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  1. Maine Sail

    ABYC Standards Accepted as Law in Canada

    Effective October 30, 2019 the ABYC standards are now accepted as Transport Canada / Federal law compliant for pleasure craft. This is a good move for boat builders not having to build to two different standards. While it is now accepted Federal law, I don't know if Canada has any means to...
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    Spring....?

    Spring is coming, maybe.....? While we’ve lost a couple of feet of snow, due to settling, a bit of March rain and some 40F days, our base up here is solid. We’ve had snow on the ground since before Thanksgiving and still have about a 3.5’ to 6’ base, elevation dependent, and it is very solid...
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    Making Sense of Automatic Charging Relays

    Hi All, I know I have been hit or miss here recently, things are quite busy here at Compass Marine Inc.. Over February break I was able to complete another MarineHowTo.com article, one that answers the myriad of myth and lore questions surrounding automatic charging relays. Hope this can help...
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    Li-Ion Booster Packs - Will I Ever Learn......

    So my saga of Li-Ion booster packs continues and I've not yet decided whether or not I will keep this one or not. I gave it a pretty hard first test. Please understand my use for these is not typical use for how they were designed. My debacle with these jump packs started years ago with a NOCO...
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    Lifeline Project

    This is just one of those nagging projects that was on the "to-do" list for far too long. A few weeks ago I finally sat down, drew up the design for the parts I wanted and sent them off. We were sick and tired of the wire lifelines forward of the rear push pit but aft of the gate stanchion. The...
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    I Feel Sorry for Folks Cruising Maine.....

    I feel sorry for folks cruising Maine over the last two weeks. The fog has been pretty relentless and the rain too. Needless to say the clubs transient moorings are pretty full and have been for the last few weeks. Not a lot of "outta stateahs" or "flaht landahs" who are up here cruising are...
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    ST-60 (ST1) Network to NMEA 2000

    I get asked this electronics question more than just about any other from customers who have a perfectly operating Sea Talk 1 network. Most often the question is related to the older ST-60 instruments that operate on the SeaTalk 1 network... The conversion from ST1 to STng/NMEA 2000 is simple...
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    Seattle Trip..

    Next week I fly into Seattle for my friends surprise 50th. I have scheduled a few extra days to do kick around. Obviously I will stop into SBO, Fisheries, Balmar and perhaps Smart Plug but I also like good food, oysters, unique boat builders. So how about it Seattle guys what are my "can't miss...
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    Technology is getting overly creepy

    Creepy #1 I just got off the phone with Verizon after they charged me for "Travel Pass" usage when they should not have. They gladly refunded the money, after confirming that I had not actually used any "phone or data" when out of the country, but this only adds to the creepy nature of...
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    Why Boats Have Battery Switches....

    This past weekend a good friend came up to camp so we could do some snowmobiling. We've not ridden together in about 12 years. It was good to be back on the trails again.. In the fall his 16 year old 18k mile Nippondenso stater would not start his machine without making lots of noise. I told...
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    Why the race to the bottom....?

    We live in Maine, we get lots of snow, we use snowblowers to relocate the white stuff because we'll require back surgery other wise. None of this really pertains to my current level of frustration though... My frustration is; why do I need to buy a Japanese brand snowblower to get quality...
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    Planning Ahead Comes in Handy...

    So it's Thursday night a few weeks ago, the night before we left for a two week cruise. I'm going through all of my checks, oil, ATF, HX anode, sea strainer, electronics, alt belt, refrigeration belt, packing gland, etc. when I suddenly realize my depth sounder is reading --- not good...Oh fahk...
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    Unsafe At Any Speed - No, Not the Corvair

    I am now on day four of my cool down after last Saturday nights adventure. I say cool down because if I'd written about this any earlier I would have ousted the owner, by name & boat name, and torn him an even bigger a-hole than he already has.. The sun had just recently dipped below the...
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    Need A Surveyor in Milwaukee

    Anyone know of a reputable surveyor in Milwaukee? Need one asap...
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    Specific Gravity vs. Actual Ah Capacity

    I hear it repeated endlessly on boating forums that the only "good measure" of a flooded batteries health is to take a specific gravity reading (SG). A battery showing a 100% SOC reading will have a temp correct specific gravity of between 1.265 and 1.280. While SG can certainly help diagnose an...
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    Fresh Pow!

    Unfortunately, for the boating season, this is not an April fools pic... While we are extending our already excellent ski season, with some fresh powder, the kids should really not be waking up at 7:00am and exclaiming "FRESH POW, FRESH POW, FRESH POW". They are already on the mountain, and I...
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    Battery Bank Internal Failures/Shorts

    Note: I broke this topic out of the "Multiple House Banks vs. One" thread because it's important and deserved it's own thread.. What About Intrabank Bank Failures? An intrabank battery failure can happen in a series-bank, 6V series wired to 6V = 12V. It can also happen in a parallel bank or in...
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    Multiple House Banks vs. One House Bank

    The age old question of multiple house banks, and alternating use, vs. one single contiguously wired house bank comes up frequently. Years ago (60's & early 70's), when on-board DC consumption was much lower, the general belief, not really backed up by any critical thinking in those days, was to...
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    Disconnect Batteries When on the Hard

    This is a cautionary FWIW category post. Customer #1: I get a call from customer #1 on Saturday morning. His boat is out and on the hard for winter. During a recent rain storm his bilge filled with water enough to kick on the bilge switch. Unfortunately his el-chapo Rule Bilge Switch stuck in...
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    Building a DC Electrical Foundation

    Every boats DC electrical system needs to start with a solid foundation. The foundation of any electrical system includes the battery system, charging system, switching and all the associated wiring and over-current protection. This was a simple design I did for a boat the owner had already...