Originally Posted by Sailndive345
Sorry about the delayed response - I hadn't noticed your message earlier. I will be at the marina this weekend and will try to get a couple of photos for you. I didn't quite understand what you meant re the hull plate(?) If this is the cut out; the yard was able to use the cut out piece of the hull as the 'cover' and it works well - very smooth surface when retracted.
Two problems I had re this bow thruster: First one was caused by me
because I asked the yard to not install a battery under the V berth - With a 12VDC system, this did not work well; too much of a voltage drop - even though they used gauge 1 or 2 cables
. Later on, I added an Optima battery (doesn't gas when charging) close to the thruster and converted the heavy wiring to become the charging
circuit: Haven't had a problem with this set up. I will need to replace the battery soon as it has been about 5 years since I installed it.
Second problem was with the unit: The temperature sensor went bad and acted like the unit was overheating
- when in fact, it wasn't. I spoke with the MaxPower technician in FL and turns out it is the white wire in the harness by the unit and I could disconnect this wire and it bypassed the temp checking (faulty) Since I just tap the thruster once in a while and not stand on it continuously, I thought this was a minor risk. To change the temp sensor, boat has to be hauled out.
I'll try to get the photos for you.
Thanks for your reply very helpful. The boat already has the cut out missing and the plate that mounts it to the tunnel so I have to make this from scratch so any pics of your own would help me, especially how it is attached to the plate, although I guess your boat is in the water so scratch that if it is.
I saw a small electronic / resistor looking fitting tie wrapped to the grille on my thruster main motor
with 2 small yellow wires. I am assuming that this is the temp sensor as in my wiring diagram I see the electronic control box
has yellow wires for temp sensor circuit. It seems that my unit did not come with an electronic control box
and was just rigged directly with relays and wires run to the bridge controller in the cockpit
. I want to clean all this up so pics of your electrical
install in the bow would be be great. My unit was already hooked up with 2 Optima batteries right next to it in the bow.
I was thinking to use the heavy wires that power my windlass
as charging wires for these batteries.
I agree with you with the temp sensor not being critical.
I just bought the boat as it was run aground 2 years ago. Much of the work has been done but I have all the electrical
to replace as all this got wet when it lay on the starboard side.
I need all the help I can get !!