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Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 23-04-2015, 06:30
Replies: 50
Views: 2,095
Posted By mitiempo
Re: What form of energy?

It wouldn't start when you were not on the boat.

Efoy fuel cells sell better than you think.
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 22-04-2015, 20:36
Replies: 50
Views: 2,095
Posted By mitiempo
Re: What form of energy?

No, the generator is an easy fix to bulk charge the batteries to 80 - 85% capacity, not top them off. The last 15% or so to a full charge will take 6 hours or more. That is where solar wins....
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 21-04-2015, 19:38
Replies: 29
Views: 1,194
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Mystery major short circuit

MRBF fuse holders come with ss washers, which should be used. The lug sits directly on top of the fuse and the washer is installed above the lug. Diagram below.
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 14-04-2015, 20:11
Replies: 13
Views: 903
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Battery charging below capacity

I agree with the others that a battery bank that large that is only accepting 7 amps of current can certainly be considered full.

Do you ever synchronize your LinkLite monitor when the batteries...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 12-04-2015, 18:43
Replies: 15
Views: 1,317
Posted By mitiempo
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 08-04-2015, 03:14
Replies: 166
Views: 40,493
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Great Boats at Great Prices?

Virtually no boat bought for a good price used is ready for offshore use, regardless of design. Tankage probable needs to be increased on most, at least those under 35'. It's easily done. Other...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 07-04-2015, 20:01
Replies: 14
Views: 1,139
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Remote bilge pump recommendation

The Whale Gulpers (220 and 320) are good pumps but are low volume. The centrifugal pumps - Rule or Whale submersible - are much higher volume pumps.
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 07-04-2015, 19:37
Replies: 166
Views: 40,493
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Great Boats at Great Prices?

Virtually none of the boats posted about were designed to sail offshore. You can always add extra tankage for water or fuel.
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 24-03-2015, 07:28
Replies: 49
Views: 2,010
Posted By mitiempo
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 23-03-2015, 23:06
Replies: 49
Views: 2,010
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Aluminum Wire: White = Negaive?

Black (hot), white (neutral), and green (ground) are the normal AC color codes in North America - where klmmicro is located.
Forum: Cruising News & Events 23-03-2015, 19:58
Replies: 229
Views: 12,011
Posted By mitiempo
Re: More problems in Mexico

The customer isn't always right, but he or she does have the right to be wrong.

I think the State Dept could have a bit longer list of problem areas if they warned of issues within US borders.
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Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 23-03-2015, 19:38
Replies: 49
Views: 2,010
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Aluminum Wire: White = Negaive?

How did you decide it is aluminum?
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 20-03-2015, 21:22
Replies: 19
Views: 1,109
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Gotta get a new water heater

I agree glass lined is better than aluminum but stainless tanks (IsoTherm and Quick) are much better again.
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 20-03-2015, 19:42
Replies: 19
Views: 1,109
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Gotta get a new water heater

Kuuma is the lowest quality water heater you can buy. It is a cheap copy of the Seaward which is a budget unit itself but better made. The Seaward has an option for an anode which the Kuuma does not...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 16-03-2015, 00:54
Replies: 58
Views: 3,276
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Stray voltage in a marina

Yes, mA. Too tired when I posted.

In North America they can be combined as well with a breaker.

I agree that with a whole boat ELCI there is no real reason for the AC and DC interconnect. But...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 15-03-2015, 15:03
Replies: 32
Views: 2,403
Posted By mitiempo
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 14-03-2015, 19:59
Replies: 32
Views: 2,403
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Fiberglass thru hull fittings

There are many types of bronze.

I notice you are in Europe. Many boats built in the EU use through hulls and valves that are not made to last very long, typically 5 year replacement as stated by...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 13-03-2015, 20:51
Replies: 38
Views: 2,192
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Batteries Too Big To Install?

It's not the size of the bank vs the charging source that really counts.

It is the size of the bank vs the daily usage.

For a given daily usage the larger the bank the lower the percentage...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 10-03-2015, 19:56
Replies: 13
Views: 1,060
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Bilge and Places We Don't See.

You're over-thinking.
The video in the dark bilge area will be a black screen. Are you going to install lights with each?

Just buy a portable and use it when necessary. Inspection Cameras -...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 10-03-2015, 19:50
Replies: 29
Views: 1,717
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Licensing a vessel versus registering it

The registration number should be displayed below decks in a manner that makes it's removal difficult. This is a legal part of registering a boat in Canada.
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 10-03-2015, 19:46
Replies: 29
Views: 1,717
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Licensing a vessel versus registering it

They were very helpful over the years (I have owned 3 registered boats) but the Victoria office - and I guess the others - are now closed. Phone calls to Ottawa are the norm now.

Many have entered...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 10-03-2015, 19:32
Replies: 7
Views: 467
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Connection help for Hellamarine bi-color bow light

Very good question and mine as well.

"Dear, run to the V-berth and turn on the forward part of the running lights."

Another strange wiring scenario to be found on a used boat in the...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 10-03-2015, 18:13
Replies: 58
Views: 3,276
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Stray voltage in a marina

In a perfect world the fault would return through the ground (green) wire. ABYC requires the AC ground to be connected to the DC negative bus (and from there to the engine block usually) as there is...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 10-03-2015, 18:07
Replies: 58
Views: 3,276
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Stray voltage in a marina

An RCD as it is known in the EU and an ELCI as it is known in North America is a 30 millivolt "whole boat" GFCI. A GFCI is a 5 millivolt single circuit device.
Forum: Our Community 09-03-2015, 23:27
Replies: 7
Views: 1,579
Posted By mitiempo
Florence Arthaud dead in Helicopter crash in Argentina

Florence Arthaud, along with 9 others died when 2 helicopters crashed in Argentina. Loss of a great sailor.
French Olympians among 10 dead after 2 helicopters collide in Argentina - CNN.com...
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