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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   4 Days Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 681
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Practical Sailor AGM battery report

The Firefly certainly was the stand out in terms of fending off the effects of sulfation. Based on those tests and seeing it for myself, I am extremely skeptical, I will likely be installing a lot of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   4 Days Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 681
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Practical Sailor AGM battery report

The way you are treating your batteries should result in decent life. That said...

While the Phillipi is a very nice Ah counter it is still just an Ah counter. All the misinformation, programming...
Forum: Electronics   4 Days Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 300
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: linear drive question- before I lose my balls

"It's all ball bearings these days."..

https://youtu.be/4prqDn7QS8I

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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   5 Days Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 870
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Sisyphustine Bilge Pump Cycle

Yep in inconsequential pumps it is, well, inconsequential...;) Still I use diaphragm pumps for "nuisance water" because they naturally check valve and can use check valves if you need them to. They...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   5 Days Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 870
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Sisyphustine Bilge Pump Cycle

Guys,

Just because a bilge pump comes with a check valve built in does not mean it is a good idea in the "real world".

Here is an actual response from one of Rule's competitors which shall...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   5 Days Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 681
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Practical Sailor AGM battery report

Absolutely but this is not anything new. The average sailor has NEVER achieved lab cycle numbers in the real world under PSOC cycling practice.

In a recent battery use survey on...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   6 Days Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 870
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Sisyphustine Bilge Pump Cycle

This is where a remotely located diaphragm pump makes all the difference in dealing with nuisance water. The only thing in the bilge is the end of the small hose and strum screen.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   6 Days Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 1,337
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Minimum electronics for coastal cruising

As an ex-commercial lobsterman I used to navigate primarily by depth alone and in fog add a compass & paper as a adjunct navigation devices. Today I still cross check depth with paper in the fog just...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   1 Week Ago
Replies: 469
Views: 37,871
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

Oh surprise, another knucklehead who works at West Marine giving out blatantly ignorant advice. Next time you are in there please ask him what his qualifications are to have said that? Probably a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   1 Week Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 989
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Best spray on / spray off deck cleaner for sailboats

Black Streak Remover is great but it eats wax for lunch so any run off will destroy any hull wax you have. Any cleaner / soap really needs to be rinsed off other than Naptha, Acetone or denatured...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   1 Week Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 1,235
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Compass is Off

Bingo!!!! You have ferrous metals in your table hardware or something else you did close by. I have installed piles of those AP heads and they cause minimal error which can easily be swung by a...
Forum: Electrical Systems   1 Week Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 652
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Battery Terminal Short-Circuit Protection

The problem with wing nuts is they lend themselves, by design, to ineptitude and laziness. Thumb tight for battery cables is NOT okay and that is what a "wing nut" suggests to most users, thumb...
Forum: Pearson   1 Week Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 754
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Does 1983 Pearson 34 have a cored hull?

Here is a link to a 1982 Pearson Spec/Data Sheet for the Pearson 34 which was built for 1983 through 1986 model years. It clearly states "Balsa Core Bottom"..

Pearson 34 Specification Sheet...
Forum: Electrical Systems   1 Week Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 652
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Battery Terminal Short-Circuit Protection

What is the voltage on the battery side of the controller..?
Forum: Electrical Systems   1 Week Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 652
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Battery Terminal Short-Circuit Protection

This is where a set of "stubby" wrenches comes in very handy.... For 4D & 8D I have a set of 1/2" & 9/16" wrenches with Mil-Spec heat shrink over one end....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   1 Week Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 590
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Pinhole Leak in Bilge Wall (see pic)

Could be a blister, bad layup or remains of a lightning strike...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   1 Week Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 784
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Why Hose Between Shaft Log and Packing Gland?

A fixed packing gland is usually accompanied by a shaft with a thrust bearing and a CV joint so the shaft does not move. The rubber hose allows for some movement as the engine moves....
Forum: Electrical Systems   1 Week Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 652
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Battery Terminal Short-Circuit Protection

All battery boxes/compartments are required to have ventilation including AGM and GEL. The only time you would see corroded terminals would be due to:

* No ventilation

* Crappy post seal on the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 469
Views: 37,871
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

NO!!!!!:eek: You can't "bring that stuff into the house bank on pretty much any battery to spread it around"...

What part of:

EVERY NEGATIVE WIRE MUST BE ON THE LOAD SIDE OF THE SHUNT EXCEPT...
Forum: Electrical Systems   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 652
Posted By Maine Sail
Battery Terminal Short-Circuit Protection

I have been asked numerous times in recent weeks what the rules are about protecting battery terminals and how I go about doing this. A lot of my images do not show terminal protection because I may...
Forum: Diesel   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,325
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Repowering with a Tractor Motor

All our marine diesels started life as industrial or tractor motors. For future readers I think a wise approach to this is to buy the exact block one of the marine marinizers is already marinizing. ...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 469
Views: 37,871
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.

You can't use the Link-Pro to monitor two house banks and your negative wiring if even close to current is a disaster for an Ah counter. The way it is wired, as seen in the video, it will NEVER be...
Forum: Electrical Systems   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1
Views: 244
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Dual MRBF Fuse Block

That is what they are designed for... For example a 300A bank fuse & a 150A alt fuse..
Forum: Electronics   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 772
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Big Cockpit Speakers

Amen!! There are many music venues I simply will not go to to see live music. Steve Jobs & the iPod Mp3/AAC put the final nail in the coffin and MURDERED MUSIC but it started with the ear offenses...
Forum: Electronics   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 772
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Big Cockpit Speakers

Like sailing the love of music and being an audiophile is just as addicting and frustrating. Just like sailing is a dying sport good recording engineers are a long gone thing of the past. The best...
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