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    New battery bank size, charging mods... AGM or Carbon Foam

    For me it was about not changing technology for the charger and alternator which, while we don't use them often, are still installed. also here in Ottawa where we sail the price of LifePO4 is about double the Firefly. What We wanted was a large bank that can handle being partially charged and...
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    Cabin Windows

    Here are the instructions from Catalina for replacing the port lights. Good luck with it. BTW I was able to order replacement windows from the factory for a very reasonable price and they are from the original pattern for the boat.
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    Cabin Windows

    Catalina has a guide for how to do it that I will post for you if I can or you can easily find it on line. We have a 310 and are changing up the windows as soon as it is warm. I spoke with the factory in Florida and they do not recommend using the VHB tape that is used in the boat works video...
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    New battery bank size, charging mods... AGM or Carbon Foam

    Sorry no update as the boat is on the hard for the winter. One major difference between our setup and yours is that we are essentially all solar. No shore power and I hardly motor. They did great last season and I hope to condition them and have them good as new soon.
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    Rebedding bow pulpit on Catalina 310

    Glad it worked out. Im a big believer in letting the experts do the tough stuff. Enjoy your boat!
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    Rebedding bow pulpit on Catalina 310

    Curious how things turned out. We had a higher reading on one of our forward stanchions when we purchased our 2001 boat. When I asked Catalina about it they said likelihood was that the moisture meter was reacting to the plate that was embedded in the deck and not moisture. What did you find?
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    Side window (Salon) replacement

    Came to the boat today to find a hole in my window (2001 Catalina 310 Hull 063). Any suggestions on where to fine a replacement? Is there a mass produced model or do I head to a fabricator? Thanks for the insight. Brad
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    New battery bank size, charging mods... AGM or Carbon Foam

    Update on my update. New firmware update For the gateway, shunt and display works like a charm. Balmar voltages match the Victron charge controller and the multi meter perfectly. Again Balmar customer service was great even while dealing with a major IT snag.
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    New battery bank size, charging mods... AGM or Carbon Foam

    Just an update. Balmar Rep advises it is a known issue that will be resolved with a firmware fix for the shunt in a couple of weeks. Excellent customer service.
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    New battery bank size, charging mods... AGM or Carbon Foam

    I was back at the boat today and confirmed with the meter that the voltage on the solar controller is accurate and the batteries are good. For some reason the Balmar gauge is displaying almost 1.5 V high. I’ve sent the info off to Balmar and they are looking in to it. When I measure the voltage...
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    New battery bank size, charging mods... AGM or Carbon Foam

    Thanks for the insight. I’m not sure why the Balmar would show 14.71 and the victron would show a different voltage. The Balmar is set to the default carbon foam setting and the victron controller was set with the charge profile from the battery manufacturer 14.4v for absorption. All I can think...
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    New battery bank size, charging mods... AGM or Carbon Foam

    Thanks to everyone for all the great advice. New system is up and running and we love it. 3 x Firefly G31 with a Rolls GR24 Reserve in the settee. Linked with an ACR. Balmar Sg200 monitor and Victron MPPT solar charge controller with smart link battery temp feedback. Perfect for us as we don't...
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    New battery bank size, charging mods... AGM or Carbon Foam

    Thanks Jesse for the info. I had heard about the Balmar but wanted to only deal with one App etc. I didn't know there was a bluetooth version. Do you know if the Victron app can accept the info? I'll look into it. Thanks. Your Posts and blog have been a great help. Brad
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    New battery bank size, charging mods... AGM or Carbon Foam

    After a lot of thought I decided to go with a house bank of 3x Firefly Group31s and a Group 24 reserve. It should squeeze into the space and the weight is very similar to the original 2x4d setup. I am going to add a Victron 100/30 Charge controller and bluetooth battery temp monitor. Ill be...
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    New battery bank size, charging mods... AGM or Carbon Foam

    Not very sophisticated. Just a louvred hole. Good luck.
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    New battery bank size, charging mods... AGM or Carbon Foam

    Ahhh no names, no pack drill... But thank you for the quick response. I think he was well intentioned and thinking about drawing off both types in the BOTH position. Your answer makes great sense...(no surprise) Thanks again for the help.
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    New battery bank size, charging mods... AGM or Carbon Foam

    Thank you again for the in depth response. I just got off the phone with the battery salesman who was quick to point out that the both switch needed to be disconnected if I mixed fireflies with another AGM. True? He is trying to sell me another firefly battery so I am a bit suspect...
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    New battery bank size, charging mods... AGM or Carbon Foam

    I thought I would help clarify the discussion with a picture of the existing installation. Note the orientation of the GC2s is in the wrong direction and the group 31 is maintenance free vice FLA. The red GC2s are forward port side.
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    New battery bank size, charging mods... AGM or Carbon Foam

    Thanks for the reply. Its an Enerwatt EWC30. Ive attached a pic of the spare the PO included.
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    New battery bank size, charging mods... AGM or Carbon Foam

    Thank you all for the detailed replies. Ill need to spend some time digesting. I had been leaning to the Carbon foam as a bit of a simple fix but will take some time to really think it through. We were looking at Rolls AGMs or FLA if we decide to go the route. Our charging is limited to our...