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Search: Posts Made By: Rusty123
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 56
Views: 2,656
Posted By Rusty123
Re: Boat Loan

A side comment on insurance - I also insured my boat through USAA, but the actual insurer was Progressive. And neither required a survey (though I did get one prior to purchase).
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 56
Views: 2,656
Posted By Rusty123
Re: Boat Loan

I think that USAA membership is restricted, but I don't think their rates are dramatically different than those available elsewhere. They're operating in the same general economy as the other banks,...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 56
Views: 2,656
Posted By Rusty123
Boat Loan

There's been thousands of books written on personal finance, so not much chance that this obscure thread will add much, but I would offer these two observations:

*At reasonable interest rates and...
Forum: Engines 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 465
Posted By Rusty123
Re: Engine sound insulation

I never would have thought of that. I have a few dentist friends, so I'll see if I can get my hands on one. Thanks for the tip!
Forum: Diesel 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 793
Posted By Rusty123
Re: Yanmar 2QM15 Cooling Maintenance

I too have a 2QM15. My annual maintenance schedule includes replacement of zincs, t-stat, and impeller. Cheap enough.

I also did a Rydlyme flush last year. Made a huge difference. Haven't...
Forum: Engines 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 465
Posted By Rusty123
Engine sound insulation

My boat has sound insulation (1 inch foam sheeting with foil facing) on the bulkheads immediately surrounding the engine (Yanmar 2QM15). Not sure if it's original or PO installed, but I suspect the...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 56
Views: 2,656
Posted By Rusty123
Re: Boat Loan

My bank (USAA) offers "recreational" loans at rates as low as 4.25%, for amounts all the way up to and exceeding $100k, for terms up to 10 or even 20 years. And from experience, I know that...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 43
Views: 2,155
Posted By Rusty123
What is the life span of a chart plotter???

20 years ago, I bought a desktop PC. 8088 processor, as I recall. Case and power supply was super strong (heavy gauge steel), really well built. I replaced the guts several times, up until the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-02-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 470
Posted By Rusty123
Long Term Storage

Thanks for that lead, Faster.

Another thing I could potentially do is buy a used trailer. Once on the trailer (via crane?) I could store it in a general storage facility, which would be much...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-02-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 470
Posted By Rusty123
Long Term Storage

There is a moderate chance that my career will take me to Europe for 3 or 4 years (federal employee). If so, I'd like to transfer my 28 foot sailboat to dry storage, both to save money, and to...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-24-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 619
Posted By Rusty123
Voltage drop?

You are right - my statement that no current would flow in a no load condition is a bit of a simplification, since the meter draws a minuscule amount. However, my point was merely that Iowa's useful...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-23-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 619
Posted By Rusty123
Re: Voltage drop?

I'm pretty sure he was describing measurement under load. In fact, his methodology doesn't really serve any purpose if the circuit is not under load, since there would be no current flow.
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-23-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 619
Posted By Rusty123
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-23-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 619
Posted By Rusty123
Voltage drop?

Slight correction: resistance of wiring is constant (at a given temperature). Though it is correct that a higher current through a given resistance yields higher voltage drop (in accordance with...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-04-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,013
Posted By Rusty123
6v or 12v batteries

There are tons of threads on this (these) exact topics on SailNet and other forums, so you might do some googling.

I think you will find that 6 volt batteries will give you more AH for your money,...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-29-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 861
Posted By Rusty123
Re: SmartGuage Review

Interesting writeup here (http://www.smartgauge.co.uk/sgvahrs.html)which describes using the Smartguage in conjunction with an AH counter like the Victron 600 (which I have also). Basically, the AH...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-27-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 861
Posted By Rusty123
SmartGuage Review

Panbo has an interesting post on the Balmar SmartGauge, referencing a recent write up on the product by Maine Sail. Cool stuff!

Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub: Smartgauge battery monitor, RC...
Forum: Electronics 04-09-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 3,802
Posted By Rusty123
Garmin 741xs installed: first impressions

Upgraded the 741xs software a few days ago, now compatible with the Garmin Helm software on the iPad. Mirrors the MFD display and functionality on the iPad. Not exactly new tech (Raymarine and...
Forum: Electronics 04-09-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 2,316
Posted By Rusty123
Re: iPad Charging - 12V vs. Inverter

Here's a good write up on USB chargers. I bought a couple of the Scosche units - they're very low profile.

http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-usb-car-charger/
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-02-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 633
Posted By Rusty123
Re: Good source for marine grade crimp connectors?

If Genuinedealz sells what I need, I buy from them. For the odds and ends that they don't carry, I can usually find the small quantities I need in eBay.
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-25-2013
Replies: 3
Views: 421
Posted By Rusty123
Re: Galvanic isolator question for the electrical experts

If you search the web, you'll find some differing opinions on grounding theory. This West Marine article does a good job explaining most of the concepts though.
...
Forum: Diesel 11-26-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 2,069
Posted By Rusty123
Re: Cold start yanmar 2gm

I wonder if anyone makes block heaters for marine engines? Pretty common accessory for automotive engines in Northern latitudes.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-20-2013
Replies: 113
Views: 8,042
Posted By Rusty123
Re: Composting Toilets vs. Holding Tank

Don Casey describes this approach in detail in his book "This Old Boat". He calls this type of tank a "wide section in the overboard discharge path".

In the same book, Casey makes some points...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-11-2013
Replies: 19
Views: 1,437
Posted By Rusty123
Re: Your Pick for Best Crimpers

I've been very happy with these, coupled with FTZ heat shrink terminals.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/11/11/y3udaha5.jpg

NSPA Heat Shrink Ratchet Crimping Tool T-R-50 4 Nests 20-8 AWG -...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-31-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 786
Posted By Rusty123
Re: Continuous duty, non-thermally compensated alternator: options?

I'll need to pay more attention when I'm walking the docks. A small solar setup seems like an excellent solution -- particularly when usage is low, and the battery just needs to be maintained (so...
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