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Search: Posts Made By: Maine Sail
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Days Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 666
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Inverter/charger ????

Let's figure a 160A real world load for a 900W microwave..

If you have two 90Ah group 27's (guessing) with a Peukert of 1.27, the Peukert corrected load the battery sees (at 75-80F) would be...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Days Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 666
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Inverter/charger ????

Fans such as Hella, Caframo & cheap truckers fans can be run on 12V DC. They draw multiples less current than a home fan run through an inverter.

Many CPAP's can also be run on DC but you may...
Forum: Electronics 4 Days Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 509
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: iPad 4 as a GPS ?

Just came back from the BVI and brought a Garmin hand held, GPS MAP 378, an iPhone 6 Plus and an iPad Air both running Navionics and Garmin Blue Chart Mobile.. Here's how it went down in the...
Forum: Engines 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 884
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Using Diesel To Charge Batteries

This topic always gives me a chuckle especially when I work on so many engines with 10,000+ hours of "light loading".

#1 If you need to charge and have no other means then by all means RUN THE...
Forum: Electric/Hybrid 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 54
Views: 1,026
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Help planning electric engine conversion

Not at all. Cell prices have barely moved in the last 4 years. What has changed as the cells have gotten better CALB CA and CAM series and the prices have remained stable.

If you compare them to...
Forum: Electric/Hybrid 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 54
Views: 1,026
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Help planning electric engine conversion

The only thing I can say to help you keep everyone around you honest in this endevour is to:

Trust Ohm's Law - Many here and elsewhere try to re-wire it, but as of yet no one has been successful.....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 1,878
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: propane furnace opinions please

Price out all the bits and pieces you'll need then compare the price. I have quoted two of these Propex units and every time they lost to Espar or a bulkhead heater like the Dickenson.. I believe...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 1,906
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Prices for everything

Complete 100% Rewire CS-36T both AC & DC systems:

Materials - $3780.00 (at my cost) - Wire, terminals, AC/DC panel, shunts, battery monitor, teak for custom swing out door, polycarbonate for...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-13-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 1,076
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Source for good hose clamps...

The type of clamp you pictured are made by ABA but they are for small fuel lines etc.. For larger clamps AWAB clamps are about the best you will find.

Hamilton Marine stocks them..

AWAB on...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-13-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 820
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: changing alternator in catalina 27

Was there a battery involved in this test?
Did alt B+ go to battery + and the case grounded to battery - ?
Is the alt self excite?
If not did you power the exciter wire?

As others have...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 11-07-2014
Replies: 47
Views: 2,473
Posted By Maine Sail
Forum: Chesapeake Bay 11-07-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 878
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Fire @ Fells Point

Yes that can and does happen but today most electric heaters are UL tip over protected as are most LPG heaters such as the Mr. Heater etc.

The most likely cause of winter fires is in the shore...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-29-2014
Replies: 42
Views: 6,810
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Changing A Raw Water Impeller (How To)

No grease but if you feel the need some 303 Aerospace Protectant is not a bad idea. Grease should not be used to lube impellers unless it is silicone based. The preferred lube for impellers is...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-29-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 661
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Which banks should I wire my alternators to?

We need to stop being paranoid with all the myths and lore that surround charging & "confusion" of charge sources...

Generally all charge sources go to the house bank. All sources are voltage...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft 10-28-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,019
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Raw water anti-syphon valve

There is only one vacuum break I will use on engine systems and they are made by the Scot Pump Co.



You can buy it without the loop:
http://www.pbase.com/mainecruising/image/120468349.jpg
...
Forum: Engines 10-26-2014
Replies: 1
Views: 344
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Racor filter element replacement

30 is fine for the primary filter. If you know your tank is clean, and fuel in good shape, 10 micron is also an option...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-23-2014
Replies: 114
Views: 6,398
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Boat Us conducts anchor tests

The Fortress is a good design and very, very strong for an aluminum anchor and you guys do stand behind it. Any anchor can bend, or drag. Fortresses have been bent in testing and in the real world...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-23-2014
Replies: 114
Views: 6,398
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Boat Us conducts anchor tests

I agree 150% and if every boat had a Fortress as a stern anchor that is a 100% market position and 100% market share for stern anchors.. I don't know of a single sailboat over 27' that does not own...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-10-2014
Replies: 608
Views: 43,827
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: I hate boats...

Totally different scenario than Med had. Med's oil cooler is leaking, his oil pan was full of water, not a cylinder. In a hydrolock situation you get only a little blow by into the oil pan but you...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-07-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1,005
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: How winterize battery

Winter Storage - Effect of Cold on Self Discharge (http://www.pbase.com/mainecruising/self_discharge)
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-03-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 574
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Agm expense

Outbound,

I generally only recommend AGM when the system has specifically been designed for them. In general terms, if you got crappy life out of regular old flooded deep cycle batteries then you...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-30-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 509
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Battery Monitor Setup

In theory a charger would always switch from absorption to float at 98-99% SOC.. Sadly chargers are voltage devices and many really, really suck at determining when to transition. Most cheap chargers...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 09-19-2014
Replies: 94
Views: 7,970
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: generator a good idea?

Happy living for you maybe but not the folks around you...;)

Unfortunately this is the self centered, I have mine, I deserve it, I am entitled to it, now F U if the noise bothers you mentality...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-01-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 2,169
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Radar Talk

I really don't see any functional differences between the big three. The new Navico stuff from Simrad & B&G such as the NSS7 evo2 Simrad (new style came out in June) is very, very nice and priced...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-31-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 2,169
Posted By Maine Sail
Re: Radar Talk

For bays and flat water sailing a pole or backstay mount is fine. For a mix of open ocean sailing & bay I much prefer mast mount. UNFORTUNATELY our boat came with a stern pole.:mad: I would much...
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