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Old 06-17-2014, 11:59 AM   #141
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Ok Ski,
It's a Northern Lights.
Here is the tag on it.
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Old 06-17-2014, 12:00 PM   #142
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I brought the manual back. Im going to get a set of those rubber boots for the HX as was suggested.
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Old 06-17-2014, 12:11 PM   #143
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Electrical

Does anyone know what this is? It is a device that replaced something else. I am thinking that it replaced a battery isolator, but I am not experienced enough to understand the electrical system.

Now that my engine is mostly squared away, understanding and modifying, if necessary, the electrical system is one of the major undertakings I have on my list.
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Old 06-17-2014, 12:22 PM   #144
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Hydraulic thruster problem

No work was done this weekend. I was cruising with the family.
I used the (Dickson) stern thruster a few times. It's pretty cool since it is hydraulic and you can run it for long periods of time. You dont really need it for docking with the big screw and large rudder- but I used it to spin the boat around a few times for fun.
However, when I checked out the engine room the next day, there was a puddle of it and it looks like it has water mixed in with it. When I bought the boat,the two hydraulic lines from the solenoid to the thruster were both replaced as one had burst. I am not sure how water could enter the system. Any ideas would be appreciated.
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Old 06-17-2014, 12:34 PM   #145
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Fathers day weekend cruise

Some pictures of this weekends cruise.
Stockton Marina
Mildred Island
Riverboat Marina
San Joaquin River
Google Barge
Craw 'dad'
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Old 06-17-2014, 12:54 PM   #146
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That device is a 60 amp BlueSea ACR (automatic charge relay). It has voltage set points (the small pots) Look at the BlueSea website under ACR's. This is the smallest in the BlueSea ACR series. This device is a better way to charge an auxillary battery it doesn't have the voltage drop that a battery isolator would have (-.6VDC).
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Old 06-17-2014, 04:49 PM   #147
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It's great to see you and the family using that boat.
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Old 06-17-2014, 04:51 PM   #148
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That device is a 60 amp BlueSea ACR (automatic charge relay). It has voltage set points (the small pots) Look at the BlueSea website under ACR's. This is the smallest in the BlueSea ACR series. This device is a better way to charge an auxillary battery it doesn't have the voltage drop that a battery isolator would have (-.6VDC).
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Interesting.. I'm not sure how it was hooked up on the charge end of it.. I think all the batteries are connected to it on the charge side... Probably not a good thing... I wonder how I should separate the banks of batteries.
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Old 06-17-2014, 05:01 PM   #149
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Either end can charge, it can be either direction (bi-directional), one direction or the opposite direction (charging current flow).
It should be wired to only charge an aux battery off the primary battery, a battery charger or the alternator. The green light is lit meaning it's combining the charge. One other point I would clean up the negative buss bar it's got a decent amount of surface corrosion on it. Perhaps spray it with WD40 (the negative buss bar) after loosening the grounds then re-tighten.
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Old 06-17-2014, 05:40 PM   #150
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I would be more than happy to help you sort out the battery's (DC) electrical systems on your boat. A good place to start would be to draw a diagram of the system starting at the 1st battery. Locate anything be it a battery charger, ACR, Isolator, alternator, battery switches and all ground and positive buss bars and fuses.
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Old 07-07-2014, 02:45 PM   #151
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We cruised for 5 days last week. We made it to Vallejo and back.
Our original destination was Sausolito, but my wife was feeling queasy in Carquinez Straight so we turned into Vallejo and made it as far as Napa. We watched the fireworks in Vallejo and they were pretty good. The boys loved them.

On the maintenance side;

I have an electrician scheduled for later this month to sort out the electrical issues (if there are any)

I removed all of the old navigation equipment from the boat other than the depth sounder. My android tablet seems to work better than the old stuff did and it was just cluttering up the console.

I am mentally gearing up for installing the new nav equipment. The first thing to do is install the new radar mast which has been ordered. If there is a lot of downtime required at the yard for this, I may put it off till fall or winter when the boys are in school.

I have made no headway with the windshield wipers. The posts seem totally deteriorated to the pint that I am convinced they are not worth salvaging as they will need to be replaced anyhow sometime soon in the future. Communications have broken down between AM equipment and myself. I'll have to jumpstart taht again soon as we could have used the wipers several times this last weekend running up Carquinez Straight.

DC fans are needed on the boat! The delta is hot! AC is out of the question so fans will have to suffice.

The final parts for the genny arrived today! Woohoo. I cant wait to fire it up although we havent needed it at all with the solar array on the roof. I noticed over the week that the solar panels will pretty much keep the batteries topped off if we only have the fridge running and we sparsely use the inverter for the microwave or coffee maker.

I also met with the mechanic who is a cummins specialist. He is going to repair our stern thruster that has water in the hydraulic fluid. If the issue turns out to be a major deal money wise, I may just remove the whole thing as I could live without it. I'm also going to have him install the fuel polisher and assess a small oil leak in the main.
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Old 07-07-2014, 02:52 PM   #152
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Old 07-07-2014, 05:47 PM   #153
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What? No photo of the Coot from when you said we passed each other Saturday?
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Old 07-07-2014, 05:56 PM   #154
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I'm going to have to go visit Mark Pierce and other TF'ers on the way for sure.
Missed opportunity: we (including Giggitoni and FlyWright) were at K dock at the Vallejo Marina on the Fourth for the fireworks!
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Old 07-07-2014, 07:53 PM   #155
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What? No photo of the Coot from when you said we passed each other Saturday?
I was too busy hailing you on the radio and blasting my horn.

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Missed opportunity: we (including Giggitoni and FlyWright) were at K dock at the Vallejo Marina on the Fourth for the fireworks!
I saw your boat the evening before, but I couldn't go strolling as we would have locked ourselves out of the gate. I tried you on the radio that day as well!
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I was too busy hailing you on the radio and blasting my horn.

Well there's your problem bligh. Shoulda contacted Mark via the forum.

Cannot find the thread right now but a few years ago one of Mark's dock neighbors actually signed up a membership here at TF and started a thread that his boat was leaning. Turned out to be a fresh load of fuel he hadn't transferred tanks on yet.
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I was too busy hailing you on the radio and blasting my horn.

I saw your boat the evening before, but I couldn't go strolling as we would have locked ourselves out of the gate. I tried you on the radio that day as well!
You need a louder horn!



Drove to the marina late afternoon on the Fourth. ... Don't always have my VHF on while at the dock. ... Mostly spent time on Mahalo Moi Friday evening, but Ray didn't have the VHF on either.
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We probably wouldn't have heard it anyway with all the drinking songs!
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Old 07-08-2014, 12:33 AM   #159
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Bligh, if you changed your avatar to a picture of your boat, you'd be easier to recognize. (For better or worse, my boat is consciously-made recognizable several times further away than most boats.)

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Old 07-13-2014, 02:27 AM   #160
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Aside from my impeller detour this weekend, I made some headway on the windshield wipers. Friday, I spoke with Butch Eiland at AM equipment (AMequipment.com). We decided that I needed new pivot shafts. Ok no problem. I thought I would just be able to extract the motors after removing the teak covers over them. WRONG. I had to remove a tone of trim in teh pilothouse and the headliner. It wouldnt have been so bad except I was working upsideown on my chart table, console, and dashboard the whole time. Many of the screws were concealed behind the pleather padding as well making it a little more challenging. Here are some pictures of the project late in the process. I took all of the motors home with me so hopefully I will have the new pivot shafts installed in the motor assembly so I can reverse the process next weekend.
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