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Messages - sailr4

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Main Message Board / Re: Mystery starter/alternator wire
« on: August 28, 2016, 07:13:00 PM »
Finally got pictures. First is the starter.  The wire in question is the "big" orange wire.

The second picture is the alternator. The Orange wire is shown next to the output (it is taped off and not actually attached).  It was connected allong with the big red cable that runs to the battery - not right.  Any idea where it is supposed to go?

Also, "hard starting" means that I would need glow plugs to start engine hot or cold and the engine would barely turn over.  I traced the problem to the battery cable from 1-2-B to starter.  Bad terminals.

Main Message Board / Re: Mystery starter/alternator wire
« on: August 26, 2016, 04:51:19 PM »
Ill try to get a picture when I go back down this weekend.  Im pretty sure I removed the wire between the starter and alternator.  Also, the engine was hard starting due to bad connection, but when that orange wire was run back to the alternator (and direct to the battery), the engine started without hesitation. I could leave it there, but I will need to fuse it due to its small guage (looks to be 8 or 10).

Main Message Board / Mystery starter/alternator wire
« on: August 26, 2016, 03:29:19 PM »
Long story, short: wires were removed from the engine so it could be lifted. The red wire between the alternator and the starter had been removed a while back and the alternator was directly wired to the house battery. When the wires were reconnected, an orange wire was run between the alternator and the starter.  I think it is supposed to be on the starter, but does anyone know what it is supposed to connect to?


Main Message Board / Re: repairing shaft log
« on: August 25, 2016, 05:44:24 PM »
I hope not. It is supposed to be glass.

Main Message Board / Re: repairing shaft log
« on: August 25, 2016, 05:27:05 PM »
The bottom of the shaft log was carved out end to end.  Will need to replaced eventually, but hopefully this will be a suitable fix for a bit.

Main Message Board / Re: repairing shaft log
« on: August 25, 2016, 05:25:14 PM »
Here are some before and after pics...

Main Message Board / Re: Rainwater Leak Starboard Aft Quarter
« on: August 24, 2016, 06:21:19 AM »
Another potential for leaks (or floods in my case), is the scupper hose(s).  Mine were very cracked on a 1989 vessel.


Main Message Board / Re: Another Starting Battery post
« on: August 18, 2016, 04:47:25 PM »
Thanks for all the replies and thoughts.  I had the standard "two battery bank plus starting battery" before I upgraded to the four 6v. Now Im debating finding a spot for the start battery.  I will eventually get around to it, but Im pretty sure that my bank will start the engine.  @Ron, I definitely have connection issues.  I need to redo all the terminals.  @Noah, I had a hand crank on my old volvo M6b. Only time I needed it, it was too cold to use it. SMH.

Main Message Board / repairing shaft log
« on: August 17, 2016, 06:46:58 PM »
Ok, so I had the boat yard help me get my engine raised and new mounts installed - just didn't want to do it myself Anyway, after removing the shaft seal, they found that the shaft had been riding so low in the tub that the bottom of the log had worn away and was cracked.  They are suggesting glassing around the outside to strengthen and hopefully still be able to fit the PSS shaft seal on after removing insert.  Anyone have a take on this theory?  Should I insist they try to glass inside?


Main Message Board / Re: Another Starting Battery post
« on: August 16, 2016, 11:37:39 AM »
Makes sense.  For the record, I have four Trojan T-105's.  My starting battery is relatively new and I am trying to decide if I want to mount it by the engine or not. It used to fit in the battery locker, however, four Trojans...  The next question: Can I use my Echo charger with such a long distance between house and start?  I have read that larger wire is needed, but I have also read that too long of a run will cause the start battery to be seen as full when it is undercharged.


Main Message Board / Another Starting Battery post
« on: August 16, 2016, 10:20:39 AM »
I'm sure this has been asked and discussed before, but my searches have come up empty.  If I have Four 6V batteries, do I have a need for a starting battery?  I just changed over from two group 31's and a starting battery.  The group 31's were so bad that I did have need for starting battery. I see so many posts about adding starting batteries to a 450 AH battery bank.  Why?


Main Message Board / Re: 1987 MK 1 Electrical Upgrade Change
« on: August 15, 2016, 08:38:31 AM »
Pat : The Vetus K75 engine mounts.

Wait a minute.  I thought you used the K50's.  I'm replacing the mounts as we speak.  Did I get the wrong size?


Main Message Board / Re: Dripless Shaft Seal & Water Pickup Hose?
« on: February 16, 2016, 08:08:29 PM »
Yes, it happens in reverse. run the hose into a small bottle (gatorade works well) to catch the drips.

Main Message Board / Re: Main halyard diameter
« on: July 10, 2015, 05:54:32 AM »
3/8" is the recommended size.  you could go larger, but the resistance will make the sail harder to hoist.


Main Message Board / Re: mainsheet shackle
« on: June 30, 2015, 04:28:12 AM »
I always tension the mainsheet. However I only just took over ownership in September. That shackle sees movement 24/7/365 no matter how tensioned it is. I figure 26 years is a pretty good life.

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