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Old 04-15-2016, 08:32 PM   #81
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New fenders at 50 bucks a pop.
Yeah, I was afraid you would say that.
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Old 04-15-2016, 08:48 PM   #82
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There can be other factors, but I suspect a nexus between your genset batt being the first and only original batt to fail, and it being the only batt with irregular and limited charging limited to times the genset runs.
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Dave, when I went to replace my house batteries, the american equivalent batteries would not fit in boxes, Chinese batts slightly smaller. Rather than change boxes, bought 6 6 volt, ended up with 700 amp hours. They are lead acid, and seem to be working well.
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There can be other factors, but I suspect a nexus between your genset batt being the first and only original batt to fail, and it being the only batt with irregular and limited charging limited to times the genset runs.
Easily could be right about that.
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Old 04-16-2016, 12:37 AM   #85
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Dave, when I went to replace my house batteries, the american equivalent batteries would not fit in boxes, Chinese batts slightly smaller. Rather than change boxes, bought 6 6 volt, ended up with 700 amp hours. They are lead acid, and seem to be working well.
After spending a few days crawling in to the back reaches of that lazarette, the idea of checking the fluid level of the batteries back there doesn't fill me with glee. Even getting a good enough angle to view into the chambers would be tricky.

OTOH, as I found out last fall on my sailboat, using 6v golf carts is the most economical solution. I went the cheap route on my sailboat and used Some Interstate batteries sold by Costco. 108 ah each. 6 would be. just shy of 650ah.

Of interest, the battery monitor shows % of charge as well as amps in or out and voltage of the house bank. The highest % it every hits is 94%. To my simply mind, it is telling me that over the 6 years of use, the batteries have lost 6% of their capacity?
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Old 04-16-2016, 01:37 AM   #86
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Although I don't need to use this... because of EZ access to check my boat's batts' fluid levels... there is an auto fill level contraption for LA batts. I don't recall brand/model name. Maybe someone will chime in. As I recall, the system works off a "feeder" jug/bottle; long as you keep it full - it keeps the batts full too, to correct fill level. Sounds like no muss no fuss once installed.


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Dave-on the fenders-could you buy some sturdy 10.5" fender covers, deflate the fenders, put them in the covers, then re-inflate. Should be able to get a solid pressure, and if the covers are strong, keep the 10.5" diameter to fit in the holders.
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Dave-on the fenders-could you buy some sturdy 10.5" fender covers, deflate the fenders, put them in the covers, then re-inflate. Should be able to get a solid pressure, and if the covers are strong, keep the 10.5" diameter to fit in the holders.

Clever - if it works.
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Dave-on the fenders-could you buy some sturdy 10.5" fender covers, deflate the fenders, put them in the covers, then re-inflate. Should be able to get a solid pressure, and if the covers are strong, keep the 10.5" diameter to fit in the holders.
That is a clever idea. Nothing wrong with trying it out on one and seeing if it works.
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Although I don't need to use this... because of EZ access to check my boat's batts' fluid levels... there is an auto fill level contraption for LA batts. I don't recall brand/model name. Maybe someone will chime in. As I recall, the system works off a "feeder" jug/bottle; long as you keep it full - it keeps the batts full too, to correct fill level. Sounds like no muss no fuss once installed.


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Good idea Art, I was actually thinking of that after I posted above. I know that some sailors have reported good success with those. Trojan makes a system and I know there are others.
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LA battery caps vary. One of my 8Ds has screw in caps which look to have fluid recovery ability, the other has push on caps. The latter batt(which I`ve had before, and this one is no different) needs topping up, the former, a big beast designed for Sydney Govt. Buses, never needs it.
I use a head torch to see into the cells when checking/topping up.
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LA battery caps vary. One of my 8Ds has screw in caps which look to have fluid recovery ability, the other has push on caps. The latter batt(which I`ve had before, and this one is no different) needs topping up, the former, a big beast designed for Sydney Govt. Buses, never needs it.
I use a head torch to see into the cells when checking/topping up.
Please elaborate on... "big beast designed for Sydney Govt" that never needs topping. A led acid batt that never evaporates water... ?? How long is life span? Cost?

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Flow-rite may make the most popular fill system.

https://flow-rite.com/battery-watering/pro-fill

Trojan has their Hydrolink system.

HydroLink Watering System | Trojan Battery Company

And there are many others out there. It seems golf carts have actually driven much of this market.
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What is this thing?

I found this in bowels of the aft lazarette. Any idea what it is, what it it used for and how?
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Looks like somebody left you a fishing weight for a downrigger.
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Looks like somebody left you a fishing weight for a downrigger.
Maybe. I think the boat was setup at one time for downriggers but I don't think the owner ever used them. This thing is really heavy and attached to maybe a 10' line.

If anyone wants it, it is free to a good home. Just come by Gig Harbor to get it.
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CO detector, EOL

My boat had two CO detectors. Both reached their EOL last month. As near as I can tell, the only thing to do is replace them.
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Jeez Dave, is that new boat falling apart?!
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My boat had two CO detectors. Both reached their EOL last month. As near as I can tell, the only thing to do is replace them.
Correct O' Peel!
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Jeez Dave, is that new boat falling apart?!
Just my bad timing. The PO told me that the CO detectors would need changing. I'm just getting around to checking on it.

I had Tacoma Diesel come out and remove the heat exchanger and after cooler today. They will have them cleaned and checked out and then will reinstall them again next Friday. After watching it being done, I know I could do it myself next time. OTOH, I don't bend as well as I used to.
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