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  2. Hmm, that is not exactly minor!
  3. A can of expanding foam. Keeps the water yer out then breaks free next time you anchor.
  4. Nice, now I need to get a wooden boat as well!
  5. I think that the main consideration would be the effect of the increased righting moment, with the resulting stresses on the rig, floors etc. The easiest and cheapest way would be to utilise an existing and proven design. I know in the 930's deeper, heavier etc is not necessarily better but it also depends on what you are trying to achieve in terms of performance. The actual building of the keel is not that expensive, its the extras that go with it! Id give Dave Falconer a call he did a new keel for Alcatraz and could probably give you a pretty good idea of whats involved costwise.
  6. Hmm, works fine on my Samsung with Andriod 8, and on the Admirals Macbook pro. No sure whats going on then....
  7. The anchor winch is not installed over the chain locker? Most just drain into the chain locker then overboard....
  8. Agreed, we are back, and we'll be staying here. Came back because of two things - Jo has an appointment at the hospital that they said would not go ahead, but they now say it will, and I have arranged a Maritime NZ Oral exam to be done via Skype early next week, and I wanted good internet... So now stuck at home like the rest of you. While we were out, we really did not see anyone breaching the rules, other than perhaps a bit more boat movement than was necessary. Way more people on land out in their cars without good reason it seems....
  9. Ive had them in the past but not now, similar setup as Terry's but mine were cleated off on the boom in such a way that you could let them off and pull it forward to save chafe etc. Really good for shorthanded sailing but not so good being left up permanently. Never had issues with snagging, you just have to get the boom spacing right and mine were spliced on halfway out on the spreaders.
  10. Anyway, speaking to a mate who was at Barrier, apparently there were only a few boats around the back they didnt see the cops until going west, didnt go into Fitzroy at all. Was saying that as soon as the coast was clear the locals were out fishing hmmm. As I have previously mentioned, policing the gulf is totally low priority, apparently there was talk of helicopters counting boats in bays etc. Unnecessary overreach and a waste of precious resources. That said yachties who went for it should be responsible and practice physical distancing etc, partying on the beaches- well thats just rude and rubs everyone up the wrong way. A few mates in the cops have told me what their priorities are... Also as yachties we should be self reliant, with a plan A,B and C in case. Was chatting to an old mate who said in 60 years of cruising the gulf hes never called for help and hes itching to go sailing. But also I think that yachties who head out now are not acting in solidarity with us and quite rightly earn the negativity of the public, and as much as I want to go and enjoy the beautiful weather out there I'm digging it in with the rest of us
  11. Ideally a reg that is completely voltage adjustable, and has temp sensors for the alt AND the batts, and hopefully a ramp up period to save on belt wear. Plus a hot rated alt. That's the ideal, but as you have discovered, its not inexpensive to do. I had this on my old motor, although only with a 75amp balmar alt. On the new D240, it comes with a 115 amp alt with temp sensing - it reduces output if to hot. However its a stupid reg, set voltage, although it has voltage sensing to allow for diodes etc. I have added one of these http://nordkyndesign.com/product/nordkyn-electronics-vrc-200-charge-reference-controller/ it uses the standard alt voltage sense wire to control the alt, and makes it fully adjustable. It keeps the temp sense for the alt as standard and has a battery temp sense option. Works great for anyone with a D2 series volvo...
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    Anchor winch leak

    And yes I have a tippy boat, which gets rail well under when punching to windward in any sort of stiff breeze or more. Like in this video:
  14. What sort of contraption am I going to need to be able to stop my electric anchor winch from letting in a load of seawater? See pic attached. I have a canvas cover specially made, which is fine for keeping out rain from getting in that slot when berther in the marina or at anchor, but just blows off when sailing to windward in anything above 15 knots, and quite a fair dunk of seawater (litres not dribbles) finds it way in down below and its getting in through that slot when I am sailing to windward for long enough and in wind strong enough to put the boat rail under.
  15. Surface charge is not a thing in this instance. As a Plate charges, it starts from the surface and the charge works it's way in toward the center of the plate material. Surface charge is when the internals of the plate have no charge (a couple of reasons can cause this) and only the surface has a charge. The Battery can be voltage tested with a good reading of a charged battery. But the Battery actually has no Current available. So with a load placed on it, the Voltage will simply drop away. The Efficiency part I was referring to is the Efficiency of the ALT itself in relation to the temperature of the ALT. If it is really hot, the resistance of the copper windings change and the magnetic field becomes weaker, thus the ALT will never deliver the Current that it would normally be capable of. Those time intervals where the ALT is not producing a current would be a cooling period on for those Windings. If you also note the graph, the initial leading current peak is higher than the end of the charge period and that could well be the heat rising causing that ALT charge efficiency dropping slightly. As the cycles continue, the peaks are ever so slightly higher ( I think, without going back to check) There are other mechanical causes that can do this as well, so my comment is not something to take as fact without knowing a lot more about the installation.
