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  1. Electrical Systems & Solar
    A previous owner upgraded the electrical system on my sailboat. It has two - 4D size batteries for the house systems and a single starter battery for the engine. My understanding is that the starter battery is supposed to be isolated and completely dedicated to starting the engine. However...
  2. General Discussion - Sailing Related
    Time to play hypothetical questions. Let's say I have a boat. What boat isn't important. Let's say it has radar. Let's say there's a race called, say, Swiftsure. Let's say this race usually lasts a long day and two nights. Let's say it can go longer. Now let's say I want to run radar for the...
  3. Electrical Systems & Solar
    I am beginning the electrical system refurb on my boat today, starting at the batteries, main switch battery multiplexer, and motor electrics. (Perhaps I will do a write up of what I find a little later as I get into it a bit more.) My question for today concerns the ground leg. First off...
  4. Electrical Systems & Solar
    I recently replaced the anchor light. Going out to the boat this week, I checked on the light to make sure all was good. After turning on the master, then the anchor, I saw it wasn't working. So I checked on some other electrical items. Nothing working. I unscrewed the panel and noticed...
  5. Gear & Maintenance
    HELP not sure if this would work but worth a short. I have two batterys and adding a interveter to my boat but i would like it on a switch and not one that dc panel switch. by my drawing would this work with diodes and two battery switches ? Thanks:eek:
  6. Please Introduce Yourself
    As the title says, we're new sailboat owners and SailNet members (after a few weeks of lurking)... but not yet sailors. Brief history...lots of time spent in small 12' - 14' fishing boats w/ a 9.9 hp Merc botherin' Walleyes and Northern Pike. Decades. Always wanted to sail. Bought a Sunfish...
  7. Electrical Systems & Solar
    I will be cruising in the Caribbean for the next year or so and am building a new Freezer box for my 34' Seafarer (didnt have one before). I was back and forth between a Frig-o-boat compressor/evaporator system and an Adler Barbour system - both run on 12v DC current. Both systems costs about...
  8. Gear & Maintenance
    Hello, I'm in the process of replacing a badly frayed copper braided wire that runs from the backstay to one of the keep bolts on my 1969 Arpege. I understand that this is the bond/ground for the rigging. About half way along the wire there is what looks like a terminal block (just on the...
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