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by wolfe10
Sat Sep 19, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Electrical and Electronics Forum
Topic: 6 Golf Cart Batteries
Replies: 11
Views: 4058

Re: 6 Golf Cart Batteries

Guys and Gals,

PLEASE, let's keep politics out of the Catalina 350 discussions.

Appreciate it.
by wolfe10
Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: Electrical and Electronics Forum
Topic: 6 Golf Cart Batteries
Replies: 11
Views: 4058

Re: 6 Golf Cart Batteries - 2 Winter on the Hard Maintenance

Question: Do I need to/is it advised to hook up the batteries now and charge them for a couple of hours and then re-winterize them for the upcoming Chicago winter? or Can I leave them as is and hook back to to re-charge next Spring? Will charging them now make a difference? Thanks Teri Weber In a w...
by wolfe10
Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Engine Forum
Topic: I need a new engine!! ugh
Replies: 36
Views: 885

Re: I need a new engine!! ugh

Here are the pictures that I don't think got attached. Jamie Sail #444 S/V Soixante Looking at those pictures (outside of exhaust elbow), I suspect you have a lot of corrosion in the engine room. If you store where you have shore power, I STRONGLY recommend a 30 pint home dehumidifier set at 50%. L...
by wolfe10
Sun Aug 23, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Refrigerator Forum
Topic: Refrigeration cycling
Replies: 5
Views: 160

Re: Refrigeration cycling

Doing a search here for "Refrigerator Insulation" brought up several pages of hits.

This thread is a good start: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=396&p=1574&hilit=r ... tion#p1574
by wolfe10
Sat Aug 22, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Refrigerator Forum
Topic: Refrigeration cycling
Replies: 5
Views: 160

Re: Refrigeration cycling

STRONGLY recommend a remote temperature monitor for the refrigerator. Walmart, etc carry them. Accurite is one of the major brands. Sure beats ASSUMING that your food is being stored at a safe temperature. Also, at least on ours, insulation under the refrigerator was poor. Drilled holes, used expand...
by wolfe10
Tue Aug 18, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Electrical and Electronics Forum
Topic: Mando Alternator
Replies: 7
Views: 181

Re: Mando Alternator

Bill,

Were I to invest in a new alternator, I would buy a higher-amp one and keep the current one as a spare.
by wolfe10
Fri Aug 14, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Engine Forum
Topic: I need a new engine!! ugh
Replies: 36
Views: 885

Re: I need a new engine!! ugh

I suspect BOTH engine hours AND calendar time are part of the equation for exhaust riser replacement. We use the boat a lot more than 182 hours/5 years (or even per year). Unless it has been abused (overheated) my opinion would be 1000 hours/5 years. Very easy DYI job. Yes, if you are having overhea...
by wolfe10
Sat Aug 08, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Interior Forum
Topic: Where to sleep
Replies: 3
Views: 170

Re: Where to sleep

Welcome David. Both locations have plus/minus. Forward generally cooler, particularly if the engine has been running. But more motion if waves and depending on anchor rode/mooring, you can hear the "popping" as the rode pulls taught. Aft cabin: less motion and quieter. But warmer. We switch dependin...
by wolfe10
Fri Aug 07, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Engine Forum
Topic: I need a new engine!! ugh
Replies: 36
Views: 885

Re: I need a new engine!! ugh

Ed,

As you can see, we don't know what engine you have-- makes recommending a shop or tech kind of difficult.

And agree, you need to determine the root cause of water in the engine. Let us know.
by wolfe10
Wed Aug 05, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Engine Forum
Topic: I need a new engine!! ugh
Replies: 36
Views: 885

Re: I need a new engine!! ugh

Ed, Contact your engine maker/distributor and ask for the name of a REAL mechanic who they would trust to either overhaul or do the long block. Doesn't have to be right there-- removing the engine can be a completely separate job from working on it. And, plenty of engines with frozen pistons/rings h...
by wolfe10
Wed Aug 05, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Engine Forum
Topic: I need a new engine!! ugh
Replies: 36
Views: 885

Re: I need a new engine!! ugh

Ed, Did you have the anti-siphon kit on your boat? In any case, the old engine has to come out. I would then have a dealer/tech with good reputation on that engine series pull the head off before concluding that you need to replace it vs just rebuilding the old one. You would likely have around an h...
by wolfe10
Sat Jul 25, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Electrical and Electronics Forum
Topic: Installing 2000w inverter
Replies: 1
Views: 109

Re: Installing 2000w inverter

Jim,

Part of the "smart answer" has to include whether you have a "smart charger". If not, going with a PSW inverter with built in smart (3 stage) charger should be on the short list.
by wolfe10
Tue Jun 02, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Engine Forum
Topic: fuel leak, engine bilge
Replies: 12
Views: 1782

Re: fuel leak, engine bilge

You are correct.

A coolant leak from the filler neck (i.e. external to the engine) is not related to coolant contamination in the engine oil.

I would change oil, run it for a hundred hours or so and have an oil sample tested again.
by wolfe10
Wed May 20, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Electrical and Electronics Forum
Topic: Bilge Pump Wiring
Replies: 5
Views: 509

Re: Bilge Pump Wiring

Ken,

I understand just running a new hot, but would probably spend an hour or so tracing the old one-- would hate to have a "sometimes hot" wire loose back there!
by wolfe10
Wed May 20, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: Electrical and Electronics Forum
Topic: Bilge Pump Wiring
Replies: 5
Views: 509

Re: Bilge Pump Wiring

Ken,

Total speculation, as I have not had that issue.

I can think of only two places to get "at battery connection":

At the battery.
At the battery lug of the battery switch (either #1 or #2, not common which is power "out")
by wolfe10
Sat May 16, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Engine Forum
Topic: Dedicated start battery
Replies: 17
Views: 1198

Re: Dedicated start battery

Kirk, Yes, very nice drawing. A minor suggestion: On your four 6 VDC main battery bank, have the house positive and negative come off different pairs so electrons flow equally through both battery pairs. So, either positive from A2, negative from B1 OR positive from B2, negative from A1. I also agre...
by wolfe10
Fri May 15, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Engine Forum
Topic: Dedicated start battery
Replies: 17
Views: 1198

Re: Dedicated start battery

Yes, suspect there will always be the choices between KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid)-- simple marine battery switch

AND

Totally automatic devices.

No right or wrong answers-- weigh YOUR priorities and abilities.

For me, the further from home you cruise, the more you tend toward KISS.
by wolfe10
Thu May 14, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Engine Forum
Topic: Dedicated start battery
Replies: 17
Views: 1198

Re: Dedicated start battery

And with that configuration (two original batteries combined and on one lug of battery switch and new battery on other lug) to charge both batteries merely put the battery switch to ALL.
by wolfe10
Thu May 14, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Engine Forum
Topic: Dedicated start battery
Replies: 17
Views: 1198

Re: Dedicated start battery

Yes, Rick''s way is also excellent. Makes the original two batteries into ONE large battery bank. It would make Mr Peukert happier (yes, look up Peukert's law written in 1897). But (OK, large BUT) it requires that the operator be more electrically savvy, as you are really back to two battery banks i...
by wolfe10
Wed May 13, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Engine Forum
Topic: Dedicated start battery
Replies: 17
Views: 1198

Re: Dedicated start battery

Mike, 10-12 amp charge rate for a deeply discharged battery bank is WRONG-- it should be at least several times that. What alternator do you have? What engine RPM are you running to charge? Also, many of us have installed an "emergency battery". An AGM battery can easily be fit in the compartment ju...