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Old 05-11-2013, 05:59 AM   #1
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First night on new (old) boat.... LOW BATTERY!

Ok, it's 5:30 am, first night on 42' Formosa Double Cabin after two weeks in the yard getting the bottom painted and a few other odds and ends. Prior to that was the sea trial and the survey where almost everything worked.

First, I connected my shore power, everything looked ok on the panel. Turned on Batter Charger, then fridge. Fridge went on ok, then tried airco... Went on but no water came out the side as it had two weeks ago so I shut it off. Very warm in here tonight, so I went and bought a fan. Turned on the AC in the salon and plugged it in, fan works, computer and phone are charging, galley lights work but salon lights don't. I go to bed with the fan running, fridge running. 4:30 AM I wake up to "Low Battery" beep and voice, but I can't tell where it's coming from. It happens about every 5 minutes. I check the panel and i turn off everything but the battery charger and it's still going off. Would that warning be for my main batteries? If so does that mean my charger is bad or batteries? or both? Or could it be a Carbon Monoxide warning thing? I've just got a funky flashlight so I haven't pulled up the floorboards as I wouldn't know what I was looking for anyway. PO is coming over in a few hours but I'm up and it's annoying..
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:48 AM   #2
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Get some coffee and wait for the PO.
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Old 05-11-2013, 09:35 AM   #3
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Found the culprit... Carbon Monoxide Detector "hidden".. Battery terminals corroded. I knew this was going to be fun!
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:55 PM   #4
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The "fun" is just beginning. It will take awhile before you become familar with all the systems and how they work. Just be patient and try to not get frustrated. You are lucky that the PO is close by and willing to help.

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Old 05-11-2013, 12:59 PM   #5
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Old 05-11-2013, 01:32 PM   #6
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Old 05-11-2013, 02:57 PM   #8
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Thanks all. I knew what I was getting into but I was kind of hoping for a better start. Maybe someone can help me with this new mystery.. My broker said the airco not spitting water was probably an airlock as it's been in the boat yard for two weeks. He explained how to get it going again but I haven't gotten to it yet.
Two weeks ago the boat was very clean for the survey and sea trial. Last night after the Boat Yard owner delivered it to my slip while I was out of town after it's new bottom paint, new zincs, and a new bolt on the swim step support, I came in and it looked like something had "exploded," in the galley. Spray pattern like an active bottle of champagne... Centered around the sink. Chunky white stuff in the mix felt like salt, like it was very salty salt water that had sprayed around then dried. On the walls, floor, counter, and ceiling... Forward head is the same way but worse! Aft head is worse still!
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Old 05-11-2013, 03:04 PM   #9
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It certainly looks to me like you've been vandalized, if the mess extends through a number of cabins. I'd get the police involved.
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Old 05-11-2013, 03:19 PM   #10
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Old 05-11-2013, 03:48 PM   #11
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Assuming nothing was wet, my only guess is they were sandblasting a boat next to you with the hatches and ports open. But it's a low confidence guess.
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Looks like the drains exploded up into the cabins.
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Old 05-11-2013, 04:00 PM   #13
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Years back I had some kids break into my boat and set off the fire extinguisher. Made a real mess. Looks similar.
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Old 05-11-2013, 04:03 PM   #14
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Looks like the drains exploded up into the cabins.
In reference to jeffnick's keen observation of possible upward drain explosions... did the launching yard's lift drop your boat by mistake into the water from some unusual height, which depending on certain items may have placed extreme back pressure on some hose portions. Hope you have ins!

If this is the case - water egress could also have pushed water into your engines via exhaust, depending on factors.

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Did they use a pressure cleaner to clean the bottom?
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Did they use a pressure cleaner to clean the bottom?
That is my.guess
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Old 05-11-2013, 04:31 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by Nimble1
Did they use a pressure cleaner to clean the bottom?

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That is my.guess
Then they shoved the pressure washer's wand into sink drain scuppers... well above boot strap??
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Did they use a pressure cleaner to clean the bottom?
I think you're on the right track!
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Old 05-11-2013, 05:06 PM   #19
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Soda blasting maybe? Either on your boat or close to it?
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Old 05-11-2013, 05:54 PM   #20
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Odd. I don't see any of the white stuff in the sinks themselves. If it came through the drains, wouldn't you expect to see at least a little bit there also (unless it was so slippery it drained back out again)?

Did you clean them out before you took the pictures?
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