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    New Balmar 70A Alternator

    Back in late 2016 when I purchased my boat I never thought she would be a full blown project boat. So here we are during the 2nd winter on the hard doing more projects. After upgrading the solar PV...

    kiwisailor Yesterday 06:43 AM

    Engine Raw Water Strainer

    I finally got around to replacing all the engine raw water hoses and installing a proper raw water strainer. Previously the raw water strainer was nothing more than a Jabsco inline water filter...

    kiwisailor Yesterday 06:12 AM

    Battery Kindergarten (part 3 of 3) Best practices and sources

    Best practices

    Discharge Floor
    [INDENT=2]As a rule of thumb, limit discharge to 50% of capacity
    don't pull more than 50Ah from a 100Ah battery

    bgary 02-18-2018 03:41 PM

    Battery Kindergarten (Part 2 of 3) Testing, problems, equalization

    (continued from Part 1)

    Battery Testing

    Five kinds of testing

    1: Open-Circuit Voltage

    Open circuit means no current in, no current out

    bgary 02-18-2018 03:14 PM

    Battery Kindergarten (part 1 of 3) Types, charging, maintenance

    I sent myself to Battery Kindergarten yesterday - spent the day with a few books in hopes of raising my boat-IQ a few points (Hey, it's worth a shot).

    Parking a bunch of tidbits here mostly to...

    bgary 02-18-2018 03:13 PM

    Sealing the Glass and Gasket into the Frame

    Leaking around the port's glass is a major concern for me. Is there a "permanent" sealing solution that also will allow the next guy to get the frame and glass apart?

    The gasket material in my...

    footrope 02-06-2018 11:48 AM
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