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Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 06-26-2022, 08:22 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,011
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The fact that the voltage does increase after...

The fact that the voltage does increase after running the main engine for awhile indicates that the batteries you are charging with the alternator are drawing the alternator voltage down because they...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 06-23-2022, 07:17 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 551
Posted By Mischief Managed
You make a great point. I dug around and found...

You make a great point. I dug around and found this from Pertronix:


"Most of our Ignitor kits are not adjustable and are factory set to the appropriate air gap. Some kits do require setting the...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 06-22-2022, 02:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 551
Posted By Mischief Managed
I was under the impression CDI was something that...

I was under the impression CDI was something that the engine had to be designed for. I think the electronic ignition conversion is simply a transistor switch that applies ground to the negative...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 06-22-2022, 07:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 207
Posted By Mischief Managed
You need to move a few wires to make it work, It...

You need to move a few wires to make it work, It is not currently producing 240 volts.


In 120V operation, it should be connected as follows:


H1 to T1
H2 to T3 to L1
H3 to T2 to L2 to...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 06-22-2022, 06:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 551
Posted By Mischief Managed
I'm not certain there are magnets on the...

I'm not certain there are magnets on the "ignition wheel". It really only needs to be ferrous metal with high spots and low spots to create the waveform needed. I think magnets are not used so that...
Forum: Other Trawler Systems 06-15-2022, 07:40 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,179
Posted By Mischief Managed
It looks just like a vacuflush pump, where is the...

It looks just like a vacuflush pump, where is the macerator function?
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 06-15-2022, 07:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 305
Posted By Mischief Managed
I think I know why this is: Typically,...

I think I know why this is:


Typically, two 30amp 120V inlets would be connected to a single 240V circuit (which is usually just two 120V circuits 180 degrees out of phase) in the dock pedestal...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 06-15-2022, 07:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 609
Posted By Mischief Managed
Why does it need a fan? I have never heard of a...

Why does it need a fan? I have never heard of a sound shield needing a fan. Just curious.
Forum: Other Trawler Systems 06-15-2022, 07:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 701
Posted By Mischief Managed
Fresh water pump kept cycling, simple fix...

My 35 psi fresh water pump died a few hours into the 2022 season. My spare was a 70 psi unit I got on Amazon that I thought would make for nicer showers (it does). I installed the spare and the extra...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 06-07-2022, 07:54 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 176
Posted By Mischief Managed
I think a second ACR with an automatic start...

I think a second ACR with an automatic start isolation is a much more elegant solution. Blue Seas ML series has inputs that connect to the starter relays on both engines and open the ACR contacts...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 06-07-2022, 07:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 258
Posted By Mischief Managed
I think there's a loose or corroded "ground"...

I think there's a loose or corroded "ground" connection where all the battery - terminals are connected together. Might be on the back of your engine on one of the bell housing bolts, Mercruiser uses...
Forum: Liveaboards 05-24-2022, 12:15 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 7,481
Posted By Mischief Managed
We sold our house and moved aboard our boat in...

We sold our house and moved aboard our boat in Summer 2020. We were planning to cruise up and down the east coast and live aboard full-time, but family issues are keeping us in New England for the...
Forum: Power Systems 05-24-2022, 09:26 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 334
Posted By Mischief Managed
My bonnets (old and new) are plastic and the...

My bonnets (old and new) are plastic and the flanges on the old ones were badly warped after 29 years of use. The new bonnets have double the flange thickness, I presume as a design improvement to...
Forum: Power Systems 05-24-2022, 07:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 334
Posted By Mischief Managed
dumb mistake on CAT 3208TA HE

Last year I rebuilt my HEs using brand new end caps (or "bonnets" as CAT calls them). The new caps were a different part number than the originals and have thicker flanges for the gasket surfaces. I...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 05-24-2022, 07:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,100
Posted By Mischief Managed
All the lights in the front third of my boat had...

All the lights in the front third of my boat had reverse polarity. I know the mistake was made in a junction box/bus bar somewhere in the path between the breaker that serves those lights and the...
Forum: General Discussion 05-03-2022, 07:21 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,272
Posted By Mischief Managed
I bought a few of those and had had to cut them...

I bought a few of those and had had to cut them off the spigots at the end of one season. The end fittings are nice, but they don't play well with other metals if you leave them on there a season in...
Forum: General Discussion 05-03-2022, 07:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 304
Posted By Mischief Managed
I tried that paint on my trim tabs and running...

I tried that paint on my trim tabs and running gear last year and it worked pretty well. I just sprayed it on again this year. That said, I never painted tabs or running gear before, so I don't know...
Forum: General Discussion 04-27-2022, 05:44 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,701
Posted By Mischief Managed
The seals attract fish too. They are typically...

The seals attract fish too. They are typically great and white.


We love P'town, it's a pleasant 6.5 hour cruise away from us and there's always plenty of room to anchor.
Forum: General Maintenance 04-20-2022, 05:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 855
Posted By Mischief Managed
I have been using Rotella T4 for years in boats...

I have been using Rotella T4 for years in boats and motorcycles. It's great oil, widely available and inexpensive. Your Perkins will thrive on it.


A good friend of mine has a fleet of 25+ diesel...
Forum: Power Systems 04-19-2022, 09:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,017
Posted By Mischief Managed
Heavy duty.

Heavy duty.
Forum: Power Systems 04-19-2022, 06:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,017
Posted By Mischief Managed
We recently purchased a condo that had a lot of...

We recently purchased a condo that had a lot of soot from years of excessive candle use by the first owner. We tried all kinds of different cleaners like Dawn, Simple Green, ammonia, bleach, vinegar,...
Forum: General Discussion 04-18-2022, 05:31 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,597
Posted By Mischief Managed
We have an 11 gallon water heater and routinely...

We have an 11 gallon water heater and routinely have guests aboard that use the guest shower. With 4 people showering and doing dishes etc., 11 gallons has been plenty. In think two people could...
Forum: General Discussion 04-18-2022, 05:13 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,426
Posted By Mischief Managed
Mavic Air 2 for me. Love it. Every boat should...

Mavic Air 2 for me. Love it. Every boat should come with a drone, They are amazingly useful.
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 04-13-2022, 01:37 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,655
Posted By Mischief Managed
While they may not be 100% one size fits all, the...

While they may not be 100% one size fits all, the zip ties I linked can hold one wire or a 3" hose. They can also be linked together to reach around even bigger objects.
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 04-13-2022, 01:33 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,655
Posted By Mischief Managed
Another reason to use the zip ties I linked. The...

Another reason to use the zip ties I linked. The tail is the part that gets screwed to the mounting surface and after you trim it, it lays flat.
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