Switching to Golf Cart Batteries

[Editor: Much discussion on this topic. Here are a few pictures of such installations…] Batteries sit in a fiberglass box. Box usually has walls only and when fitted in place, they build bottom inside of it. I had to cut part of the floor above the box, between stern wall of the box and stairs. Floor can be cut and battery box can be extended to fit four 6V batteries. There is no need to change anything on floor boards. When you remove battery box lids with the attached floor boards, you will notice that floor under is not flat. Regards, Mario Here is a picture I found on internet. It is very much like mine. I can put in four 6V batteries from boat centerline toward starboard side. There is still space left on the starboard side for one more battery. I’ve attached a picture of the 4 Trojan

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Electrical Overloads

We have a mini 1200watt heater from west marine. Â We have used it for a few years mostly on the starboard circuit. Â We put it on the port circuit this past weekend and it caused a fire on the white wire going to the block on the starboard wall behind the breaker panel. Â The end of the wire that was on the block burnt clear through. This line came from the shore power breaker and went directly to the wall panel. Â The wire was a 12awg but the main breaker is 30 amp. Â The breaker does have two connections…so I was wondering if it breaks down the amps into two 15 amp lines? Â If not then the wiring is undersized! Â 30 amp should be on 10awg. I replaced the burnt wire with a 10awg and tightened all of the other connections as well.

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Raymarine e95, e125, X10, Seatalk NG ,etc.

Our repair project following Hurricane Sandy has moved well into a major refit and refurbishment. We have just bought the Raymarine e95 display and standard digital radar, and are waiting on the rebate of an i70 multifunction display. I’m finding the connection/hook-up directions to be fairly poor, but it might just be me. The question is whether or not the old autohelm, original with the boat, will connect and is even worth connecting? I traced the wiring around and can find no “Corepack”, which comes with the more recent vintage Raymarines (e.g.. X10). Any thoughts on the lifetime of these autohelms? The new units are around $3500 all in, which is a lot for our budget. Tom, Alchemy 1998 C380, #120  <hr /> Tom, I have an e125 and an X10 autohelm. The older pilots and ST60 instruments can be networked to the e series only through Seatalk NG

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Sirius Weather

I just installed Sirius weather on my C385 Raymarine Plotter. Sirius does a poor job of providing user guides to explain all the features. Does anyone know a good resource to learn all the in and outs of the product? I had the same issues last year when my Sirius weather was new. When I inquired, Sirius said there were too many models of equipment and each used / displayed their data differently for them to issue instructions. They said see the equipment owners manuals. It took about a year of playing with the unit to figure out what it would do and how to access it. I am still frustrated with the “warm up” time to acquire a signal. On some days it is immediately present and other days it can take as long as 20 minutes. Jim Sullivan WASOKI C-380 #174 Good luck. I have not found a

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C387 Microwave Replacement

My husband and I are in the process of buying a 2004 Catalina 387. The boat has a microwave sitting on the counter that does not fit the space in the cabinetry.. Now that I am reading this discussion from 3 years ago, I am wondering if it will be possible to replace it with one that fits. Any suggestion? Thanks, Sharon Pierce Sharon, When I looked last year, I found one that fit. I ended up with an Emerson. The issue I had was mounting it securely. I ended up mounting the microwave to a piece of plywood, then attaching the plywood to the bottom of the cabinet. Jim Sullivan WASOKI C-380 #174 I just had to replace mine this year as well. I found one at Wal-Mart for about $79 that fit right into the cabinet without any modifications. The only thing I had to do was drill

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Wind Generator Installation

Here’s one example from Warren Elliott: As to pole mounting, it’s adjacent to middle of aft seat, with attachment to rail forming aft-most part of seat’s back-rest.  Attachment is from Edson & uses a couple of C-clamps with special “adapter” which grabs rail. At bottom, pole is supported/attached to hull with Edson’s swivel-type surface mount. Also used Edson’s tall pole…11 1/2 feet as I recall.  Used this pole to get radar beam sufficiently above boom & bow per my radar antenna background. Garhauer has similar parts, although somewhat shorter pole, but probably considerably less $. BTW, wind gen is “Air-X”, not a “big” unit as some.  If you are going to install a big gen & radar, then you’d definitely need the longer Edson pole or equivalent to have sufficient space.  If wind gen only, smaller/ shorter pole is ok.  

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Shakespeare TV Antenna

The original TV antenna provided with La Mariposa in 1998 was an analog type that is no longer useable due to transmitting stations changeover to digital transmission. This analog TV antenna was removed from top of mast and not replaced. Coaxial Cable is still connected from chart table behind VHF radio all the way to the top of the mast where cable exits the mast. The Antenna bracket is still on top of mast. I have replaced the analog antenna with a Shakespeare omni-directional marine TV digital antenna. The picture quality is terrific and the signal does not degrade as the boat swings on its mooring because of the antenna’s unidirectional feature. I am now receiving “over-the-air” reception on the boat’s Sharp flat screen TV, model LC-19DV-12U. I am using 117 VAC power to drive both the TV and antenna. I use an inverter. The antenna’s power selector (12 VDC

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Experience with Honda Generator

There has been considerable discussion recently on the use of a Honda 2000 generator to power AC units when not connected to shore power. Having just purchased one, here is my experience. Note that this was for a 387 with two CruiseAir AC units, a larger one for the main cabin and a smaller one for the stern cabin. First, the generator had no problem running the stern AC unit. Unfortunately, the stern unit couldn’t deal with the whole boat when at anchor in the 90+ degree afternoon’s sun. We didn’t try it at night. Second, the generator could run the larger AC unit as long as it was the first time you ran it that day.  What you can’t do is to let the compressor stop and then restart it. That causes an overload on the generator. (Updated: 8/19/2013 – I installed a Dometic SmartStart to the main

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Honda Generators – Discussion

Here is a discussion from members using Honda Generators: We recently moved our Catalina/Morgan 380cc to South West Fl (Punta Gorda) from Long Island NY. When we lived on Long Island we only occasion ly needed air conditioning. This time of the year down here it is almost a necessity every night. The problem is it rains many nights down here as well. I am able to run the air with my Honda 2000 and I normally put the unit on the swim platform or up at the base of the mast when in use. So my question is can the Honda be exposed to a down pour or should it be covered. I know that some of you store the Honda at the mast, do you cover it and what do you do in the rain? Thanks Clint Stoddard of SuSea Q Clint, I store my Honda at the

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Raymarine E7 Experience

We were heading out on our annual trip to the San Juan and Gulf islands and found that the Radar wasn’t working. We have had to go in fog the last couple times and decide not to go without radar. Raymarine doesn’t make the old non digital raydomes anymore. They will service the old raydomes for $575. But it will take several weeks. The new digital Raydomes are not compatible with my RL70C chartplotter so I am considering buying the E7 and a new Digital Raydome. I would love to hear comments from anyone who has this setup. Specifically how it works with the old Seatalk 6000 plus autopilot, depth, wind, and speed instruments. Paul McManus Sea Sea Rider C380 #185 Port Orchard, WA Paul, I do not have the radar but I bought a new c125 this year. It’s the same family as the e7 just bigger and without

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