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Messages - britinusa

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I'm getting ready to cut up our old main and jib and use the material to make sun shades. 3, Boom port side, Boom Stbd side and Foredeck that way we can leave the sail cover and lazy jacks in place.

Plan is to make attachments to the top of the sail cover (Doyle Cradle Cover). By making it in three pieces it should be easy to stow and manage.

Paul

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That's the clearest answer I have seen anywhere, Thank you mainesail !

Not being prepared to spend $1200+ on replacing the Freedom 2000, I'll need to purchase a battery charger (I already have one of your Alternators)
The Heart Interface external regulator module will have to go too.

I'm considering LifePo4 batteries, so the charger would have to be compatible for Flooded Cell, AGM and LifePo4

Looking suggestions of appropriate chargers & regulators

Paul


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Main Message Board / Re: advice on upgrading mainsheet blocks
« on: July 10, 2019, 05:48:12 AM »
Iíll also throw out five stars, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for Garhauer!  :thumb:

Ditto. I contacted Garhauer before selecting the new blocks for our mainsheet. They gave great advise, assisted in selecting the best option for our setup and when something was out of stock, they communicated with me appropriately.

Eximius now sports Garhauer Mainsheet Blocks, line control blocks, and a new traveller block setup. Love them!

Paul

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Thanks mainesail, the redundancy issue had occurred to me.

My concern is: Do independent controllers (Alt Regulator, Solar/Wind Charger, AC Battery Charger, et. al.) work together? ie. If the Solar charger is pumping amps into the batteries, does the AC Battery charger or Alt Regulator behave correctly?

I would assume a single common charging device would behave.

Paul

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Main Message Board / Re: AC outlets not working
« on: July 09, 2019, 02:45:30 PM »
Ron, Agreed, I'm in the process of doing that.

Paul

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Our Freedom Battery charger failed - again - this past weekend - got it charging again after applying external low pressure sudden shock treatment  (bare hand slap on the side)

It's not long for this world and they are obsolete.

So looking at replacing the battery charger.

Am I looking for the non-existent all systems charger / controller.

Our boat has a 100 Balmar Alternator (compass marine) - 350W solar power, 120v shore power and I'm thinking of adding a wind turbine.

Ignoring my choices (my boat ;) ) the ideal controller would do something like this.
  • Act as external Regulator for the Alternator
  • Accept input from Solar Panels
  • Accept input from Wind Turbine
  • Accept input from 120V shore power
  • and (just to make it universal) any other power source


ie. One device that would accept inputs from all sources and magically manage the charge of the two sets of batteries (House and Standby)

The device would have a battery monitor (with option to report 2nd battery info) and inputs from multiple sources.

Oh! And I do not discount LifePo4 batteries (with appropriate BMS's )

As far as my Freedom 2000 goes, it's also a 2kw inverter - not that we ever use it (if we need 120v we'll use shore power or our Honda 2000 i generator. we have a small 400W inverter for any small device that does not have a 12v option.)

Dreaming??

Paul

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Main Message Board / Re: Does anyone know what this is?
« on: July 09, 2019, 07:51:52 AM »
There were probably two, one got ditched, so now you have a radio.


 :D

Paul

British Humor ! :D

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Main Message Board / Re: AC outlets not working
« on: July 09, 2019, 07:50:11 AM »
And behind the panel ( not my work)


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Main Message Board / Re: AC outlets not working
« on: July 09, 2019, 07:46:28 AM »
Here's the panel for my 1987 Mk 1
The AC panel is integral to the DC panel (to the right/fwd of the AC panel)


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Main Message Board / Re: AC outlets not working
« on: July 08, 2019, 04:00:19 PM »
I don't know if it's standard, but the AC system on our boat is connected using Wire Nuts!

Of course, our boats never vibrate or bang around, so wire nuts should be ok


(Sarcastic!)

Paul

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Main Message Board / Re: Does anyone know what this is?
« on: July 07, 2019, 03:04:15 PM »
There were probably two, one got ditched, so now you have a radio.


 :D

Paul

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Main Message Board / Re: Hoisting mainsail singlehanded
« on: July 04, 2019, 04:56:08 AM »
Stu, Brilliant!

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Main Message Board / Re: Hoisting mainsail singlehanded
« on: July 03, 2019, 11:48:59 AM »
We sail on the Ocean out of Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale FL. I use a Winchrite electric winch handle to raise the sail in the cockpit even while Peggy has the helm. Our biggest issue is the sail battens catching on the lazy jacks. Not sure how to handle raising the sail single handed even with the winch - I don't have a remote for the AutoPilot.


I guess I would prep for raising the sail by pulling the lazy jacks down to the boom first. (sail flop everywhere.)

Paul

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Main Message Board / Re: Companion Way panel storage
« on: July 03, 2019, 11:33:53 AM »
Thanks Guys,
I think the Port Locker option wins for the Mk 1.

Here's the pics from the post mentioned earlier




Of course, I'll have to totally rearrange the locker, it's kinda full of spare lines, fender, Dink Anchor, Water Filter, stretchy hose, more lines, crab pot, dingy ladder, 1gal gas can (plastic), 2 milk crates, dinghy seat, more lines. But doable!

Thanks.

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Main Message Board / Re: Companion Way panel storage
« on: July 02, 2019, 07:51:06 AM »
Sgunner, that's what I've been looking at. Just need to figure a way to stop them rattling.

Steve, that's a thought! they might fit in the port locker, I'll have a look on Thursday.

Paul


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