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Messages - Jon W

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Main Message Board / Re: winter sucks
« on: Yesterday at 11:17:36 AM »
I did something similar a few years ago. Spare parts in the larger center opening, tool storage in the smaller opening, and filter storage under the head sink. Well worth the effort.

Main Message Board / Re: Updating our bilge pump.
« on: January 22, 2022, 10:41:48 AM »
Alex, the secondary pump is mounted higher in the bilge for the reason Kevin described. Additionally the 1 1/2" discharge hose is pretty stiff for that tight area.

Kevin, each pump has its own level switch, breaker, and thru hull. The breakers are located on the main distribution panel.

Main Message Board / Re: Updating our bilge pump.
« on: January 21, 2022, 11:10:55 AM »
Yes. Small price to pay for increased capability that I hope to never need. Primary 1500 gph pump and its level switch are mounted to the bottom of the bilge. Secondary 3700 gph and its level switch are mounted ~ 5" above the bottom of the bilge. Any higher and the top of motor wouldn't fit below the floorboard.

Main Message Board / Re: Updating our bilge pump.
« on: January 20, 2022, 04:45:12 PM »
Hi Ken, I used 1 1/8" and 1 1/2" smooth bore Trident #147 Bilge and Live Well hose for my electric bilge pumps about 5 years ago. Hoses are still good. I did not change the manual bilge hose.

Main Message Board / Re: Updating our bilge pump.
« on: January 09, 2022, 03:29:49 PM »
Get rid of the anti siphon valve or check valve?

Main Message Board / Re: Battery switch issues
« on: January 09, 2022, 03:27:04 PM »
Like the others have said, cover those bare wire sections with tape or heat shrink tubing.

I relocated the 1-2-Both switch to the side of the battery compartment. At the same time I took it out of the charging system so it's now just a battery selector switch. House, Reserve, Both. Shorter cable runs, more aligned with current ABYC, and frees up space on the distribution panel.

Main Message Board / Re: Updating our bilge pump.
« on: January 08, 2022, 01:19:18 PM »
You asked what is a typical size bilge pump for our size boat. Generally 1500-2200 gph. Keep in mind a 1500gph pump will most likely not flow the 1500 gph due to head height, type hose, and even your electrical system. I have a 1500 gph, and a 3700 gph bilge pump.

If you don't already have one, add a manual switch so if your float switch fails you can still turn on/off the bilge pump.

Make sure your electrical connections are as high as possible to stay out of any water that may accumulate in the bilge.

Since your replacing your hose, use a smooth bore hose like Trident #147 Bilge and Live Well hose.

Good choice to remove all check valves. They can fail closed, come apart, come away from the hose. My thru hull is high on the transom by the starboard chainplate. Don't know about a MK 1.5 or 2, but on my MK1 I solved the run back problem with an anti siphon valve on a loop under the galley sink. Only run back now is from the few feet from the pump to the loop.

Main Message Board / Re: Electrical System mods
« on: December 06, 2021, 06:38:32 PM »
Tom, I used Visio 2007 to make schematics of most of my electrical systems. Visio is more for work flow, but worked well creating wire diagrams. Not the only tool available, but it's easy to learn, use, and you can save in multiple formats like the PDF and JPEG I attached here. I also use Excel to document the wire details.

I make color prints of all schematics, laminate them, and keep on board along with the electronic versions on my laptop. Examples attached for reference

Main Message Board / Re: Electrical System mods
« on: December 05, 2021, 07:04:00 PM »
Your schematic looks like the alternator output goes to the #2 position on the switch.

No worries. Reading the 101 topics, Tech WIKI, and Tech Notes will answer a lot of questions and probably raise a few. With so much information available from different people, written at different times you’re bound to run into contradictions. We’re happy to help, and good luck.

I haven’t done it so am guessing, if you click the “remove” link on your original post, it’s gone.

