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Forum: Boating Safety and Concerns 06-23-2018, 07:54 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,508
Posted By TDunn
I have one on my sailboat. It has been in the...

I have one on my sailboat. It has been in the cockpit locker since I bought the boat 22 years ago.
Forum: Grand Banks 06-23-2018, 07:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 330
Posted By TDunn
Fuel burn is totally dependent on how fast you...

Fuel burn is totally dependent on how fast you go. For my boat a 5 knot cruise speed will burn 0.2 gph, 6 knots is about 0.4, 7 knots 0.75, 8.5 knots 1.8 gph and 9.2 knots (wide open throttle) 2.3...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 06-22-2018, 11:23 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 509
Posted By TDunn
That is true for the older battery tools that use...

That is true for the older battery tools that use Nickel metal hydride batteries. Newer tools with lithium batteries maintain charge much longer and don't have significant capacity loss over time or...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 06-22-2018, 08:20 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 509
Posted By TDunn
Those batteries contain multiple Lithium ion...

Those batteries contain multiple Lithium ion 18650 cells. Those cells come in a wide range of amp-hr ratings ranging from about 1.5 to 3.5 per battery. The maximum discharge rate is also related to...
Forum: Boating Safety and Concerns 06-21-2018, 06:26 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,315
Posted By TDunn
A harbormaster in Maine who enforced that...

A harbormaster in Maine who enforced that wouldn't last long. The local harbormaster used to live next door to me. A few years ago he enforced the requirement that all dinghys tied up at the town...
Forum: Power Systems 06-15-2018, 07:17 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,131
Posted By TDunn
I have been very happy with my Torqeedo. I have...

I have been very happy with my Torqeedo. I have no need to go farther than the range of the Torqeedo (I have two batteries so the range is over 10 miles). Even if I ran out of power, my dinghy has...
Forum: Power Systems 06-13-2018, 07:42 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,131
Posted By TDunn
In that power range consider a Torqeedo. No...

In that power range consider a Torqeedo. No propane or gas to worry about. No flushing or cooling system to clog up. In addition is is quieter than the Lehr and much quieter than the Honda.
Forum: Boating Safety and Concerns 06-13-2018, 07:33 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,315
Posted By TDunn
The trick in Maine is to cruise in May and early...

The trick in Maine is to cruise in May and early June. There is very little lobster gear in the water then and what there is is farther off shore. As the season progresses the amount of gear...
Forum: Marinas, Anchorage, Harbors, Slips and Storage 06-07-2018, 08:07 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,369
Posted By TDunn
I like bull rails. I can lag bolt my cleats down...

I like bull rails. I can lag bolt my cleats down exactly where I want them :)
Forum: General Discussion 06-04-2018, 07:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,004
Posted By TDunn
I always buy my diesel at the gas station. The...

I always buy my diesel at the gas station. The price is about the same, but my boat has very old fuel fills (the boat was built in 1936) and the fuel nozzle on the marina's system and pretty much...
Forum: Financial Matters and Red Tape 05-28-2018, 08:54 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,841
Posted By TDunn
The boat must be surveyed before anyone does...

The boat must be surveyed before anyone does anything and then again AFTER all repairs are completed. Do NOT use the yards suggested surveyor. Contact your insurance company immediately. The list...
Forum: General Discussion 05-22-2018, 08:00 AM
Replies: 145
Views: 6,147
Posted By TDunn
I burn about 0.25 gph at 5.5 knots and 0.6 gph at...

I burn about 0.25 gph at 5.5 knots and 0.6 gph at 7 knots. That works out to 22 mpg at 5.5 knots, but only about 12 mpg at 7 knots. My boat is 32'8" and powered by a single Volvo-Penta D2-40...
Forum: Power Systems 05-22-2018, 07:53 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,003
Posted By TDunn
The oil itself won't break down, after all it is...

The oil itself won't break down, after all it is millions of years old (unless you use synthetic). However, the additives could deteriorate and the oil will pick up moisture and become acidic. I...
Forum: General Discussion 05-15-2018, 06:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 470
Posted By TDunn
Since your wife way paying you should have gone...

Since your wife way paying you should have gone for the brait. She would love how supple it is and it doesn't hockle. I switched to brait a few years ago and the lines are as supple now as they...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 05-10-2018, 09:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 406
Posted By TDunn
You can save money on the controller by setting...

You can save money on the controller by setting up your house bank as 24 volts. Then run your systems with a 24:12 DC:DC converter. The cost of the converter will reduce the controller savings a...
Forum: General Discussion 04-22-2018, 07:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 831
Posted By TDunn
There is nothing complicated about switching from...

There is nothing complicated about switching from dual to single lever controls or the other way. All you do is change out the actual shifter/throttle. There are no changes to the cables.
Forum: General Discussion 04-18-2018, 08:40 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 4,649
Posted By TDunn
I have made a compromise. I have my 33' trawler...

I have made a compromise. I have my 33' trawler for calm days and I have my 36' ketch for the other days. Since we are getting older I also compromised with the sailboat - leisure furl main,...
Forum: General Discussion 04-14-2018, 07:49 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,693
Posted By TDunn
I don't lock my dinghy and I leave the oars in...

I don't lock my dinghy and I leave the oars in it. I do take the motor off and keep it on the boat, but only because it doesn't get beat up as much and that is where the solar panel I use for...
Forum: General Discussion 04-14-2018, 07:40 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,147
Posted By TDunn
I have three (two hard and one inflatable), but...

I have three (two hard and one inflatable), but only use one in a given year. Here in Maine you need one since there are few marinas and most of the time you will be anchored or on a mooring ball.
Forum: General Discussion 04-03-2018, 08:26 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,272
Posted By TDunn
ZERO knots. No one here in Maine goes out at...

ZERO knots. No one here in Maine goes out at night unless they have a full cage around the props. Even then you will get lobster gear on the rudders. I have only run at night a couple of times...
Forum: General Maintenance 03-30-2018, 09:01 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,877
Posted By TDunn
I paint the bottoms on both my boats every...

I paint the bottoms on both my boats every Spring. The 36' sailboat takes longer than the 33' powerboat but is easier on the back because there is less stooping. I use a water based ablative paint...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 03-28-2018, 08:00 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,263
Posted By TDunn
This is a very simple fix. Wire the alternator...

This is a very simple fix. Wire the alternator directly to the start batteries. Then connect the house bank to the start batteries with an automatic charging relay (ACR) sized to take the full...
Forum: General Discussion 03-21-2018, 09:06 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,241
Posted By TDunn
Close high speed passes happen frequently here. ...

Close high speed passes happen frequently here. My favorite day cruise is up a narrow channel called Some Sound. The entrance channel to the sound is about 100 yards wide for a half mile. Two...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 03-16-2018, 08:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,034
Posted By TDunn
I have two grp 29 flooded deep cycle batteries...

I have two grp 29 flooded deep cycle batteries for about 220 amp-hr capacity. All I use electricity for is to run the bilge pumps, lights (all LED), pressure water pump, the Webasto heater (only run...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 03-11-2018, 06:44 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 7,705
Posted By TDunn
Dave, the Bluetooth lets the controller talk to...

Dave, the Bluetooth lets the controller talk to your phone. Look at my video showing what you can do with a SmartSolar controller and a smart phone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tH4Szv5QYAE
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