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Old 05-19-2016, 04:59 AM   #21
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Thanks for the posts Hickers, it sounds like you are having a great trip North and visiting all the right places.

What are you powered by? You are getting great fuel economy I reckon.

Also what are you using for internet ? We found it very patchy at best once we got North of Keppel.

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Old 05-19-2016, 05:38 AM   #22
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Hi,
Bluechip had two Cummins qsb 5.9 380 hp diesels. With a semi displacement hull and all our life aboard she is no rocketship but at around 8 knots we are pretty economical. Max cruise is 15/16 knots at 120 lph or around 8 litres per nautical Mile so doubling the speed quadruples the fuel use!! We weighed in at 19 tons when lifted at the Gccm with about 1500 litres of diesel and 900 litres of water on board ( but not much wine!) We are not in a hurry so happy to enjoy the lower fuel usage!

For Internet we have a Telstra wifi 4gx hotspot hooked up to a directional dual output antenna. I just look at the map and point it at the nearest town. We regained 3G about 40 miles off Mackay. I also have an Ericsson w35 but as its 3G it's so slow in good service areas and the antenna is non directional.

I really do need to add another inverter though to run the Watermaker and hot water whilst travelling, twin 120 amp alternators mean we have plenty of wasted power at the moment but our 2.5 inverter would be hard pressed to cope with the constant demand! A project for another day! Name:  ImageUploadedByTrawler Forum1463650700.190306.jpg
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Old 05-19-2016, 06:00 AM   #23
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Cool

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What is that directional antenna you have? That sounds interesting.

I have a Telstra 4G hotspot thing with its Sierra Router but external antenna would help.

We have a 5KVA Inverter that we use a lot. Underway we can run most things, boil the kettle, ice maker and run aircon in main saloon etc so we don't need to run genset when underway. We cant run main fridges as inrush current is abit high for inverter bu we have eutectic fridges anyway so no big deal, they hold over well.

For hot water why don't you have a heating loop from your main engine? Most marine hot water units are set up for it but often are'nt plumbed in, might be worth looking at.

We have water maker its a 24 volt one , we have never used it. Mind you we are pretty smelly people.
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So when we catch up for a drink we will bring some water then???

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Would love to hook the hws up to the engines but that's another boat Buck! I will have to go back to work at this rate!!


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Forget the water....it only dilutes the Scotch, highly over rated IMHO.

Good for ice though

Where did you get that antenna? Might be handy, take it upstaires and plug into your hotspot got to help at times. I have pretty much the same hotspot thingy as you, it works well most of the time.
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Old 06-11-2016, 04:56 AM   #26
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A NOT SO GOOD DAY!
Left Stonehaven this morning and as we departed the autopilot died, I figured it was just a fuse and I would sort it at Cid when we arrived.
Lifted the floor to be confronted with 3 litres of bright red hydraulic fluid that had sprayed everywhere at high pressure, what a mess. The power steering pump housing had come loose from its motor 😠. Only took 6 hours to disassemble/repair/reassemble and clean up the mess. Love boats! But not today!Name:  ImageUploadedByTrawler Forum1465635344.217251.jpg
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Another golden thread in boating's rich tapestry!!!
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Good to see you got it all sorted Andrew.
Never a good sight when you open up a compartment and see something like that.
Good days ahead.
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Took two bottles of red to get the smell of hydraulic fluid from my nose!


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Ah well it was not so bad then hey, otherwise it would have affected the grape price.
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Important thing was that you were able to fix it, and keep on with your cruise. A PITA to be cruising without AP, that's for sure.

I'm at GCCM. Doug is going to get started on my mast mods next week so I am removing all the wiring into it at present. The Sat dish is now going to be on the mast, which will also become 900mm higher.

Jim came by yesterday as well, and we have a plan to improve my solar set up. I am changing from 7 x 260W to 6 x 345W, and will need new mounts as they are slightly different in size. Also moving 2 lower panels forward to avoid part shading. But another key element is to add an Outback Mate3, a remote management console. At present my 2 FlexMax 80 controllers operate independently, which can mean one goes into float early. The Mate3 can synchronize them, and that should give a little more output over the day as well.
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Brian,
See you there, I am going down to the boat today and intend to move up to GCCM tomorrow afternoon with some help from Doug.
Will only be there a short so will probably pinch Jim for an hour or so.
See you soon.
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Jim is off to PNG next week for a few days, so make sure you give him heads up on when you need him. Like Doug, he is really busy at present too. I'll probably catch the train home in the morning so I can bring my car down to GCCM, should be back late afternoon. I'm likely going to be here for 2-3 weeks.
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Yeah , all good Brian, spoke to him as soon as I got of the plane from Paris. We just have a couple of small outstanding jobs. Will catch up this week.
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I reckon he owe Benn a freebie after referring So much business to him!


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Brian, 6x345 watts, you could run your engines on that, Friday we picked up 2.6kw for the day from our two panels leaving me with a full battery banks even after running everything all day (about 25 amps per hour)




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Hickers,
I'm away, left GCCM this morning , now at the Sandhills and into Mooloolaba tomorrow. Weather permitting depart for the Swains at the end of the week.
Things are looking up.
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Glad to hear, enjoy the journey, catch some fish and have a beer or two. We will see you once the fish are all gone!!
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Nice run up from the Sandhills this morning and with the tide, trying to go slow so that I could get into Mooloolaba at least 1 1/2 hrs after the low tide.
The Gardner was just ticking along and I was still getting 8 knots
All tied up by 1400 hrs ready to store up , a couple of oil changes and then to go chase some fish.
Check the screen shots 1061 RPM, 9.4 lt/hr, 1.03 lt/NM @ 8.32 knots wish I could do this all the time.
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Brian, 6x345 watts, you could run your engines on that, Friday we picked up 2.6kw for the day from our two panels leaving me with a full battery banks even after running everything all day (about 25 amps per hour)

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The Amp-hours get gobbled up somewhere. My theory is that you can never have enough solar charging capacity, but 6 panels is all I can reasonably fit without getting into shading issues. And no, I'll just use the John Deere's to move along.

The plan is to be able to make extended stays on the hook without needing to start my little Honda 2000. I'm hoping for a bit over 700Ah on a good day.
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