Main Message Board / Re: Electrical System mods
« on: December 05, 2021, 03:56:52 PM »
If you've read the write-ups in the Tech WIKI, you've probably read mine. After 6 years, I recently had the exact problem you describe with my reserve battery. Voltage good, but couldn't start the M25XP. I found it just before my next trip because I alternate between the house bank, and reserve battery to start the M25XP.

You should have the alternator output go directly to the positive post of your house bank, not the switch. Connect your fused combiner to the same house bank positive post then to your start battery. FWIW - I kept the 1-2-Both switch because with the alternator output going to the house battery positive, the 1-2-Both switch is removed from the charging circuit. The 1-2-Both switch is now only a bank selector switch, which removes the possible error you referred to.

I'd urge you to add an "Always On" buss now for future upgrades. I've added AIS, Last Watch II, and Solar panels over the years. The "Always On" buss simplified connecting them into the electrical system. My AC charger, and Distribution Panel come off that buss as well.

Main Message Board / Re: Fitting Radar on my 34 MkII Tall Rig
« on: December 03, 2021, 03:51:45 PM »
I expected more to justify the tone, especially since that’s not the only mount available.

Not just YouTube feedback. Regarding YouTube, there’s lots of sailing channels of people with little experience whose input I would not consider, to long time cruiser “engineering types” that patent their own BMS design as one example. No veiled insults, I was clarifying.

Main Message Board / Re: Fitting Radar on my 34 MkII Tall Rig
« on: November 30, 2021, 04:55:08 PM »
I’d hoped for a meaningful response to my question from the two gentlemen, but after 10 days guess I’m not getting one. For the remaining 460+ forum members, here’s some food for thought from folks that don’t put things on their boat because they love gadgets, don't believe something is better than nothing, nor do they prefer to do it cheaper vs the right way –

When I installed radar 4 years ago I asked several longtime, long distance cruisers I know and trust how to mount radar for ocean coastal cruising from Seattle to Panama. They said:
   Try to maintain a cruising heal angle of 15-20 degrees for comfort, and install the radar on a fixed mount.
   If on a mast, the installation height depends on the beam angle of the radar unit and how near to the boat you want target recognition.
   Their experience with gimbal/leveling/swing type mounts was they do give some advantage, but for typical cruising you won’t notice a difference.

I recently asked several sailing YouTube channels that are mostly engineering types, sail in different parts of the world or circumnavigate, and are fulltime live aboard cruisers. They said:
   All have radar on a fixed mount installed on the mast, a pole, or a cockpit arch.
   While a fixed mount may trim off a few degrees, it’s not a deal breaker. It still sees plenty far enough for typical use.
   The boat does not sail at a fixed angle of heal, the boat moves.
   One said that years ago he made a custom bracket to set the radar at various angles. He doesn’t adjust it anymore because there’s no real need.

Regarding doing it ”right” means mounting radar with a gimbal/leveling/swing type mount on the back stay, real world experience says that isn’t exactly “right”.

Before deciding on a major investment, ask people you know and trust that have real world experience in the type of sailing you want to do for their input. As is often said, YBYC.

Main Message Board / Re: Aft cabin access hatch leak
« on: November 25, 2021, 01:32:29 PM »
Have you checked the compartment in the cockpit coaming under the winch? On my boat it’s an insert of some kind, and I had a leak there. I spread some sealant I had and the leaking stopped. Do you have any canvas snaps screwed into the outside surface of the coaming fwd of the winch?

Main Message Board / Re: Mast Cleat
« on: November 23, 2021, 07:11:27 PM »
I use a rope clutch to store the jib/headsail halyard on the port side of mast. I have another rope clutch on the starboard side of the mast for the spinnaker.

Main Message Board / Re: Rudder Play Fix options
« on: November 21, 2021, 08:44:01 PM »
My mistake. In your text you referred to “4 thru bolts”, which to me means an unthreaded hole with a bolt, washer, and nut.

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