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Messages - britinusa

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Main Message Board / Re: New Start Battery
« on: October 12, 2022, 11:08:17 AM »
The current battery is only charged when shore power is onboard and we don't leave shore power connected unless we're working on the boat, and then the charging status was only via a Xantrex trickle charger and, unbeknown to us, that was not working consistently. When we realized the failure of the charging and trickle charging system, I changed out the Xantrex with a complete Victron System.

The alternator is not connected to the Start Battery.

Also, we're in South Florida, the conditions down here are fatal to batteries and not having a reliable charging system only reduces their lifetime.

As mentioned, I'm going to install a B2B charger for the Start Battery.

Main Message Board / Re: New Start Battery
« on: October 12, 2022, 07:14:50 AM »
The side mounted terminals option is the same for Eximius, I'm pretty sure there's not enough space above the battery for top mounted terminals. The AGM requirement is simply because that's what we have and it has worked great.
Got a link to that interstate?


Main Message Board / New Start Battery
« on: October 12, 2022, 06:13:42 AM »
Hi Guys, time to replace the Start Battery ( 5 years old and getting cranky )

I'm in the process of installing a Victron BtoB battery charger to my system ( just finished replacing the entire electrical power management system ). The B2B will charge the Start battery from the House Battery ( currently a 2S2P Trojan T105 6v Battery bank but getting replaced with a LiFePo4 battery bank by the end of the $year.

The current Duracell 12v AGM battery has the terminals on the side and it's mounted under the hanging locker aft of the Nav Table.

Not sure if our current battery is the most appropriate, but definitely want an AGM.

Can you suggest the most appropriate ratings for the battery and any recommendations for the battery brands.



Looks good, the differences between the Mk1 and MkII stand out. Not sure if we could remove our Water tank without surgery.

Had the opportunity to actually use our EV-100 Wheel pilot upgrade this past weekend. The responsiveness compared to the old Raymarine Wheel pilot is amazing and I believe that it's the Rudder Position Sensor that made a big difference.


Main Message Board / Re: Installing a rudder reference on a MKii
« on: September 20, 2021, 04:57:36 AM »

Main Message Board / Wishing Rod a speedy recovery.
« on: September 09, 2021, 10:57:12 AM »
Just saw the notice on FB Boat Electrical Systems that Rodd, a major moderator of that group will be offline for a while needing a lot of re-hab. That kind of news is never good news. We'll be thinking of him. Hang in there Rodd.

Main Message Board / Re: Replacing cabin top winches
« on: July 14, 2021, 05:41:15 AM »
I removed the port winch.
All 5 screws are bent and only 3 of the 5 holes in the plinth line up with the new winch base.

I definitely have to drill pot re-drill the holes. Purchased 1.5" 316 Fender washers which should cover the underside exit of the old holes.
Waiting for a dry day (we're in soggy SoFla) to get that done.

Working on it.


Main Message Board / Re: Replacing cabin top winches
« on: June 25, 2021, 03:19:01 PM »
Thanks Ken, I check Rod's site often, he has covered much of the stuff that I needed help with.


Main Message Board / Replacing cabin top winches
« on: June 25, 2021, 02:52:20 PM »
While I'm waiting for the parts to arrive to work on the Thermostat housing, my new winches arrived.

The port side winch on the cabin top (Jib Halyard & Topping lift) is not self tailing and the admiral cannot handle tailing and winching at the same time. I purchased a new Lewmar 30 winch from west marine on their BOGO offer, so now I have two nice new winches.

The port winch replacement is easy, the bolt holes in the cabin roof match, the starboard winch is not so easy.
The hole pattern on the winch seem to match with the new winch base, but the holes were not drilled very well and some of the bolts are closer together at the underside of the cabin roof.

I could probably just accept that the hole spacing is irregular.

Alternatively I could drill out the irregular holes, do the old 'clean out, fill, redrill' process.

Considering that the stbd winch hoists the main halyard and the old winch has shown no problems due to the irregular hole spacing.

Any reason not to take the second choice (I know, fix it and go sailing - We're trying!)


Main Message Board / Re: Universal M25-XP Thermostat Housing
« on: June 25, 2021, 01:28:44 PM »
Thanks guys,
I'm ordering the silicone hose and the non-perforated hose clamps before I strip it down.

Suggestions about the insulation on the senders - Thank you!

I may be able to remark more about the corrosion when I strip down the housing.



Main Message Board / Re: Universal M25-XP Thermostat Housing
« on: June 23, 2021, 04:27:52 PM »
I'll take lots of pics when I take it all apart.

Ken, could I use Silicone hose between the tank and the thermostat housing?


Main Message Board / Re: Universal M25-XP Thermostat Housing
« on: June 23, 2021, 11:29:08 AM »
And the replacement hose?

Main Message Board / Universal M25-XP Thermostat Housing
« on: June 21, 2021, 03:18:40 PM »
Found some corrosion on the Thermostat Housing where the coolant pipe connects from the coolant tank.

Looks like I should replace the hose.

Wondering if I can just remove the housing, remove the corrosion, new gasket, new hose.

AND Yes! I will be replacing the hose clamps with non-perforated clamps  :D



Main Message Board / Re: Longest chain rode without a windlass?
« on: March 15, 2021, 11:32:50 AM »
What is a “West Marine Anchor” ?
It's a '25lb West Marine Premium Anchor'  :santa I know.
It was on sale at West Marine for about $64 get it out of the store sale.

Turns out it's a pretty good anchor. We regularly anchor in a muddy bay (Sunrise Bay Fort Lauderdale Florida) and our old anchor often pulled out, this one has not let us drag once, yet!

Main Message Board / Re: Longest chain rode without a windlass?
« on: February 12, 2021, 01:24:21 PM »
Eximius has a 25lb West Marine Anchor and 100' of 5/16" chain with 100' of additional rode.

We rarely anchor in depths greater than 12' here in South Florida and the Bahamas.

I see many crew pulling up their boat anchors and my bits shiver when I think of the pain they are self inflicting.

Here's how I retrieve the anchor.
# Open the anchor locker lids and tie them off to the pulpit.
# Pull in the chain by hand, moving the boat forwards if there is any strain on the snubber. And wrap the chain around the center bow cleat.
# Remove the Nylon Anchor snubber (which is secure to the anchor chain with a rolling hitched 1/4" Dynema line)
# With the chain still slack, release the chain from the cleat and stand up holding the chain in both hands.
# Reaching forwards with one hand and grasping the chain about a foot in front of my other hand then moving the back hand forwards, so together.
# With the strain now on both hands and arm pretty straight, I lean back, rolling on my heels, pulling about a foot of chain.
# As I lean forwards, I move my hands over to reach the next foot of chain.
# Repeat that action until the chain is up and down with the anchor still dug in to the bottom.
# If the next lean back does not release the anchor from the bottom I cleat the chain and we break the anchor free by moving the boat forwards.
# Once freed from the bottom, I uncleat the chain and continue to pull it up by leaning back for each foot of chain.

This method protects my back and doesn't strain back or arms.



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