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Main Message Board / battery charger
« on: March 28, 2010, 01:33:30 PM »
As I am looking to upgrade my charger, I was looking at ebay for a xantrex charger and there are several listed. I am not sure what the amps are the promariner that I am looking to replace, but there a couple of different models and I'm clear on which one I should be considering. I have included the link to ebay. any advice is greatly appreciated,

Ed

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Main Message Board / batteries and battery charger
« on: March 28, 2010, 07:25:06 AM »
Ah spring is in the air here in Michigan and a young mans (and old mans in my case), fancy turns to ...sailing. Since last we spoke I have found myself unemployed and completely disinterested in spending any money on my summer home/boat. However, I have thought all winter about my battery problem, trying to come up with a solution.
 
When last we spoke I had enquired about the propane alarm. I have since ruled that out. Being a REAL MAN, I don't need to read directions, at least not until I have screwed up what ever I am working for the third time. So I got out the owners manual that I had never bother to look at, for the above stated reason, and found some paper work related to the Promariner battery charger. As it turns out, the alarm that I heard going off was not the propane alarm, but the high/low voltage alarm. I only know this because I recognized it from it's picture on the literature.

As I posted back in October (seems so long ago), when I brought the batteries home and removed the cover, there was a black residue on the inside. This I think can be explained as the overcharging of the batteries, which would contribute to their early demise. The alarm was telling me that the batteries were no longer capable of holding a charge.

So here is my question. Does anyone have a strong opinion regarding the type of battery to use, That is to say a specific brand, or would any deep cycle battery be fine? I am looking to replace the Promariner, and I am considering disconnecting from shore power when we leave for the weekend, although if I don't find work soon the weekends may be much longer than in the past. I am also considering John Nixon's direct connect for the fridge.

Ed




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Main Message Board / propane alarm
« on: October 25, 2009, 12:08:19 PM »
I received a call from the marina today telling me that an alarm was going off in the boat. I am assuming that it's the propane detector. The boat has been on the hard for about 2 weeks. We removed the propane tank at that time. I had left the batteries in the boat so that I could run the bilge one last time before winterizing it.I read the article from 2006 about carbon monoxide being the culprit. I'm wondering if this could be the problem, and could be causing it.

Thanks in advance for any enlightenment.
Ed

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Main Message Board / inline water treatment for the head
« on: June 09, 2009, 01:02:47 PM »
I have a small screw in canister for adding treatment to the head. It was manufactured by Rtec of Sausilito, CA. I have tried to find them on line but they appear to out of business. Does anyone know of a replacement, or do I even nedd it.

Thanks, Ed

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Main Message Board / Stuffing Box & Packing
« on: April 27, 2009, 01:02:35 PM »
I repacked the drive shaft last fall when pulled the boat for the winter. We launched again this past saturday. my question is, should I have seen some dripping right away? I didn't so I'm concerned that I may have tightened the nut too much.
Thanks in advance
Ed

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Main Message Board / curtains available
« on: April 02, 2009, 10:44:33 AM »
I wasn't sure where to post this. We have a complete set of curtains for the cabin. We recently replaced all of them Zarcor peek-a-boo blinds. I don't know if anyone would be interested in the curtains, but let me know.

Thanks

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Main Message Board / water in the bilge
« on: March 23, 2009, 01:44:41 PM »
Well the ice is for the most off of Lake Michigan, and it's time to start getting ready for the season. The boat has been on the hard since the middle of last September. We ended the season early last year due to other commitments.

I had been out to visit the boat a few times over the winter (didn't want it to feel ignored). In January I found that the bilge was quite full and frozen. I added about 3 gallons of antifreeze in the hopes of melting the ice. Checked 2 weeks later and it was starting to soften, so hopefully I have avoided any serious damage. We went out this past weekend to do what we could to get an early start making sure that all is in good working order before we launch in mid April. I pumped out about 10 gallons from the bilge. Deducting the 3 gallons that I added that leaves about 7 gallons of unwanted water in the bilge.
So here are my questions:

Is it likely that 7 gallons of water could have come down the mast?

I spoke with Stu about the possibility of the water coming through the scuppers that my wife had cleared with some sort of sharp object. As far as I could see she didnít puncture it. However I canít see behind the aft water tank. Also we have a full canvas that would keep most of the water out of the cockpit (I think).

How do I remove the water tank to see in back of it? There are 2 heavy cables in front of it that run up into the pedestal.

On the subject of the pedestal, is it likely that much water could have leaked around it?
I ask this as there was quite a bit of water in the aft cabin. We remove the cushions during the winter so no damage there. I also think that this might add to the possibility of the water tank leaking theory.

Thanks for any input,
Ed

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