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Search: Posts Made By: rmeador
Forum: Electrical Systems 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 303
Posted By rmeador
Re: (slightly O/T) charging multiple battery banks with solar

Thanks for your insight so far. I don't know the wattage of the solar off the top of my head, but I've asked my friend and should hear back soon -- I think it's around 250W.

Simply attaching the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 303
Posted By rmeador
(slightly O/T) charging multiple battery banks with solar

This post is about boats, but not sail boats, and it's about solar power electrical systems, so I hope it will be tolerated on this board. You folks have the most knowledge of self-contained and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1,201
Views: 392,941
Posted By rmeador
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I've always considered "boat buck" to be $1000. You know what "boat" stands for, right? Break Out Another Thousand! :D

With the exception of the project I published a while ago and changing...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-17-2014
Replies: 1,201
Views: 392,941
Posted By rmeador
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I just relabeled my electrical panel. Not only was it nearly illegible, several of the labels were confusing or downright wrong, as I think you'll agree:

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Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-28-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 654
Posted By rmeador
Re: dinghy motor lifts

I share Gladrags1's questions about ChucklesR's idea... I've thought pretty hard about using my boom and/or main halyard to raise the motor, and I just can't think of a way to make it work. My boom...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-28-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 654
Posted By rmeador
dinghy motor lifts

Hi all,
Does anyone have experience adding a dinghy motor lift to their boat? Last year I kept the motor on my dinghy when the dinghy was on the davits, but it seemed like too much stress on the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-16-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 1,676
Posted By rmeador
Re: violent rig vibration when sitting in the slip

I agree with MedSailor's assessment of that link and the history.

So how critical do you think it is to wrap the halyard around the mast above the spreaders? I tried it below the spreaders,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-14-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 1,676
Posted By rmeador
Re: violent rig vibration when sitting in the slip

That is a great source. I guess the first thing I should try is the halyard wrapping. Luckily, that's also the quickest and cheapest thing to try!
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-13-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 1,676
Posted By rmeador
Re: violent rig vibration when sitting in the slip

I do have a masthead rig, but the halyards are internal. I tie the main halyard off to one of the aft shrouds when not in use to keep it from slapping the mast and keeping me awake all night. It's...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-13-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 1,676
Posted By rmeador
Re: violent rig vibration when sitting in the slip

As far as I know, there are only two riggers who travel to your boat in the Boston area. One of them is expensive, overworked, and have terrible service (came to my boat multiple times to check...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-13-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 1,676
Posted By rmeador
violent rig vibration when sitting in the slip

My boat, a Gulfstar 37, has developed some sort of rig problem. It's been off and on for a couple years, and I've tried a few things to fix it, but lately it's become much more common. So what...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-13-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 2,058
Posted By rmeador
Re: Should I go?

I've made the trip from Boston to Provincetown once, in my 37' Gulfstar. The conditions were almost exactly what is forecast, except I think the wind was slightly more south. I can tell you NOAA...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-02-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,115
Posted By rmeador
Re: golf cart battery installation

I don't think they're overkill. I sized the one to the inverter/charger using an online calculator. It can pull about 200A fully loaded, and it's probably a 6-8' from the combiner one way. This...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-30-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,115
Posted By rmeador
Re: golf cart battery installation

Ok, one fuse for the bank it is :) That's easier on the wallet.

The two wires is because I'm not going to replace the wires from my existing two banks. They seem quite servicable and redoing...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-30-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,115
Posted By rmeador
Re: golf cart battery installation

Excellent link, as Maine Sail's articles always are :) One thing neither it nor the posts thus far have addressed, to my reading, is where to fuse: does each battery in the bank get a fuse, or each...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-30-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,115
Posted By rmeador
Re: golf cart battery installation

hellosailor, that's a good point. I was already planning on getting the cables from genuinedealz; I've always been very impressed with their service and prices. I hadn't really given thought to...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-30-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,115
Posted By rmeador
Re: golf cart battery installation

Thanks for the recommendations. I think I'll make a single bank using 2/0. Maine Sail, that's a beautiful wiring job in the top photo :)
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-29-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,115
Posted By rmeador
golf cart battery installation

After reading all the excellent advice in my previous thread (http://www.sailnet.com/forums/electrical-systems/134770-would-you-buy-used-agms.html), I've opted to buy four new flooded golf cart...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-18-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 1,133
Posted By rmeador
Re: would you buy used AGMs?

It appears the EGC2/GC15 batteries are going at Sam's Club for $112.68 these days (Duracell® Golf Car Battery - Group Size 230 - Sam's Club...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-18-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 1,133
Posted By rmeador
Re: would you buy used AGMs?

Well, you seem to have done a pretty good job of swaying me towards new flooded cell batteries. Regarding the gel vs flooded, from what I've read, gel batteries have many of the advantages of AGM...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-17-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 1,133
Posted By rmeador
Re: would you buy used AGMs?

Thank you all for the info. I'm not married to the idea of an AGM, and in fact would prefer a flooded or gel battery, but $100/battery seemed like it might be too good to pass up. If I could get...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-17-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 1,133
Posted By rmeador
would you buy used AGMs?

I need to replace my house bank, which is currently two Group 27s (~110Ah each when new, approximately 0 presently). So I'm looking at golf cart batteries.

I've been presented with an opportunity...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-05-2013
Replies: 40
Views: 2,593
Posted By rmeador
Re: When Lightning Strikes

Sadly I can't directly answer your question, but I'm pretty sure "dead" isn't the answer. I've not heard of a fatality on a sailboat that was struck. There was a sailboat struck at my marina a year...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-05-2013
Replies: 3
Views: 477
Posted By rmeador
hook to hang a lantern

I just bought a very nice hand-crafted hanging oil lamp which I intend to hang above the table in my saloon. Luckily, I have a nice 3/4" thick piece of marine ply in the overhead there which I think...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-23-2013
Replies: 33
Views: 1,663
Posted By rmeador
Re: Boston By Air

I vote Legal Seafood for seafood -- specifically go to their Legal Harborside location (they have several restaurants throughout the city, this is the one on the water with the amazing views).

If...
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