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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-23-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 1,220
Posted By jonlgauthier
SausalitoDoug, You may know this already,...

SausalitoDoug,

You may know this already, but the best way to wire four 6V batteries into one large bank is to have the positive cable on the + side of battery 1 and the negative bus cable from...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-22-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 5,192
Posted By jonlgauthier
Calgon, or liquid fabric softener? That's what I...

Calgon, or liquid fabric softener? That's what I thought I read years ago (could be mistaken), and I tried it recently - and it seems to have worked.
Forum: Electrical Systems   04-18-2009
Replies: 3
Views: 789
Posted By jonlgauthier
Lots of portable gensets like that need to be...

Lots of portable gensets like that need to be slightly modified - the neutral "floats" compared to ground. Make sure that if it's not, you do it yourself. ABYC electrical recommendations call for...
Forum: Electrical Systems   04-18-2009
Replies: 23
Views: 3,685
Posted By jonlgauthier
Mel, Last year we installed an 800Ah house...

Mel,

Last year we installed an 800Ah house bank made up of Fullriver DC400-6 AGM batteries. Despite the typical Chinese reputation for quality, these are highly thought of in Europe, and the price...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   04-18-2009
Replies: 21
Views: 10,397
Posted By jonlgauthier
Better than playdough or modeling clay (which...

Better than playdough or modeling clay (which tend to dry out), I found at Home Depot what appears to be a silicone-based clay found in the electrical section. It's meant to be used to seal outdoor...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-10-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 3,807
Posted By jonlgauthier
Sailingdog, The author of OpenCPN has a...

Sailingdog,

The author of OpenCPN has a thread on Cruisers' Forum where a few members are helping beta test the software (http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f121/opencpn-13653.html). Lot's of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-26-2008
Replies: 74
Views: 5,674
Posted By jonlgauthier
Or even a deep stewpot with the lid taped on...

Or even a deep stewpot with the lid taped on would do...

Or my favorite: Vietnam-era surplus ammo box
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-14-2008
Replies: 52
Views: 9,377
Posted By jonlgauthier
Well, that's not the fault of GPS - it's probably...

Well, that's not the fault of GPS - it's probably the fault of the electronic charts embedded in your GPS/chartplotter. So don't blame GPS (the technology) for the failure of the chartplotter maker,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-07-2008
Replies: 6
Views: 1,479
Posted By jonlgauthier
If your batteries are floating that low, then...

If your batteries are floating that low, then you've got a problem with either your multimeter (reads low), your charger (floats low - should be 13.8v @ 25C for wet cells), or you have a bad battery...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   05-14-2008
Replies: 15
Views: 5,191
Posted By jonlgauthier
Hey Birdface! We've done several Beringer...

Hey Birdface!

We've done several Beringer Bowls (overnight from Marblehead to P-town), and to add others have said - prevailing winds tend to favor heading south and then cutting east across - at...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-06-2008
Replies: 7
Views: 3,724
Posted By jonlgauthier
MedSailor, Check out the Force 50 / Formosa...

MedSailor,

Check out the Force 50 / Formosa 51 board. There are two threads addressing this:

Mizzen Staysail or Drifter (http://www.force50.org/forum/showthread.php?t=220) and Mule Sail?...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-20-2008
Replies: 45
Views: 8,588
Posted By jonlgauthier
I'm pretty sure Constitution Marina in...

I'm pretty sure Constitution Marina in Charlestown (across from Boston) still uses them. A few years back, right where the new hotel next door stands, there used to be at least 50 or 60 train...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-29-2008
Replies: 9
Views: 2,774
Posted By jonlgauthier
Krylon spray paint is now available in a formula...

Krylon spray paint is now available in a formula which is supposed to adhere/bond to plastic. Don't know if it works for the roto-molded polystyrene typically used in mooring balls...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-20-2008
Replies: 5
Views: 885
Posted By jonlgauthier
Selden (http://www.seldenmast.com/firstpage.cfm)...

Selden (http://www.seldenmast.com/firstpage.cfm) calls it a deck ring and rail. The rail is where you'd attack turning blocks. Page 62 of their catalog (warning - instead of a nice PDF catalog,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-12-2008
Replies: 28
Views: 2,963
Posted By jonlgauthier
xtatico is right. I'll add a couple more: As...

xtatico is right. I'll add a couple more:

As xtatico says, neutral and ground need to be connected at the source. So if your only source of AC power is shore power - do not tie neutral and ground...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-08-2008
Replies: 3
Views: 3,849
Posted By jonlgauthier
I wonder if Maptech is going to match this?

I wonder if Maptech is going to match this?
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-08-2008
Replies: 5
Views: 784
Posted By jonlgauthier
Here's what New England Ropes has to say:

And here New England Ropes confirms it (http://www.neropes.com/SR_LineCare.aspx).
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   01-09-2008
Replies: 29
Views: 6,321
Posted By jonlgauthier
Wannafish, I'm guessing you've been...

Wannafish,

I'm guessing you've been dissuaded from trying to go the diesel-electric route (the correct term for what you were thinking of doing).

Overall, the concept is great, but you won't be...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-27-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 1,056
Posted By jonlgauthier
fireman181, Since you're already connected...

fireman181,

Since you're already connected to the ST-60 speed log, all you need to do to see true wind speed is select it from your wind instrument display. Press the true/app button to toggle...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-18-2007
Replies: 10
Views: 1,606
Posted By jonlgauthier
Iota chargers

I checked out Iota when I was designing Beausoleil's electrical system. They're well built, inexpensive, and are capable of bulk/absorption/float mode with an optional smart regulator (which can be...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-14-2007
Replies: 37
Views: 10,616
Posted By jonlgauthier
If there was an Internet back when Olaf Evinrude...

If there was an Internet back when Olaf Evinrude put a gas engine in a skiff, or when Otto Diesel was building an engine to work on kerosene, cooking, and fuel oil, they would have been saying the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-15-2007
Replies: 15
Views: 3,590
Posted By jonlgauthier
Sailingdog, What's the problem with...

Sailingdog,

What's the problem with electronic/solid state wind instruments? It would seem to me that with no moving parts, there's no roller bearings to wear out. I was thinking of adding a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-31-2007
Replies: 2
Views: 2,994
Posted By jonlgauthier
Westerbeke replacement parts

This is an offshoot to the thread "We're getting hosed (http://www.sailnet.com/forums/showthread.php?t=37963)"

I'll start it off. My new engine is a Westerbeke Century 120-T4A,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-09-2007
Replies: 1
Views: 744
Posted By jonlgauthier
I looked at Vagabonds last year before going with...

I looked at Vagabonds last year before going with a Formosa 51 (Choice was basically pay a lot for a "cruise-ready" boat, or pay less to acquire a boat which could be upgraded to our specs - and end...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-05-2007
Replies: 3
Views: 792
Posted By jonlgauthier
Possible new hull laminate material?

I just read an article on ZDNet (http://blogs.zdnet.com/emergingtech/?p=709) regarding a new plastic material (http://www.ns.umich.edu/htdocs/releases/story.php?id=6084) made from layers of...
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