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  1. smokey73

    HELP Current on ground wire when on Generator

    As measured with a clamp on meter. When the Power Selector Switch is on Shore Power every thing checks out fine. Current on Black (hot) and White (Neutral) match and there is 0 current on Green (Ground). The Ground and Neutral are not connected on the boat. When the Power Switch is on...
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    Shore Power AC Reset Breaker

    1994 Hunter 40.5 One of the two 30A AC Reset Reset "Pop-Up" resets seems to be weak on holding current and pops well below 30a, while the other one does not. When the one on the right pops the "reverse polarity" light comes but there still seems to be some power to the AC circuit as the...
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    Furlex 304S problem?

    I am having to take a lot of strain on the furling line to furl my genoa, more so than in the past. I found that the furling line had a lot of twist to it and took the twist out. When doing so, I found that the furlex drum (the whole thing) would rotate when I grabbed it and rotated it by...
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    Another what is this boat?

    This boat is at mooring field near me and I think the owner is going to put it up for sail but I can't get in touch with him. Does anybody know what kind of boat this may be and time frame of manufacture. I'm guessing late 80 maybe? Looks to be in good shape (but not Bristol of course). I...
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    Locating small seawater leak on Yanmar 4JH2E

    As you can see I have an obvious seawater leak somewhere on the starboard side of my Yanmar 4JH2E. It appears to be a drip of some sort. I'm away from the boat but will investigate when I get back. I found this when I was changing the oil this fall. Is anyone aware of the possilbe location...
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    Help in finding a spring for Yanmar 4JH2E

    When changing the oil I found this broken spring hanging down. Not sure of its purpose but I am pretty sure it goes horizontally from where it is attached to a hole in a small piece of metal coming out from the engine. It is some sort of a damping spring. Does anyone know this part number or...
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    Listing of all "Special Anchorages" as designated by the USCG for the US and its Territories

    Just stumbled on the official listing of all Special Anchorages in the US and it's Territories. This is not a discussion of whether you need an anchor light when on a mooring, just info on where the Special Anchorages, where you don't need an anchor light when less than 65 feet according to...
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    Liquid Rubber or some other coating on dc ground bus bars?

    Does anyone coat their bus bars with some sort of coating? I was chasing high resistance connections in my DC ground system and noted that one of my dc bus bars seemed to be coated with something similar to Liquid Rubber? Don't know if the PO put this on of if it came from the factory that...
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    AC Electrical green wire current?

    Was checking my AC wire current flow for my Nextgen 5.5 KW Generator. As per my understanding of the correct wiring for an onboard generator from @Maine Sail how to site by white and green wires are connected at the generator. Using a clamp on ammeter on the three wires I get the following...
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    Wire size from Battery ON/Off switch to Electrical Panel

    What size wire do you have from you Battery ON/Off or On/OFF/BOTH switch to your electrical distribution panel. My run is about 16 feet one way and the wire size looks like 6 AWG? Just wondering as I'm seeing about a 10% voltage loss on this stretch of power wire. Input would be appreciated...
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    Troubleshooting DC Voltage loss under load

    After reading Nigel Caldors book on mechanical and electrical manual I have devised a plan to try to pinpoint the voltage loss I am experiencing when under a moderate load (11 amps or so). When under load when I have 12.5 volts at the battery, I only have 12. 1 or so volts at the DC electrical...
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    Cruising RPM research

    Thank you to @Don Lucas for challanging long held "beliefs" Continuing the research I couldn't find any specific details from Yanmar but did find the following from CAT - Impact of Generator Underloading While it is for generators, they get into continuous duty diesels, which for most cruisers...
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    Electrical Gremlin - strange faint noise

    While doing some cleaning of contacts to correct some voltage drop in my DC system I was about to leave my boat and heard a strange, very faint, intermittant whirring noise coming from somewhere in my boat near the electrical panel. It was very very quiet this morning when I was about to leave...
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    HELP - Another strange voltage plus "unexplained charging current" question

    HELP! I was out sailing awhile back and had a "low voltage alarm" 11.5V on my chartplotter. I immediately started the engine but got to thinking about why it went to 11.5 V during a few hour sail. So I got out my Volt-Ohm Meter and did some checking. Here are my readings. I have a Victron...
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    Webasto Air Top Diesel Heater service?

    Does anyone know of a reliable place to send an Webasto Air Top 5000 Diesel Heater to for inspectiona and refurb? I have one I have pulled from my boat and am considering having it check and refirbished or selling it? I checked the Webasto site and can't seem to find an authorized service...
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    Strut lubrication?

    I was lubricating my Maxprop Classic today while the boat is out of the water. While doing so I noticed that there are two setscrews in the strut exactly like the setscrews on the Maxprop. I was under the impression that the strut bearing (cutlass bearing) is lubricated by water, not...
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    Mooring Ball replacement?

    How often to you replace your mooring ball? What manufacturer do you use and have you found any that last longer than other? Do you wait for it to fail or replace on a regular schedule?
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    Concrete mooring anchor lifetime?

    Does anyone out there have a feel as to how long a servicable lifetime one can expect for a commercially manufactured concrete mooring anchor if kept in salt water for the full year (not removed in the winter and reset in spring). The style of concrete anchor does not have a metal bar embedded...
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    Mooring Buoy - annual cost

    Here is some background: Our club has about 14 mooring buoys that are leased to club members on an annual basis. They are considering a large increase in annual mooring lease rate. I won't go into the details as to why and how much. I searched the forums and couldn't find this kind of info...
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    Dodged a bullet today!

    Got out of watching the movie "Ford vs Ferrari" and got a call from my wife. Told me she got a call from the yacht club and my boat had broken free and drifted down the Beaufort River, under the bridge and was aground on a sand/mud bar. :poop: Ithad gone downriver with the mooring ball still...