive should continue working with gloved hands and after getting soaked. Capacitive...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-04-2013
Replies: 19
Views: 738
Posted By asdf38
Re: My Manual Bilge Pump is Useless

I have an inspection plate (screw on type) in that area and it's quite useful. If it leaks it doesn't leak much. This year I went 2 months without enough water to prime my bilge pump. The...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-01-2013
Replies: 74
Views: 6,153
Posted By asdf38
Re: What is the best way to Tarp a sailboat for winter

Thanks for the link. They are $20 cheaper than Tarps Plus (for 20'x30') where I went last time so I'm giving them a try

I used the same silver tarp and I was happy with it although I only got...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-01-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 459
Posted By asdf38
Re: To do it myself or not ?

You didn't mention the boat or engine, but I'll guess anyway for fun - assuming its a normal 25-40' boat I think you're in the $2k territory within +/- 300%.

That's what I'd expect for my boat...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-31-2013
Replies: 74
Views: 6,153
Posted By asdf38
Re: What is the best way to Tarp a sailboat for winter

This isn't quite the right thread for this but what are thoughts about leaving batteries in over winter?

Now that I have a proper solar panel and controller I was considering leaving the batteries...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-30-2013
Replies: 74
Views: 6,153
Posted By asdf38
Re: What is the best way to Tarp a sailboat for winter

I've tarped mast up and mast down. It's a hell of a lot easier down.

When the mast was up I used two tarps with sawhorses out of 2x4's as necessary.

Build the frame high to shed the snow. ...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-30-2013
Replies: 29
Views: 1,475
Posted By asdf38
Re: Handheld GPS differences

I've got a Garmin 78 with the Garmin charts mounted in the cabin on a swinging mount so it swings out to be visible from the cockpit. This is a nice overall setup. I think it's especially important...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-29-2013
Replies: 38
Views: 2,117
Posted By asdf38
Re: pail

My shackle is ceased shut and I was about to pry it open when it occurred to me that I should probably have monel ceasing wire on hand to secure it in the future. Well I haven't gotten that yet so...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-23-2013
Replies: 26
Views: 3,144
Posted By asdf38
Re: 2 stroke inboard

One of the advantages of two-stroke is weight. For inboards weight is less of a goal (they're lower and don't get moved by hand). But there have been a number of them. Lots of Contessa's shipped...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-22-2013
Replies: 14
Views: 711
Posted By asdf38
Re: Do I need a battery charger?

Genasun makes a nice line of smaller ones. This is what I have.

Genasun GV-4-Pb-12V, 4A MPPT controller for 12V Lead Acid Batteries...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-21-2013
Replies: 14
Views: 711
Posted By asdf38
Re: Do I need a battery charger?

1.5W?

That's nothing. For ~$100 you can get a 20W panel and a "real" MPPT controller.

1.5W is not worth the effort. If you really want a lighter plug controllerless solution you can go to ~5W...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-18-2013
Replies: 174
Views: 11,160
Posted By asdf38
Re: Embedded Chain plate maint/replacement

All of them!

I'll also plug for Milwaukee. The M12 line has a lot of tools which have been indispensable for me on the boat - Multi-Tool (which also sands), Rotary Tool (Dremel) and compact...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-17-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 775
Posted By asdf38
Re: mount battery in bilge floor?

I wouldn't recommend it as good practice, but if I was going to "glue" a plastic box down I'd be using 3M VHB tape. It's incredibly strong, easy to use and you know it can be sliced away with a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-15-2013
Replies: 22
Views: 7,391
Posted By asdf38
Re: Newfound Metals Stainless Ports

I'm gearing up to replace my portlights this year (it's been on my list for 3) and I've been planning on going with New Found Metal because it looks like their price/quality is excellent.

However...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-11-2013
Replies: 21
Views: 1,948
Posted By asdf38
Re: Wiring schematic app?

So I design schematics for a living. You don't want or need a real schematic capture tool for this because you're not trying to output a netlist or bill of materials (and schematic capture tools are...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-11-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 770
Posted By asdf38
Re: Using sails to crank the engine

I popped the clutch on my Honda with a dead battery just a couple weeks ago. Somehow I don't think my contessa reaches the speed necessary under sail.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 10-09-2013
Replies: 49
Views: 5,157
Posted By asdf38
Re: Small affordable sailboats with ample storage? (planning to live aboard)

I think some of the comments have been a bit harsh as well but one thing to remember is that this sailing forum gets quite a few posts that read like this:

"Hey I'm 23 and I've never seen the...
Forum: Diesel 10-08-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 556
Posted By asdf38
Re: Yanmar 2GM starting issue (sort of)

It is a common problem with Yanmars and I thought the most common reason was the solenoid wiring, not the battery cables or battery.

The problem is that the solenoid doesn't have enough...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 10-04-2013
Replies: 49
Views: 5,157
Posted By asdf38
Re: Small affordable sailboats with ample storage? (planning to live aboard)

Every single foot makes a huge difference from 22-28' and cost doesn't go up significantly. At 23' it's hard to find an enclosed head and headroom is going to be pretty bad. By 26' almost every...
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