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Topics - britinusa

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Hi Guys, anyone see something wrong with my planned rewire of my Alternator Regulator system.

Trying to avoid an issue with our old External Regulator giving out at an inopportune time.

Here's the planned diagram.

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.)



Main Message Board / Companion Way panel storage
« on: July 02, 2019, 05:35:27 AM »
Just wondering where you are storing the companionway panels while under sail.

We recently made the decision that we would rather have them quickly at hand to close the companion way if needed.

(we were caught in 30-50 knot winds in a 30 minute storm a few weeks ago - the boards were stored under the seat cushions by the cabin table - going down to get them was not an option)

I'm considering storing them either side of the top steps.

Other options?


Main Message Board / Broken Beckson port latch
« on: May 15, 2019, 11:50:11 AM »
Replacement Beckson port latch.

the plastic threaded insert in one of the latches of the aft cabin to cockpit ports has broken. Any resources for replacement?


Main Message Board / Fleet 14
« on: May 02, 2019, 12:45:22 PM »
Just posted in Fleet 14 asking for a Roll Call of owners around the East Florida Coast..


Fleet 14 / Roll Call
« on: May 02, 2019, 12:44:04 PM »
Hi Everyone,
as my first task as the new Captain of Fleet 14, I'm asking for a Roll Call.

I'll set the starting line:

My wife, Peggy, and I have owned Eximius for 4 years, we sail on the East Coast of Florida - Lake Worth to Key West & The Bahamas. We're members of the Hillsboro Inlet Sailing Club which is very active.
I know we have at least one other C34 in the club, several C36's and we see quite a few C34s and C36s in our area (Fort Lauderdale - Port Everglades - New River - Biscayne Bay)
My sailing experience started at age 15 when I joined the British Royal Navy and sailed around the world (not all the way around, but in lots of places  :santa ) Our previous boat was a 2005 Catalina 250 Water Ballast which we sold when we purchased Eximius (then named ChrisDeke) in 2015.

With a bit of effort, We should be able to come together and arrange a meet up later this year - heck, it's Florida - so Weather Permitting.

Please post your brief intro.


See you on the water.


Main Message Board / Steaming light solenoid
« on: April 10, 2019, 02:05:30 PM »
Were in the middle of a 3 week cruise in the western Abacos, which Included a 14 hour Gulf crossing, sailing and motor sailing.

Each time I went to motor due to light winds, I had to duck down into the cabin and turn on the Steaming light.  And again to turn it off when reverting to sail without motor.

So, I was thinking of adding a solenoid into the engine control panel lighting circuit.

When the control panel lights are on then the Steaming lights also.

Reasonable idea??


Main Message Board / Switching the Ignition off while Engine running
« on: March 20, 2019, 01:57:15 PM »
I read about an issue of potentially blowing the Alternator Diodes and Regulator if the engine ignition switch is turned off while the engine is running.

In our case, the Alternator is wired to the batteries, ie. not via the Off-1-2-both switch.

Is this a real issue or sales hype for a device to prevent the damage?


Main Message Board / Diesel info
« on: March 12, 2019, 11:54:46 AM »
Just surfing around and looking for Cylinder Liners for a possible future rebuild of our M25XP Engine.

I found this document:



Main Message Board / Low Power Wind Turbine
« on: January 01, 2019, 11:51:58 AM »
At a rough count, we are pulling about 8 amps max when sailing using the Auto Pilot (GPS, AIS, VHF, AutoPilot, Refrigerator), but let's say it's 10 amps.

10Amps at 12Volts is 120Watts.

We have 350 Watts Solar (but we all know it's never going to produce that even though we are in South Florida)

So, I've been considering a Low Power Wind Turbine (btw, Pet Peeve is when folks call them Wind Generators! - They don't generate Wind!!)

Most all of the smaller wind turbines on line are 400W and have a Blade diameter of about 3' or more.

I'm thinking that a small low power wind generator would be a power benefit while sailing (no need for it when motoring)

The really small (40W to 80W) turbines I've seen online get mostly POS reviews :(

Any one have any experience of a low power wind turbine, or ideas on the subject.

Yes! I have read pages of reviews here and on cruising forums.

Oh! Happy New Year everyone!


Main Message Board / Annapolis 2018
« on: July 20, 2018, 02:22:19 PM »
We're booked to fly up to Annapolis and stay for the Boat Show in October - 2018

Get together?

Main Message Board / Shower Sump Pump Alternative
« on: June 22, 2018, 11:49:06 AM »
As so much else has taken a nose dive recently, the noise from the operating shower sump pump has me concerned that it's next in line for failure.

I'm pretty sure it's the original pump, it makes a horrible sound when operating, like a high speed, very loud Tom Tom.

Is there an alternative type of pump available (did not see one on CD)


Main Message Board / Did I destroy my Facet Fuel Pump
« on: June 14, 2018, 07:32:24 AM »
We found a fuel seepage leak was due to a patch of corrosion (I know, Aluminum) on the outside (port) side of the tank about 1" above the bottom welded edge. Luckily I found it before it turned into a stream as we had a full fuel tank at the time.

Drained the tank using our spare fuel pump, removed the tank, found the leak, cleaned it up, JB Water Weld and tested by putting fuel in the tank at home. Reinstalled tank, Reconnected all hoses, bonding and fuel contents sender.

Ran the fuel pump for 10 minutes with the bleed screw open max, but it did not calm down to the regular 'tick tick tick'. Ran the engine, all good, at least for about 5-10 minutes when the engine died, sounded like a lack of fuel (stutter stutter stop)

Removed the fuel return hose from the tank, ran the fuel pump (just turned the ignition on), no discharge.

Replaced fuel filter (it was about due), would not prime on it's own, sucked fuel into the filter (just inserted a transparent hose into the output of the filter and took a deep breath) fuel flowed into the fuel filter bowl.
Engine will not run, assumed due to lack of fuel.

Tried to suck fuel through the pump (used the transparent hose connected to the output of the pump) but it was a dead end, total block.

Replaced the fuel pump (guessing it's the original fuel pump 30 years old, corroded top) with the spare, $46 on amazon, primed it by sucking fuel through a transparent hose. Connected up the fuel hoses.
Disconnected the return hose at the tank, ran the pump, fuel flowing, life is good.

Ran engine for 15 minutes, life is good.

So, question: Did I destroy the old fuel pump by running it dry during the post tank reinstall engine run when, I'm assuming, the engine ran on the fuel that was in the line from the pump to the engine?

BTW, the new pump is much quieter than the old one.

New spare pump is arriving today thanks to Amazon prime.


Main Message Board / Cleaning Bilge Hoses
« on: June 05, 2018, 10:56:04 AM »
We found that we had a minor fuel leak as some had collected in the bilge and mixed with the recent heavy rainwater.

I removed the tank, found the leak and repaired it, the repaired tank will be re-installed today/Thursday.

We have cleaned out the bilge and de-fueled the inside of the hull where the leak ran down from the tank shelf to the bilge.

I'm concerned that some of the water/fuel may be on the inside of the hose from the bilge pump going aft, but??? How to clean out the bilge hoses??

The hose is the flexible wire reinforced type hose, so I'm guessing that the inside is kinda 'corrugated'



Link to blog article about the repair:

Main Message Board / Cushion clear out
« on: May 06, 2018, 12:26:42 PM »
We have decided not to replace our cabin cushion seat backs with the originals which are just taking space in our Garage.

So we have the original 4 cushion seatbacks (fwd cabin seat back, aft cabin seat back and the two stbd side cabin seat backs.)

Going to a good home if anyone wants them.

Close to Fort Lauderdale FL 33063


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