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    Mooring lines to permanent buoy setup

    Our experience is that the bottom chain has hardly any wear compared to the upper portions where the links are always moving. We decided to hire a pro and have a Helical screw system put in along the lines of what is recommended by our state. Getting rid of the all chain approach and having...
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    Mooring lines to permanent buoy setup

    Good point about ripping off the whole bow. Thanks for your input.
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    Mooring lines to permanent buoy setup

    Hey SailFanatic (Capt. Larry) and any others that want to chime in -- I am going to go with two of the Yale Maxi Moor pendants, setup where one is slack by a few inches to be the backup in case the primary fails. I emailed Yale about their 1/2" vs. 5/8" versions, and they indicated either...
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    12 volt charging at marina

    Hello all -- I have collected some more information noted below. I have "wiggled" into the space where the batteries are stored to access some wiring and it was a challenge. Accessing this space to check Flooded battery water levels would not be fun How often do I need to do this...
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    1 pound Propane bottles for Kenyon cook top

    Benny, thanks for your post. This was what I was thinking of but without the pressure switch. The hose that connects connects to the bottom of the Kenyon is about 10 fee long and passes through a bulkhead on it's way toward the stern where it ends down in the cockpit lazarettes. My thought...
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    1 pound Propane bottles for Kenyon cook top

    Thanks to all the posters. I am well aware of the risk of propane on boats. I was not aware that there’s a 5 pound size propane tank, which Could be a better solution than using the adapter upstream from the pressure regulator via a 1 pound type bottle. Given my limited space for storage, if...
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    1 pound Propane bottles for Kenyon cook top

    My "new to me" old Cal 27 has a Kenyon 219 - 2 burner propane cook top. The PO had a 20# tank connected to below the cockpit, which was just stupid. I have removed the hose, regulator, etc. and I have it in the shop for testing. Given the counter "cut-out" it would be nice to keep the Kenyon...
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    12 volt charging at marina

    Based on all the input, I'm thinking this is the type type of battery I should have asked the "yard" to install in my boat. Two of these WEST MARINE Deep Cycle Flooded Marine Battery, 90 Amp Hours, Group 27 | West Marine After reading their "return policy" I sent an email to see if there is...
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    12 volt charging at marina

    Thanks to all for the education. To bad I didn't know about this forum BEFORE purchasing the sailboat...
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    12 volt charging at marina

    Yes. It was mostly a joke. I'm still a bit confused. The AGM's self-discharge very slowly. Say 2% per month, especially considering the batteries are inside the boat, below water line near the hull - how much "cooling" will these get with our 55deg water temp year-round. So 200 Ah...
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    12 volt charging at marina

    What about buying a 200 ft (est) extension cord and running it from my dock (with flag) to the mooring (where the red star image is shown) and running the 20amp AC charger?
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    12 volt charging at marina

    Now I'm thoroughly confused. I don't need to run the cold-plate system. I don't need to run anything. The boat will have a float switch added to the bilge pump before it moves to the mooring, but since the bilge water level has not changed more than 1" in 2 months I'm not very worried about...
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    12 volt charging at marina

    The cold-plate system will be off on the mooring. I can bring a cooler with me from the house for day sails. The 20w size panel with basic charge controller seems like what I will want to wire into the system "somehow". This provides the 1.5amp trickle charge when the sun showing. Do I...
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    12 volt charging at marina

    Thanks to all that shared their knowledge. I will leave the shore power charger energized and working. Reading the comments brings up a new question. What to do this Spring when the boat is moved to a mooring buoy behind my house? Sounds like I will need to have some type of solar panel...
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    12 volt charging at marina

    During the first bottom painting when we purchased our Cal in November 2020 we had the yard test the charger and flooded batteries (2 banks) and all items failed their testing. The yard asked what we wanted to replace it with, and not really knowing I selected AGM batteries for the sake of not...