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Forum: Sailboat Design and Construction   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1,118
Views: 51,600
Posted By copacabana
Re: Steel vs Fiberglass

Bob, do you know Radford's designs?A while back I was thinking of building in steel and this guy's designs struck me as very nice.

RADFORD YACHT DESIGN Home Page (http://www.radford-yacht.com/)
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Forum: Diesel   07-22-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 311
Posted By copacabana
Re: yanmar 1gm10 alternator belt

Paul, I don't know the size for your engine, but I simply took mine off my Yanmar 3gm30 and took it to an automotive parts place and found one that matched (A36 in my case). The bugger was having to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-05-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 1,156
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   05-01-2015
Replies: 57
Views: 5,922
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: 18,878
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: 1,161
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: 5,816
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: 668
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: 644
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: 644
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: 1,183
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: 2,036
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: 2,245
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: 2,444
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: 651
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: 1,612
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: 1,612
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: 1,612
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: 5,816
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: 5,816
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: 5,816
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: 5,816
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: 5,816
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: 1,111
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: 2,732
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...
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