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Forum: Monohull Sailboats 04-10-2014, 01:25
Replies: 157
Views: 30,784
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Great Boats at Great Prices?

Might want to almost double the 38k - the prices are in British Pounds.
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 01-10-2014, 02:04
Replies: 3
Views: 436
Posted By mitiempo
Re: 1971 Morgan 30 window replacement

Plexiglas is a better choice than Lexan. Lexan (polycarbonate) scratches easily and will craze after a few years. Plexiglas (acrylic) will last a lot longer and is more scratch resistant.
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 14-09-2014, 17:34
Replies: 9
Views: 641
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Installed a New Charger/Inverter. trust the Auto Start/Stop feature for Generat

The remote can be programmed to start the generator based on several parameters as listed below, such as low battery voltage or a specific state of charge.

...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 13-09-2014, 20:52
Replies: 15
Views: 980
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Canadian buying in the US?

No duty if built in North America, as already posted. Hst or Gst + provincial depending on province will have to be paid.
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 13-09-2014, 06:53
Replies: 12
Views: 584
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Solar wiring

What gauge wire and what distance there and return?

I do not run any charging through a panel or battery switch. Direct to the batteries.
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 12-09-2014, 22:39
Replies: 12
Views: 584
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Solar wiring

The controller output should be wired directly to the battery positive post through the appropriate fuse. The run should be kept short. The controller has a set output voltage and if wired through a...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 31-08-2014, 14:41
Replies: 44
Views: 3,620
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Galley / Ice box / Nav station rebuild

Pocket hole joints if glued can certainly be strong enough. I wouldn't raise an eyebrow if I saw them on a Catalina or other budget production boat.

But if I saw them when looking at a higher...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 28-08-2014, 19:32
Replies: 55
Views: 2,573
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Battery Monitors

I have a Xantrex Link 10 but will probably add a Smartgauge in the future for state of charge accuracy.

I have had the Link for about 4 years or so. The Victron BMV-600 has been the value...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 27-08-2014, 23:00
Replies: 36
Views: 2,016
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Which Boat Window Materials?

Though Lexan is stronger Plexiglas in a reasonable thickness is plenty strong enough. Lewmar Ocean hatches, as well as virtually all others, are Plexiglas. Lexan will craze in a few years and is...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 27-08-2014, 21:13
Replies: 36
Views: 2,016
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Which Boat Window Materials?

I agree about the bracing if you use Lexan. The only hatch manufacturer that uses Lexan is Bomar and their hatches have crossbars to prevent the Lexan from flexing, which would break the seal.
...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 27-08-2014, 16:46
Replies: 199
Views: 5,102
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Inverter Dying?

I always use a factor of 10 when figuring amp draw of inverters as well. It is simpler and errs in the right direction.

I also try and get the inverter as close to the batteries as possible as...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 27-08-2014, 03:01
Replies: 199
Views: 5,102
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Inverter Dying?

Xantrex's wire sizing is not that clear as they are recommending 1/0 wire for inverters from 600 watts to 3000 watts as shown in the chart below. 1/0 is overkill for the 600 watt model and too small...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 26-08-2014, 20:05
Replies: 199
Views: 5,102
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Inverter Dying?

I won't argue that - I would probably use 1/0 as I like my high current wiring large.

But the calc I use suggests 4 awg for a total run of 6', which may be possible if it is configured as I posted.
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 26-08-2014, 19:17
Replies: 199
Views: 5,102
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Inverter Dying?

No it's not.

For one you have a negative disconnect switch bot do not apparently have a positive switch between the inverter and the battery.

How close physically can you install the DC end...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 26-08-2014, 03:00
Replies: 199
Views: 5,102
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Inverter Dying?

All wiring can be dangerous if done incorrectly.

If one is not sure they should hire a professional.
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 26-08-2014, 02:54
Replies: 199
Views: 5,102
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Inverter Dying?

I watched one of the videos and it doesn't relate to a boat's proper wiring.
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 26-08-2014, 02:45
Replies: 199
Views: 5,102
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Inverter Dying?

A triple breaker does not connect neutral and ground but switches them to their respective buses. These buses should not have any interconnection.

A house is static after initial construction, no...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 26-08-2014, 02:19
Replies: 199
Views: 5,102
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Inverter Dying?

If your ground and neutral are connected on the boat it is dangerous. It is also not likely that Columbia wired it this way. I would hire a qualified marine electrician to inspect your wiring - from...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 24-08-2014, 11:27
Replies: 199
Views: 5,102
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Inverter Dying?

True, but that is not what sparrowhawk posted.

"...if you hook it up to a house that has the neutral and ground connected...."
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 24-08-2014, 10:51
Replies: 199
Views: 5,102
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Inverter Dying?

I think you are a bit confused. AC neutral and ground should never be connected on the boat. They are only connected at the source - shorepower transformer and inside generators and inverters.

Any...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 24-08-2014, 10:44
Replies: 199
Views: 5,102
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Inverter Dying?

Xantrex Prowatt SW inverters are available in 600, 1000, and 2000 watt outputs. They are sine wave inverters.

Xantrex Pro Series inverters are 1000 and 1800 watt output. They are modified sine...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 21-08-2014, 19:24
Replies: 199
Views: 5,102
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Inverter Dying?

Both wire probably warmed up. The negative just got a bit hotter - slightly less torque on the nut holding the lug on, a bit of dirt between the mating surfaces, a crimp not quite as good as those on...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 21-08-2014, 07:35
Replies: 14
Views: 812
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Underwater Lights that screw into through hull

If the vent is below the heeled waterline it is below the waterline.
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 20-08-2014, 23:17
Replies: 14
Views: 812
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Underwater Lights that screw into through hull

Like the Lumitec Seablaze at about $300 each.

I also would not mickey mouse the installation - remove the through hulls, enlarge the holes as necessary and install them properly.

As cool as...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 20-08-2014, 10:00
Replies: 199
Views: 5,102
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Inverter Dying?

On any properly wired AC circuit neutral and ground will not give you 120 volts. Hot and ground will as will hot and neutral.

120 volts between neutral and ground shows reverse polarity.

All AC...
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