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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-26-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 1,043
Posted By SailorByFate
I'll be running my engine and 80 Amp alternator...

I'll be running my engine and 80 Amp alternator when using the windlass, so battery usage is not really a problem. The inverter runs at about 90% efficiency at high loads like this, so that won't be...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-26-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 1,043
Posted By SailorByFate
110 Volt Windlass?

We have a Cascade 36 sailboat with no windlass. I'm doing the preliminary research so we can come up with a plan to add one. I've searched through old messages in this forum and have seen many...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-23-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 710
Posted By SailorByFate
The short answer: buy this book: Peggy Hall:...

The short answer: buy this book:

Peggy Hall: Get Rid of Boat Odors (http://www.amazon.com/Get-Rid-Boat-Odors-Aggravation/dp/1892399156)

It was incredibly helpful to me.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-16-2008
Replies: 20
Views: 4,373
Posted By SailorByFate
From my own experience rewiring a boat: Do...

From my own experience rewiring a boat:

Do the AC wiring first because:

(1) You generally want to keep the AC wires away from the DC wires to avoid introducing 60 Hertz hum in DC devices. That...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-14-2008
Replies: 22
Views: 5,378
Posted By SailorByFate
You'll want to replace the alternator belt before...

You'll want to replace the alternator belt before you take the boat anywhere. We have a Yanmar that the PO had left idle for ten years and we neglected to replace the belt after we got it running. ...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-14-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 2,068
Posted By SailorByFate
You are absolutely right if you replace every...

You are absolutely right if you replace every outlet with a GFI outlet. But if you use the GFI to protect ordinary outlets that are downstream from the GFI, you really want to use the tester to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-11-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 2,068
Posted By SailorByFate
An even better test is to use a polarity tester...

An even better test is to use a polarity tester with a button that creates a ground fault. Here is an example (http://www.toolking.com/products/68100041.aspx?c_j=400-030). You should have no...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-23-2008
Replies: 36
Views: 11,797
Posted By SailorByFate
In my home hot water system, I plumbed in a...

In my home hot water system, I plumbed in a thermostatic mixing valve (http://www.mmcontrol.com/thermostatic_mixing_valves.htm) that allows me to turn up the water heater as high as I want, but...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-20-2008
Replies: 20
Views: 4,508
Posted By SailorByFate
Now I understand - Thanks. The idiot dock...

Now I understand - Thanks.

The idiot dock attendant would not be a problem for my setup. If the main tank is full of water, one of two things happens. If I fail to notice it, I start the engine...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-19-2008
Replies: 20
Views: 4,508
Posted By SailorByFate
I don't know what you mean. The output from the...

I don't know what you mean. The output from the engine has no valve in my proposal. And you surely can't be suggesting that the day tank output valve be eliminated. What purpose would a sump...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-19-2008
Replies: 20
Views: 4,508
Posted By SailorByFate
I'm planning to go ahead with adding a baffle to...

I'm planning to go ahead with adding a baffle to the main tank because I don't see a downside. It will be easy and inexpensive.

However, I also like the heavy weather day tank idea. Summarizing...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-15-2008
Replies: 20
Views: 4,508
Posted By SailorByFate
There are some indentations in the sides of the...

There are some indentations in the sides of the tank designed to accommodate hold-down straps. I can use these indentations to secure a baffle to the inside of the tank without gluing anything to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-14-2008
Replies: 20
Views: 4,508
Posted By SailorByFate
Adding a baffle to a poly diesel tank

I'm replacing a rusty old steel tank with a brand new 28 gallon cross-linked polyethylene diesel tank. This tank has no internal baffles. I'm concerned that with a less than full tank, a pitching...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-14-2008
Replies: 38
Views: 22,798
Posted By SailorByFate
The lift pump sounds like a good idea. Which...

The lift pump sounds like a good idea. Which Facet model would be the right size for a 20HP 3GM(D)? I noticed Jody installed it after the Racor. Is there a reason not to install it before the...
Forum: Pacific Northwest & Alaska   08-14-2008
Replies: 3
Views: 1,997
Posted By SailorByFate
Maybe it was a typo in your post, but the linear...

Maybe it was a typo in your post, but the linear moorage is on the west side, not the east side. (47˚ 32.536' N 122˚ 30.331' W). I was last there about a year ago.

I hope it is still there. My...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-08-2008
Replies: 2
Views: 1,987
Posted By SailorByFate
Hmmmm.... Maybe I need to give up on the...

Hmmmm....

Maybe I need to give up on the sump idea. Thinking more about it (perhaps rationalizing) the sump probably isn't all that valuable. A dip tube on a small pump would probably do the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-07-2008
Replies: 2
Views: 1,987
Posted By SailorByFate
Replacing a diesel tank

I need to replace my existing diesel fuel tank. It's steel, and seriously rusted inside and out. I'm especially concerned about debris getting dislodged in heavy seas, clogging the filter or fuel...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-21-2008
Replies: 21
Views: 7,619
Posted By SailorByFate
I have an in-hull transducer that I installed...

I have an in-hull transducer that I installed myself. The old transducer could not be removed without a haul out, so in-hull was the obvious choice. I was quite surprised to find that it can...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-15-2008
Replies: 16
Views: 8,669
Posted By SailorByFate
I have a fishfinder, but I don't fish. There...

I have a fishfinder, but I don't fish.

There are times when layers of floating plants will give you a false shallow depth reading. There are also times when the water is too deep for a reading. ...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-05-2008
Replies: 21
Views: 2,284
Posted By SailorByFate
A couple other things I just though of: The...

A couple other things I just though of:

The leak could be through something plugged into an AC outlet. Be sure to unplug everything after doing the tests I suggested and retest to see if the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-05-2008
Replies: 21
Views: 2,284
Posted By SailorByFate
As was previously suggested, the first step is to...

As was previously suggested, the first step is to turn off the inverter and see if the AC voltage you detected goes away. Assuming it does not, you've got current leaking out the hot side (black...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-19-2008
Replies: 32
Views: 2,456
Posted By SailorByFate
Well said, labatt.

Well said, labatt.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-19-2008
Replies: 16
Views: 1,724
Posted By SailorByFate
Get youself an emergency VHF antenna (google for...

Get youself an emergency VHF antenna (google for examples of them). Should be less than $40. These are small portable antennas you can connect directly to your VHF. If you can transmit with that...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-19-2008
Replies: 32
Views: 2,456
Posted By SailorByFate
I agree with sailortjk1 that a GPS controlled...

I agree with sailortjk1 that a GPS controlled autopilot can make you more safe. Here in the Pacific Northwest we have strong currents that are difficult to predict with any precision. So a course...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-15-2007
Replies: 9
Views: 1,428
Posted By SailorByFate
Thanks everybody for your advice. I'm contacting...

Thanks everybody for your advice. I'm contacting Comnav (Richmond, BC) ,W-H (Bainbridge Island, WA), Simrad (Everett, WA) and Alpha Marine (Mercer Island, WA). Happily, they're all all within 150...
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