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Messages - ed webb

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Lake Michigan / Re: Queen Cup
« on: January 31, 2011, 01:32:02 PM »
I was checking ssyc website but not much info at this time. Can you tell me what the cost is for entry?


Lake Michigan / Re: Queen Cup
« on: January 19, 2011, 02:52:28 PM »
Just sitting in the house freezing my transom off and thinking about getting back in the water. I was wondering how the race went for you? I had gone to Penwater last year on the weekend of the race. I brought the Anchorman back to Muskegon by myself (a first for me) and it was a little challenging. A friend of mine made the race and had a pretty rough ride home.


Main Message Board / Re: batteries and battery chargher
« on: March 28, 2010, 06:55:11 PM »
Thanks Stu I'll check it out. by the way how the ski season this year?


Main Message Board / Re: battery charger
« on: March 28, 2010, 05:15:00 PM »
Thanks Ron,
Now how do I determine the A hr. I understand that I should add up the amp useage for each item, but since the things that run the most are the fridge, lights in the evening, television in the morning,  microwave for a few minutes at a time, the radio, space heater when it's cold, and when it gets warm enough several fans.

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,


Main Message Board / Re: batteries and battery chargher
« on: March 28, 2010, 01:10:17 PM »
Paul -  Where do you store Cool Change? We are at Great Lakes Marina

Main Message Board / Re: batteries and battery chargher
« on: March 28, 2010, 12:56:28 PM »
How large are these batteries? Do you keep these in individual plastic containers or did you come up with different storage system?


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.


Main Message Board / Re: Salon Curtains for 1987 MkI
« on: March 28, 2010, 06:43:12 AM »
The Admiral didn't like the curtains so she replaced them with Zarcor sliding shades. I think that they give the cabin a much cleaner look, easy to adjust to allow light into the cabin, but they don't block quite as much light. Easy to install and great people to work with.


Main Message Board / Re: propane alarm
« on: October 28, 2009, 08:40:28 AM »
another question about the fridge. I know, I know this isn't the right forum to ask this but I was here anyway. We don't anchor out over night very often. We did for the first time this past summer. All night long the fridge would cycle for about 15 minutes, shut down 20 and kick back on again. Is this normal? It didn't help with getting a good nights sleep. I was nervous enough not being tied to a dock. I'm getting over that  :D


Main Message Board / Re: propane alarm
« on: October 28, 2009, 08:30:43 AM »
Well, I pulled the covers off of the batteries that wouldn't take a charge. Both batteries had a black residue stuck to the caps. I'm guessing that this would indicate that the batteries had been over charged/ over heated. I know that the accepted belief is that the problem is with the battery charger. Is it possible that it is in the way that I have wired the batteries? Just a thought.

My wife cringes every time that I turn on a light switch. This is due in large part to my lack of knowledge regarding electrical systems. It also holds true for plumbing projects.

Speaking of plumbing projects. While reading through the many posts regarding this electrical issue, I came across Roger Blake's posting (plugged in or not) about installing a check valve on the bilge line. My question is, where in the line did you install this. Was it at or near the pump? did you install one on each pump? Shouldn't this standard equipment?

I Would also like more info about converting the fridge to DC power (keep in mind my vast lack of knowledge with electricity). I understand the reasoning behind disconnecting the power. However, the boat is our cottage and we really don't want to empty to fridge each weekend.

I look forward to your comments.


Main Message Board / Re: propane alarm
« on: October 27, 2009, 06:39:43 PM »
Well this just gives me another opportunity to show my ignorance. Were the batteries connected as a single bank? Not sure what that means. They were wired together.

Main Message Board / Re: propane alarm
« on: October 27, 2009, 11:14:42 AM »
Nothing was running the second time that the alarm sounded. I had turned the battery selector to the off once the boat was out of the water. I don't know whatmodel of charger is installed but I know that the manufacturer of the charger is Professional Mariner. I don't know who the manufacturer of the sensor is. I won't be going back to theboat for a few weeks but when I do I will get the models and Mfgs. name.

It appears that I have some other problems. I brought the batteries home and put them on a charger. One of the batteries has been in service for two seasons, one is new this year, and the third came with the boat and is at least 4 years old. The oldest of the batteries charged up fine. Neither one of the old batteries is taking a charge. I am thinking that I have something wired incorrectly. I have not checked to see if either of the new batteries has acid in them but I will be tonight.

Main Message Board / Re: propane alarm
« on: October 26, 2009, 09:28:00 AM »
I'm not clear as to what (battery charger gassing) means. We were not charging the batteries at this time. However, the alarm had sounded one other time the past season. I had stopped out to the boat in the middle of the week and the alarm was sounding. I have not smelled anything on either occasion which leads me to believe that this is a carbon monoxide issue.  Any ideas on how to narrow down the cause?


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.

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