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  1. mz4wheeler

    Xantrex PathMaker making noise

    Short story: I accidentally left the pathmaker in the "off" position for a few months. This essentially cuts off charging the house batteries on shore power. There is longer version of this story where it starts with "Tried to start the boat and all I got was click click RRR click, followed...
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    Which mini microwave WORKS with a Freedom 20 Inverter?

    Bummer: I just dropped $130 buying this nice little microwave, only to discover LATER that it doesn't work with my Freedom 20 Inverter. Dang!!! :banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead: Obviously, I don't need a large microwave on my boat. This one was just .7 cubic feet, designed...
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    Bought a cheap PVC dinghy, can I reinforce the bottom?

    OK, bought a brand new PVC Silver Marine 8ft dinghy, 5HP, 660lbs capacity. I bought it for it's light weight (61lbs) and is to replace my 2000 8ft West Marine roll up model, 50lbs. When I initially looked at it, I was impressed by the sturdy construction of the air chambers, and I sort of...
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    Convert ice box conversion thermostat from analog to digital

    I've had it with my crappy Vitrifrigo ice box conversion kit. The so-called thermostat is just basically a series of 5 "dashes" that I have absolutely NO IDEA what the temperature is supposed to be. I just move it till it "clicks" and hope for the best. This is the crappiest thermostat ever...
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    Any Webasto experts here?

    My Webasto gave out a couple of months ago and since it was summer I figured it could wait, but it would be real nice if I had hot water again [grin]. It is a Thermo Top Z/C, 12V, 5kw model, plumbed for cabin heat and hot water. Here are the symptoms: 1) Turn thermostat until it "clicks" 2)...
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    Jabsco toilet pump "stuck" in the up position

    Very odd. I just returned from a bronco ride, 20KT winds, boat smashing up/down, serious spray over the dodger. Fun for me, but for my passengers, not so much [grin]. Roughest ride I ever had. Now, the Jabsco pump is stuck. My theory is that maybe the downward pressure somehow pressurized...
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    Yanmar 2GM20F Fuel Injection Pump Leaks!

    [Please see attachment photo] My 2GM20F fuel injection pump is seeping diesel when the engine runs. It is not that excessive, but enough to make things reek of fumes. This has been going on for quite a while and I temporarily fixed it by re-seating #12 a while ago. Well, it is back, worse...
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    Install a built-in fuel priming pump

    Hey guys. Ever since that ONE TIME I ran out of diesel (2GM20F) and learned the hard way how to get the fuel system primed I went out and bought this priming pump off of Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JZKDGGG/ref=pe_385040_30332200_TE_item I'm now at the point (just replaced the...
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    Simulating full load dock side 2GM20F

    I'm experiencing an overheating issue that seems to crop up when I'm running at 3000 RPM for about 10 minutes. The alarm sounds, I reduce RPMs to 1000 RPM, alarm goes away. If I run the engine at 2500, no alarm. Typical, so I'm going to start troubleshoot the whole cooling system...
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    Does the ST4000+ require GPS?

    Just curious: After a great weekend of sailing/motoring using my newly (to me) installed autopilot, which worked flawlessly, I powered down my MFD (to stow it). To my surprise, my ST4000+ started a small to large "S" pattern... I was under the impression the external compass connected...
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    DIY ACR EPIRB Battery replacement

    My ACR batteries were up for replacement, and rather than sending it off to get them replaced I elected to do it my self. An unbelievably simple task. Aqualink: total cost, $25.00 RLB-35B: total cost, $45.00 Batteries for Aqualink (qty=4): https://www.batterygiant.com/batteries/CR123A-T (must...
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    Rudder Sensor Installation on Hunter 33.5

    I just bought a new Raymarine rudder reference sensor for my (almost installed) ST4000+ autopilot. I'm also curious about how others installed this item. I assume that it needs to be installed under the back deck plate but there doesn't seem to be that much room there. Do any Hunter 33.5...
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    Looking for spoke clamp inserts for st4000mk2

    So I bought this Raymarine st4000mkII wheel drive but didn't notice that it didn't include the rubber spoke clamp inserts (see attachment). I need 3 of the 11mm size. Rather than create my own using duct tape [grin] I was hoping someone here would have these laying around. I would...