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Search: Posts Made By: Stu Jackson
Forum: Electrical Systems 4 Days Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 463
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: Charging three battery banks using ACRs?

Walt, Maine Sail and I had this discussion many, many moons ago. Simply an urban myth, especially #3.

I know he's tired of retyping the answer, so I saved this, since it comes up so often:
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Days Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 1,083
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: Stereo Power Installation


stereo-battery connection (,5807.0.html)
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 1,178
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: Automotive Heater

Here's one with install details:

Cabin Heater - C34 (
Forum: Electrical Systems 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 798
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: Which batteries for us?

I am not sure why you have to write to Maine Sail after you've read all his stuff. :) He's on vacation in the BVIs now anyway. :)

4Ds are not true deep cycle. They are back breakers,...
Forum: Electrical Systems 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 913
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: monocrystalline vs plycrystalline solar panels

Solar Systems: Selection, Installation & Controllers by Maine Sail SUPERB

Installing A Small Marine Solar System Photo Gallery by Compass Marine How To at
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-18-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,444
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: 12 volt refrigertation

Read everything here:

Kollmann Marine (
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-15-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 1,084
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: Source for good hose clamps...

I swab Lanocote inside the hose and double clamp. Makes it easy to get on & off.
Forum: Diesel 11-10-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 1,372
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: Won't Start after 4 hours of cruising.

Check your engine ground cable and connection at the engine end. Then do the other stuff. Have you done the wiring harness trailer connection elimination?
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-10-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 2,001
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: Opinions on anchor swivels


Ground Tackle & Anchor System Sizing TABLES & Swivels (,4990.msg30409.html#msg30409)

If your issue is the anchor coming up right side to, then a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-10-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 995
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: Tidy electrical wiring

You really don't need the ABYC standards, just get a good boat electrical book. Charlie wing's is very good.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-30-2014
Replies: 144
Views: 6,583
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: Synthetic Motor Oil for my Diesel?

Synthetics have also been reported to eat seals and gaskets.

Tell ya what: do some homework. You do a search on this and any other boating forum, use the term "synthetic oil" with the " " marks...
Forum: Diesel 10-30-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 472
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: Priming Racor fuel

Do you have an electric fuel lift pump? What engine?
Forum: Diesel 10-26-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 375
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: Where might there be thin pencil zinc(s)? M25xp

If the zinc fits in the holder that screws into the HX, then you can use it, fat or skinny. There is only one zinc on an M25 series engine, on the HX, nowhere else.
Forum: Diesel 10-17-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 1,155
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: Radiator Cap

Yes fill it halfway, then keep an eye on it. Think about how it works: liquid expands when it's hot, so the tank is there to collect the extra liquid and when it cools it goes back into the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-04-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 728
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: Wiring my boat

Those are all fine books, but

Calder's too much for his uses

Casey isn't very good on basic electrical stuff - 2nd edition is way too old and wrong these days, don't know about the 3rd edition...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-03-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 813
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: Ethnic electricity

Buy him Charlie Wing's book. It'd be cheaper for you than having YOUR boat catch fire from his stupidity. Scribd used to have it online, but they took it down.
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-03-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 577
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: Agm expense

Yes, you will.

The ONE exception is Maine Sail


Read his website, too.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-02-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 574
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: Fuel or ignition problem?

I've spent some time over the past 10 (yikes!) years tracing a refrigeration problem on our boat. Worked great on shorepower and with the engine running, but not so good when on just the batteries. ...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-02-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 1,026
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: Possible Ground Problem, and Rewiring

Jim, many of us have been writing about these plugs for over 20 years!!! It should be the first thing you do. Denise is right.

Forum: Electrical Systems 10-01-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 1,026
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: Possible Ground Problem, and Rewiring

Have you checked the wiring harness connections? Have you checked the fuse between the ignition switch and the starter solenoid?
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-01-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 510
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: Battery Monitor Setup

For everyone installing a battery monitor: The "Gotcha Algorithm" thread, a "MUST READ"

Link-series Charging Algorithms -- The "Gotcha" Factor! (,4922.0.html)
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-22-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,147
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: Traveler Alternatives

What is the geometry of your transom? Can you simply install a traveler track on it?
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-01-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 1,193
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: tabernacle/deck stepped discussion pro & con

Denise, unless you have to do it to get under bridges, don't bother.

There have been many discussions about the inherent strength of keel stepped vs. deck stepped masts.

KISS. :)

Forum: Electrical Systems 09-01-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 1,431
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: Portable Generator

Ach, here we go yet again.

The 1000 generators will charge a house bank ONLY if there's a properly sized shorepower charger installed. This will depend on how big your house bank is and what it...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-20-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,030
Posted By Stu Jackson
Re: Electrical system

Do I Need A Solar Charge Controller ?? - (
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