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Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 24-03-2015, 07:28
Replies: 45
Views: 1,532
Posted By mitiempo
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 23-03-2015, 23:06
Replies: 45
Views: 1,532
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: 186
Views: 9,232
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: 45
Views: 1,532
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: 930
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: 930
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: 3,080
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: 2,210
Posted By mitiempo
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 14-03-2015, 19:59
Replies: 32
Views: 2,210
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: 2,061
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: 1,005
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: 1,591
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: 1,591
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: 435
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: 3,080
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: 3,080
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: 1,499
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...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 08-03-2015, 22:24
Replies: 58
Views: 3,080
Posted By mitiempo
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 08-03-2015, 20:54
Replies: 58
Views: 3,080
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Stray voltage in a marina

We stock the Victron marine isolation transformers in Victoria. Sold one a few weeks ago.
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 08-03-2015, 15:27
Replies: 58
Views: 3,080
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Stray voltage in a marina

You are an exception. The majority of boats in North America have AC ground (green) connected to DC negative.

What charger/inverter do you have?

I agree an isolation transformer is the best...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 08-03-2015, 13:54
Replies: 58
Views: 3,080
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Stray voltage in a marina

If your charger is case grounded as required in most charger manuals the AC ground is connected to the DC negative.

Same would be true of an inverter case grounded.
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 03-03-2015, 19:51
Replies: 36
Views: 1,449
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Troubleshoothing help: Can't run appliances

As far as the electric heaters are concerned there is one thing nobody has mentioned.

You have a battery bank of 690 AH - 230 x 3. That is measured on a 20 hour rate, meaning you have 690 AH only...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 02-03-2015, 07:21
Replies: 92
Views: 6,388
Posted By mitiempo
Re: DC Battery Rig

Makes no difference if the alternator output (B+) goes direct to house bank positive. Never should be wired through the switch.
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 01-03-2015, 14:49
Replies: 92
Views: 6,388
Posted By mitiempo
Re: DC Battery Rig

B+ should go to the house bank. That is the bank most in need and it makes no sense to run that current past the start battery first. Field sense to house as well.
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 26-02-2015, 07:23
Replies: 9
Views: 727
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Inverter connection to battery - Fused?

Several thousand short circuit amps actually.

Always fuse the inverter positive cable near the battery post, or directly on the post. For a 2000 watt inverter using 2/0 cable a 250 amp fuse is...
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