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    what's the difference?

    My water pump turns out to be so weak, that when I tried to install the water strainer between the seacock and the engine, no more water flowed. Just that little bit of extra resistance stopped it. No wonder the motor wants to run hot. MD6A. New impeller. The pump walls seem smooth...
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    what's the difference?

    The guy at the West Marine that I was at said that he knew yanmars well, but not Volvos. He said the other diesels have reverse thermostats. rb
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    what's the difference?

    Hi Richard, I put an automotive one in last year. Just pulled it and it looked coroded. Maybe not plated properly for salty water? rb
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    what's the difference?

    Is the Vega, MD6A thermostat reverse from an automotive one? Apparently, some open when they get hot, and some close when they get hot. rb
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    Advise on few pieces of goodies

    I redid my wiring so that the circuit to both batteries is identical. I looked at the old wiring diagram for my boat and it looked weird. I did not see the value in going through such wiring calisthenics. Maybe it is because the batteries in the 60s and 70s were not as robust? idk There is...
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    New Dodger for the Vega

    On the subject of the dodger... I am also in the market for a dodger (frame and canvas). If anyone wants to double up with me and buy two or more of these at the same time, let me know. We can try to get a cheaper price. roy
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    New Dodger for the Vega

    On the subject of the dodger... I am also in the market for a dodger (frame and canvas). If anyone wants to double up with me and buy two or more of these at the same time, let me know. We can try to get a cheaper price. roy
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    Running rigging.. splices n such

    Forget it. Stupid question. I figured it out....
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    Fuel pipes for MD6?

    Hi William, Not sure if you are referring to the solid or flexible pipes, but one place to look is a company that fabricates for diesel trucking. There should be many of these companies near you. Make sure they use marine grade stuff as the coast guard has preferences if you are ever inspected...
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    Mounting solar panel on the coach roof

    My charge controller instructions say to connect battery terminals first and panel second. Keep that in mind as you measure current. Gh
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    Mounting solar panel on the coach roof

    Just bent them and put them under the screws. No crimp connectors. I moved the charge controller to the battery and it seems to be working better. Thanks for the tip. THe resistance of the wire is 0.078 ohms. THe solar panel is rated at 85 watts. So I am expecting to see somewhere around 5...
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    Mounting solar panel on the coach roof

    The wire length is about 22 feet one way from the panel to the battery. gh
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    Mounting solar panel on the coach roof

    You guys have scared me.... I have been watching my solid no. 10 wire for the last few days very carefully. Im waiting for it to move. It hasnt yet, but I think it wants to. gh
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    Mounting solar panel on the coach roof

    Yes, I understand now. The PWM controller is watching its output terminals to see if the battery is charged, and if the wire is too long, it will get faked out that the battery is more charged than it really is and turn itself down. Thanks. groundhog
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    Mounting solar panel on the coach roof

    Yes, I noticed too much voltage drop on my first set of wires and changed them out yesterday for AWG 10 solid copper. Can you explain further the nature of the loss you describe? I dont understand. gh
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    Mounting solar panel on the coach roof

    Not sure why solid would be dangerous, but solid has less loss than stranded ... I think. groundhog
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    Mounting solar panel on the coach roof

    I just uploaded to the photo album Good Things, a picture of my solar panel mount. It involves square aluminum tube, plywood, two stainless shakespear antenna mounts that adjust angle, and two flanges found in the plumbing section of the harware store. Its an 85 watt panel with a morning star...
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    swim ladders

    Yes, where do you have a ladder if you mount a wind vane? Sent from my iPad
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    dual electrical system

    Hi Douglas, I had the same spagetti problem. lol. It was on my to-do list for a long time to clean up that electrical compartment, but I never did anything til my MD6A croaked last winter. I had to put in a new motor and therefore also the electrics. I ended up with more than a grocery bag...
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    Sail Quotes Hood, North Direct, Kelly Hanson Doyle -LONG POST

    I got a 150 genoa last year from Doyle in annapolis. This summer i purchased a new main from them also. Similar prices to what you show. The really interesting thing is that they sew the sails right here in the loft in annapolis. The panels are cut at a doyle loft up north... rhode island maybe...