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Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 04-01-2021, 09:12
Replies: 24
Views: 1,213
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Re: Yanmar 2GM20 - Sea Water Cooled

Where are you located? I have the same Hitachi in Tampa, FL cheap. It came with the boat as a spare but the boat has a different mount.
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 03-01-2021, 10:44
Replies: 25
Views: 1,661
Posted By john2445
Re: Does this seem right?

500 AH flooded lead acid batteries is 250 AH usable. As said above, find out how much you actually use.

How is the insulation on the fridge? May be better to add more insulation than charging...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 02-12-2020, 09:40
Replies: 9
Views: 807
Posted By john2445
Re: Prout Escale 39 - Window Leaks

That link didn't work for me; this one did. Leaky Windows - Prout Owners Association (

I have an Event 34 in Tampa and also haven't found...
Forum: Sailor Logs & Cruising Plans 09-06-2020, 12:37
Replies: 24
Views: 3,149
Posted By john2445
Re: Boating Marco Island to Key West

Florida Bay has had some of the worst weather I've found in 20 years going to the Keys. Of course I'm slow so takes a long day/night. Lots of t-storms. In addition to crab pots watch out for...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 31-03-2020, 08:38
Replies: 74
Views: 7,320
Posted By john2445
Re: Condensation And Smell Under Mattress

Perma-white paint (Lowes) works very well. I used it on all the lockers/compartments on my cat. You think you will still need ail space under the bed.
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 10-02-2020, 10:40
Replies: 12
Views: 1,660
Posted By john2445
Re: Jeanneau drop keel stuck

When you say swimmer, do you mean holding breath? Hire a diver, lots less than a haulout. They can take time, work on it. Try a metal flat with a bend at the end to get above the tip and pull. Or...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 26-01-2020, 11:19
Replies: 46
Views: 3,395
Posted By john2445
Re: What type of switch do I need?

Positive and negative have to be on opposite sides of the device or nothing happens. I think what you are calling the negative is actually the positive from the power source and you just want to...
Forum: Boats For Sale and Wanted 07-10-2019, 08:57
Replies: 6
Views: 1,955
Posted By john2445
Forum: General Sailing Forum 07-07-2019, 16:49
Replies: 20
Views: 2,401
Posted By john2445
Re: What's required to crew?

In many sailing areas, there is a singles sailing club. These clubs match a skipper with crew, seems like a perfect fit for you. Except if you are in Indiana the closest may be Chicago? Try an...
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 12-03-2019, 09:09
Replies: 10
Views: 1,349
Posted By john2445
Re: Sail Repair in South Florida (both coasts)

Keith at Advanced Sails in St Pete. Now farms out new sails but still does his own repairs. I've used him for decades. 727-896-7245.
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 31-10-2018, 14:09
Replies: 12
Views: 1,236
Posted By john2445
Re: To isolate or not to isolate... that is question

Back when I was first building a bank of more than one battery, I read about a battery failing. The other batteries tried to pump every amp they had into the failed battery. The result wasn't pretty....
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 23-09-2018, 09:27
Replies: 13
Views: 1,819
Posted By john2445
Re: Looking to meet live aboard people

Join Seven Seas Cruising Association, local breakfast or lunch groups in lots of areas, members everywhere in the world who have been everywhere in the world (or not yet).
Forum: Marine Electronics 30-08-2018, 09:25
Replies: 14
Views: 2,179
Posted By john2445
Re: Best Way to Attach GTO-15 Cable to Backstay Insulator

The proper way is a Betts split bolt fastened above the insulator....
Forum: Lagoon Catamarans 26-07-2018, 08:33
Replies: 21
Views: 4,755
Posted By john2445
Re: Lagoon escape hatches, the questions i've always wanted to ask

IIRC, the underbridge escape hatches are in case of fire, not capsizing. EU regs call for escape available from every compartment.
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 05-07-2018, 12:27
Replies: 13
Views: 1,810
Posted By john2445
Re: Replacing all Thru Hauls

Why are there 14 holes in the hull?

I would start by glassing in 8 or 10 of them. But that's just me.
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 18-06-2018, 08:23
Replies: 26
Views: 2,054
Posted By john2445
Re: Genoa car moving backwards under load

Per Suijin's idea, turn them around. The sheave should face the sail, the plunger at the rear. At least mine have always been that way, but then I've never had a car with side rollers either. Can't...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 11-06-2018, 08:45
Replies: 21
Views: 1,973
Posted By john2445
Re: Strange Outboard Overheating Problem

As I understand it, flushing from the port on the block does not do anything with/to the impeller. Ear muffs are a pain but at least the whole system gets flushed. I run the dinghy motor in a bucket.
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 24-05-2018, 09:18
Replies: 29
Views: 10,033
Posted By john2445
Re: Non Yanmar coolant ok?

The mechanic for the Yanmar distributor said not to use the "green stuff", only red or orange. It's worked for me.
Forum: Our Community 19-05-2018, 08:56
Replies: 29
Views: 2,949
Posted By john2445
Re: Help for a non boater

Consider hiring a "marine surveyor". That's an expert who can tell you all about the boat and what is right or wrong with it, and he/she works for you, not a broker or buyer.

A quick look would...
Forum: General Classifieds (no boats) 22-04-2018, 06:40
Replies: 0
Views: 657
Posted By john2445
240 watt rigid solar panel

Bosch M60, 166 x 99 cm, 65.5 x 39 inch alum frame. Vcc37.4v, Isc8.6A, Vmpp30.0v, Impp 8.1A. Used 2 years, I bought 2 but can only use 1.

$125 pickup only in S Tampa, FL
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 19-12-2017, 07:31
Replies: 3
Views: 603
Posted By john2445
3GM30F wiring harness

A wire on the panel (B model with the tach) wiring harness broke at the engine. I can not find where it came from. It is the white with red stripe. At the panel it goes to an idiot light labeled "L....
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 10-12-2017, 09:51
Replies: 8
Views: 1,677
Posted By john2445
Re: Adding a mechanical tie bar

Just cut the tube in half (or get 2 shorter pieces), thread the ends and use a plumbing type coupling. Or get a piece next size larger to use as a sleeve and drill thru for a bolt. I would prefer the...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 07-12-2017, 13:20
Replies: 10
Views: 3,021
Posted By john2445
Re: St. Pete FL area - Decent priced marina for Catamaran

Check out St Pete or Sarasota mooring fields. Much less if you don't need to be tied to a dock and plugged in. And you won't need air conditioning in Jan and Feb.
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 30-11-2017, 13:17
Replies: 14
Views: 2,959
Posted By john2445
Re: Inflatable hull lifters. Does such a thing exist?

Correction to Mango 51: 231 cubic inches = 1 US gallon.
Forum: Dollars & Cents 14-09-2017, 08:58
Replies: 16
Views: 3,168
Posted By john2445
Re: Survey in a post Irma world.

The availability of a boatyard to lift the boat for the survey will also be an issue.
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