....I tested everything from the helm
switches to the main ignition, tested solonoids and starters...cleaned every connection from motor
, to charger
, to batteries
, to starters and solonoids....after all that I tried starting the port again...same clicking...battery tested at twelve volts, as did the others...then I remembered something this big guy named Tiny told me..."if you want to know for sure that your battery is holding a charger
, hook up some cables
and quickly tap the ends together. If the spark is big...your battery is likely holding a charge...if spark is small it's not. On top of that he thrwe in...'if the battery isn't holding a charge, check your battery fluid levels before changiing the battery, then charge it again over night (he meant in a car of course.) try it one more time and see what happens."
Tiny was right both my engine batteries were extremely low on fluid...SB was half full, Port was a fifth full. It took 2quarts to refill the Port, one quart to fill the SB. Turned on the charger, left it overnight and it started like a charm today.
Thanks Vyndance, perky, Jean and foggy sail. All your input led me to learn a little more about our not so little boat
....now we can breathe easy and finish the plumbing
this week....it'll be a bit of a stinker replacing the pumpout line to the tank...but hey...with a little crap there also comes a little bliss.
(my next question will be about replacing my all-round on the arch