C380 Air Conditioning

We have 2 Marine Air units 16000 btu and 7500 btu. The larger one is installed under the forward port settee in the salon the smaller is installed in the port closet in the aft cabin. They have work well over the past 10 years. One feature is the humidity mode that we use when we left the boat in the Rio Dulce, Guatemala 6 months each year for 5 years. The boat would be just as we left it in June when we returned in January. With regard to a generator we used a Honda 2000 for the years we had Up Jinks in Central America. It is quiet and efficient. The only down side is it uses gasoline which we kept in a 5 gallon can secured on the deck. While cruising we would keep the generator in the space between the laserettes just in front of the

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C380 Air Conditioning

I have a 12000btu mermaid model on my 380. It heats as well as cools. There is a spare slot on the A/C power panel for the wiring. I installed the unit as you suggest under the aft part of the port setee. The control box is in that area, as well. I draw the intake air from the forward section of the settee and discharge the cool air directly out the side of the settee – towards the nav station. The grill has deflectors so I can move the cold air upwards and to both sides. I have a number of Hella fans that I use to move the cool air around the boat. I put the intake thru hull in the same compartment as the shower pump and the strainer and water pump in the bilge area adjacent to the thru hull. The outlet is on the port

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C380 Air Conditioning

My unit is installed under the settee storage area in front of the gally sink with the return cut out in the same area facing the table. I was able to get ducts to all three cabins of the boat but this was a little tricky. My unit is a 16000 btu unit and came with a 6″x6″x4″ fitting which i mounted right off the unit. So for the main cabin i ran 6″ flex duct through the port side settee it tucked in neatly along side the water tank into the vanity in the vee berth then up to the med cabinet. There is a hollow between the sink cab and the med cab. (look and measure before you drill or cut the holes) mount your adapted for your main cabin inside the med cab, off of that fitting i cut in a 4″ round fitting and ran across

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Configuring iPad with Brookhouse iMux

I came across the following link that shows how to configure your iPad if you are using the Brookhouse iMux: iMux and iNavX

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Seattle Boat Show – iPad Integration

I also stopped and talked to Raymarine about iPad integration, specifically with questions about integrating Seatalk instrument data. The directed me over to a local dealer who was demonstrating DMK Yacht Instruments 11A Wireless connection for iOS Device (iPad). This device was amazing small and really simplified integration efforts, and was clearly another option to the Brookhouse iMux. Since the DMK instruments is based on open source software with a growing number of partners writing software for it, including many working on Android support, I found it quite intriguing. We also discussed the likely hood of integrating Seatalk data without some form of translation, which they said isn’t done natively by either the iNavx or Navionics apps. Check out www.dmkyacht.com Jim Turner “Makana Kai”, 2000 C380, #227 JimTurner@comcast.net Unfortunately, it appears that the DMK app doesn’t work unless the iPad is connected to the WiFi signal broadcast by the DMK

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Folding or Feathering Prop – Discussion Stream

Question for those of you who upgraded to a folding or feathering prop. From what I researched so far, it seems like folding is a better way to go, especially with 2 blades. Folding has less drag when sailing but slightly inferior with respect to motoring performance. 3 blades is better for headwinds and waves but has more drag and costs much more. The two best choices for price seem to be Gori 2-blade around $1300 or Flex-o-Fold 3-blade, slightly over $2K. The Gori 3-blade is well over $3K. One thing I couldn’t get a clear answer on was whether folding props reverse blades when backing up or if that is only a feature of feathering props. Can anyone approximate average speed gains? Any improvement with prop walk when backing? Any problems/failures with prop not unfolding? Any maintenance problems from marine growth on the gears? How about the 2-bladers? Anyone

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Flex-O-Fold Prop

For anyone who has followed the long and tedious thread on my F-O-F prop, here is the conclusion: I finally exchanged the blades to 18×11. This is either the perfect pitch or slightly under. An 18×12 would probably work fine too, but the 18×13 was clearly too much. My RPM is around 3750 while it should be 3600. Trouble is, my tach shows inconsistent reading when above 3500 RPM. Bottom line is at the top of my cruising range 3000 RPM boat speed is between 6.7-7.4 knots. This is as good if not slightly better than the fixed 18×12 prop I replaced. Sailing in light air gains ½ knot boat speed when folded. Haven’t had heavier air as of yet which is uncommon this time of year. Prop walk is virtually non-existent. I am very happy with the prop. One word of caution if you are a prospective F-O-F buyer.

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iPad to Raymarine E80 Connection – Additional notes

The final version of this article has been sent to Mainsheet for publication and also added to this website. The following are notes that were not part of the final document but which may be helpful. Notes: – I experimented with two different WiFi routers for this installation, with mixed results. I used a $30 Netgear router and a $120 D-Link router. They both work very well at home, but the Netgear router proved unreliable onboard the boat. Connection to the iPad took 30 to 45 seconds and frequently failed. Also, the NMEA data stream was slow and sporadic. Since it worked well at home I suspect that the Netgear router is more susceptible to electronic interference than the D-Link router when placed behind the nav desk with all the electrical wires and other electronic equipment. – The following Raymarine article describes the process of adding a WiFi router downstream

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