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Old 05-03-2015, 18:00   #91
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COBG & Ex-Calif get together to rewire Rustic's cabin lights to LED...

So fire from the solar controller - A good thing or a bad thing?
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Old 05-03-2015, 18:25   #92
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COBG & Ex-Calif get together to rewire Rustic's cabin lights to LED...

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I know I have a flux capacitor around here somewhere.
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Here's the Thai approach to marinizing car engines ...
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Old 06-03-2015, 06:11   #94
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Here's the Thai approach to marinizing car engines ...

Sure makes maintenance easier.
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How about connecting the car engine to an airplane propeller and aiming it at the sails?
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How about connecting the car engine to an airplane propeller and aiming it at the sails?
It's been done, and don't ask me how, but it worked!

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God help you if you relied on my electrical expertise.
Oh crap, does that mean I have to rewire AGAIN?
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No need for bilge blowers either.
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Re: Car engine in sailboat?

Well, FWIW the lower explosive limit for petrol is around 1.7 %, depending a little on type of petrol, temperature and other variables.

If you can't smell the fumes long before that concentration is reached, I think your nose was shot off in the war or something... "high school science experiments" or not.

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Re: Car engine in sailboat?

Many people have used gas car engines in boats with varying degrees of success. There is no doubt that a significant % of boats in service have Gas engines. Having seen 3 of them ignite during my sailing life I just dont like them. Its a personal choice. We have all got the smell of spilled fumes at some time on our boats. Spilled gas will disperse easily on a road vehicle and to a certain degree on an Outboard, but it gathers in the bilge on a boat where it can accumulate undetected and then it has a good chance of finding an ignition source. Thats the simple logic of why I prefer diesel (gasoil). No disrespect to anyone but I would still describe a boat with an inboard petrol engine as a bomb that has not yet gone off: No smoking please!!
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I recently talked to a guy in the Bahamas, from England. He said using a motorcycle engine and transmission was a common practice in the UK. BMW K series engine
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Motor cycle engines are very good but no reverse, so would be a last resort auxiliary.
Even cheaper is a motor mower engine.
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Motor cycle engines are very good but no reverse, so would be a last resort auxiliary.
Even cheaper is a motor mower engine.
And, if it were a lawn tractor engine with transmission you'd have reverse.
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And, if it were a lawn tractor engine with transmission you'd have reverse.
Obviously one can put anything in a boat, but a lawn tractor engine would be a pretty poor choice.
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