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Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 05-07-2020, 09:20
Replies: 12
Views: 930
Posted By ayates
Re: Keeping cabinet doors closed

When designing a galley, I had the same irrational fear of broken fingers with the poke through latches. I settled on these slam shut, pull to open latches, Southco M1-15-61-8


Allan.
Forum: Great Lakes 17-05-2020, 15:03
Replies: 37
Views: 3,627
Posted By ayates
Re: Montreal to Kingston via Ottawa - is this feasible for me?

Living on the Rideau, just north of the Merrickville locks, I see sailboats going along the river, mast down, every so often. My neighbour was just mentioning about taking his down to Brockville this...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 15-05-2020, 17:32
Replies: 756
Views: 64,055
Posted By ayates
Re: Balmar SG-200 Battery Monitor

I upgraded to the latest firmware today. Interestingly, I first had to power cycle the unit before the gateway would recognise any devices. The firmware upgrade itself went by the book. I then did a...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 27-04-2020, 07:17
Replies: 56
Views: 4,246
Posted By ayates
Re: Breaker Panel Organization - Post your photo!

Beautiful! Any chance of a high resolution photo of the panel?


Thanks,

Allan.
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 27-04-2020, 04:19
Replies: 56
Views: 4,246
Posted By ayates
Re: Breaker Panel Organization - Post your photo!

As a data point, we currently split navigation lights out as in the attached photo...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 26-04-2020, 09:17
Replies: 56
Views: 4,246
Posted By ayates
Re: Breaker Panel Organization - Post your photo!

This is a work-in-progress, but gives an idea of how splitting functions among circuit breakers. It doesn't include, however, a sub-panel where navigation lights and such would originate. While...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 23-04-2020, 14:23
Replies: 26
Views: 1,740
Posted By ayates
Re: What do you plug in? AC and DC...

One thing I did with AC outlets was to put them near (12") floor level, as well as just under the deckhead for cords going out skylights. So cords were not running from floor up and out a skylight.
...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 19-04-2020, 10:27
Replies: 26
Views: 1,740
Posted By ayates
Re: What do you plug in? AC and DC...

I have this in the galley. The sockets are cigarette lighter and double USB (2 @ 2.4A).


Allan.
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 15-04-2020, 09:13
Replies: 756
Views: 64,055
Posted By ayates
Re: Balmar SG-200 Battery Monitor

I believe the Balmar unit is actually designed to metric specifications, and thus the hole size can appear a little off in North America. Ideally you want a 53mm hole.


Allan.
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 01-04-2020, 20:20
Replies: 12
Views: 1,076
Posted By ayates
Re: New battery charger needed

A good rule of thumb is the battery bank capacity can be 5-10 times the maximum charger output, depending on how fast you want the bank to be charged. So a 25A charger would be good for a battery...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 31-03-2020, 09:29
Replies: 12
Views: 1,076
Posted By ayates
Re: New battery charger needed

How about either of these from Victron:

https://www.victronenergy.com/chargers/automotive-ip65-charger

https://www.victronenergy.com/chargers/blue-smart-ip65-charger


Allan.
Forum: Product or Service Reviews & Evaluations 27-03-2020, 08:11
Replies: 64
Views: 6,095
Posted By ayates
Re: Quality source of LED strips/bulbs/assemblies?

For LED fixtures, I standardised on the Lunasea LLB-46WR-3A-BN. These are selectable warm white and red. I especially liked that they screw into a surface, rather than being held by spring clips.
...
Forum: Product or Service Reviews & Evaluations 27-03-2020, 07:32
Replies: 64
Views: 6,095
Posted By ayates
Re: Quality source of LED strips/bulbs/assemblies?

They also exist in Canada. Amazing customer service.


Allan.
Forum: Product or Service Reviews & Evaluations 20-03-2020, 08:51
Replies: 64
Views: 6,095
Posted By ayates
Re: Quality source of LED strips/bulbs/assemblies?

I use Super Bright LEDs (https://www.superbrightleds.com/) exclusively. For marine use, I specifically used these two waterproof products for red and white (though it appears these precise models...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 08-03-2020, 16:38
Replies: 14
Views: 1,308
Posted By ayates
Re: Anderson Power pole connectors? Good?

While not in Canada, PowerWerx has a variety of panel mount adapters: https://powerwerx.com/anderson-power-powerpole-sb-connectors#/specFilters=130m!#-!315&pageSize=999&orderBy=0&pageNumber=1

They...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 08-03-2020, 11:17
Replies: 14
Views: 1,308
Posted By ayates
Re: Anderson Power pole connectors? Good?

I really like these, and use them exclusively (so far) for connections that are protected in some fashion (i.e. in cabinetry, etc). I use the 15/30/45A connectors, as well as the 75A in the case...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 05-03-2020, 19:01
Replies: 199
Views: 14,757
Posted By ayates
Re: The Worst pleasure boat refrigeration.

Note sure if you were referring to my measurements or not. But my temperature probes were free air. You can see small boxes in this photo, along with the evaporator fan, and a 4 litres of frozen...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 05-03-2020, 13:46
Replies: 199
Views: 14,757
Posted By ayates
Re: The Worst pleasure boat refrigeration.

Here is the data zoomed in for both the cool down phase, and the equilibrium phase. The is for the OEM thermostat set at #4 with no evaporator fan. i.e. the standard OEM configuration (except for...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 05-03-2020, 08:44
Replies: 199
Views: 14,757
Posted By ayates
Re: The Worst pleasure boat refrigeration.

The OEM thermostat is on the fridge evaporator, and the freezer is along for the ride.

The top wave form is the current drawn by the compressor, against the secondary Y axis. The other two wave...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 05-03-2020, 08:38
Replies: 199
Views: 14,757
Posted By ayates
Re: The Worst pleasure boat refrigeration.

This is exactly what happens. With a fan on the evaporator in the fridge, the thermostat needs to be turned to warmer setting to prevent the fridge temperature from going below freezing. And the...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 04-03-2020, 22:09
Replies: 199
Views: 14,757
Posted By ayates
Re: The Worst pleasure boat refrigeration.

This was with an OEM thermostat connected directly to the compressor controller.


Allan.
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 04-03-2020, 16:45
Replies: 199
Views: 14,757
Posted By ayates
Re: The Worst pleasure boat refrigeration.

I ran numerous tests with a NovaKool RFU9000 fridge/freezer; 9.1 cu ft of which 2.5 cu ft was freezer. Normal thin evaporator plates.

This was the "best" scenario where the fridge did not freeze,...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 04-03-2020, 06:00
Replies: 105
Views: 7,406
Posted By ayates
Re: Freezer Frosting Up Too Fast

More thatn $25, but I use these for temperature logging: https://www.madgetech.com/products/temp101a/


Allan.
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 26-02-2020, 13:11
Replies: 199
Views: 14,757
Posted By ayates
Re: The Worst pleasure boat refrigeration.

I always had a really good feeling from Ozefridge the company and Ozepete the person in my (private) discussions with him. However, I was never convinced of the difference in power consumption,...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 25-02-2020, 07:15
Replies: 199
Views: 14,757
Posted By ayates
Re: The Worst pleasure boat refrigeration.

Here is the referenced test: https://www.ozefridge.com/trial-data


Allan.
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