  16. No disagreement IT. I thought I had made the same point about the 14.1 should be 14.4. I went back and re read my post and see I did not make that very clear at all and in fact messed up the comment completely. And I can't even use the excuse of posting in the early hrs of the morning either. I see it was 5.30PM. So I stuffed up there. I don't know enough about what the Batteries are and the finer details of the Reg to personally say go to 14.7, but most certainly 14.4. is the essential Voltage point for the reg to be set to. If you go above 14.4, monitor the bank for a few charge cycles to ensure they are not over cooking. Or as IT said, if you can possibly get that information from the Battery manufacturer. Question, does the Reg have Temperature monitoring of the Batteries ?? Temperature is very important. The ambient temperature between Summer and Winter can make an enormous difference with the current output that the Reg will make the ALT produce. I used to use the Ambient Temp setting when I wanted to push a higher charge current into the Bank and the Charge Voltage rose, so as the charge time was reduced. But that also means you have to monitor the Bank to ensure they are not getting hot and to watch the ALT that it is not being pushed too hard. Ambient Temp will also make a huge difference in what the batteries will accept. So having an actual sensor can be a big advantage so as the Reg follows the Banks temp/ charge curve
  17. Probably combination of changing weather, dwindling provisions and boredom rather than a feeling of doing the right thing. They’ll probably be home tonight, do the laundry and then drive 200km to the beach house tomorrow.
  18. Pretty much all liveaboards around us now. All the day trippers gone home.
  19. OOOooooops, and Apology, Memory lapse, forgot about the new stern due to some rot in ply caused by poorly fitted back stay plate,
  20. I think the weather forecast means a lot of the last 2 week’s Covid-cruisers will head home by tomorrow and suddenly decide life at home might be better after all.
  21. First day of boat movement in a long time . One boat came in from barrier this morning hard to tell where they were going as the were gybing back and forth . Two boats sailing together now past chicks heading north . came from Rodney so defi from the supercity but home port could be anywhere
  22. A liveaboarder’s view from the US. Here’s an incentive not to f@ck up our current situation by breaching L4 lock-down rules and driving and sailing around the place making up excuses about why our personal situation should make us exempt: They have locked us down here in San Diego now. No gathering, no sailing, no driving unless you are on a mission, and have paperwork to show what your doing. I have a piece of paper that allows me to drive around for work, I am lucky to be considered "essential services" in this area. Most people are no longer working around here. The marina (Chula Vista Marina) have let go of most security guards and other non essential people, which is almost all of them. All basic services are shut down except one set of bathrooms and showers, they are still picking up the garbage and allowing pump outs. The restaurant just re-opened but are only selling fish and chips and booze, all to-go only. The pools and hot tubs and even the dog washing stations are all closed up. The streets are weird, not many people out at all. Some, like me are obviously working, others seem to be just messing around bored. The foot traffic, which was getting crazy here, is mostly gone now. The entire marina is locked down, you cannot even get into the parking lot unless you are a resident of the marina now. All walkways are roped off, park access is blocked and if they see you in one it is a $1000 dollar fine, they are ticketing here like crazy to keep people inside. Welcome to the new normal people. without a cure, and they have never even gotten close to curing the flu, we are going to be like this for a long long time. I am sure it will relax some, but with so many people out of work and totally broke there is no reason to open your business again, better to play the bankruptcy game. If you are out of work the local law is they cannot kick you out of the marina, that rule ends in June at the moment but I think they will extend it. I know many people who are not paying slip fee's or other bills. We got extensions on almost all our bills, car payment has been extended 90 days moving today bills to the back end of the loan, along with credit cards and some other things like internet fee's. The flu sucks, but the economy is in real trouble. Thankfully here in the USA we can print money all day long so the Gov is giving away money. In the long run though people are in trouble, there are no jobs, there is very little work to do and even less people doing it. Our workers in some industries are striking for more money. Places like convenience stores are down to one or two employees and have limited hours. You never know what is open until you pull into the parking lot. I don't blame them, the news has made everyone scared to death. I don't think I would keep a public facing job that pays $13 and hour right now. They are Striking for only $15 an hour, you cannot really live here unless your making $25, it is not a cheap place to live. It is a new future people, the low paying industries will either raise their wages or be without any employees soon. I don't think there is enough money to raise wages much in fast food and small stores so in truth we are about to see a lot of closures in California. Stay safe my friends.
  23. Kelly Klink said some were coming ashore and using the island's scarce resources, including getting their groceries ordered to the island. She said some boaties were being respectful, isolated and self-contained, but others were putting them at risk. "We have a freight boat that comes over on Tuesday. One boat had come over to the island and ordered groceries, and someone from the community had witnessed him coming to get his freight straight off the wharf, 14 banana boxes of food. That's utilising resources that the community needs and our people need to bring their food in," Klink said.
  24. 50 Akl wide?? Someone needs to question thier drug dealers quality control process. There would be at least 40 in Bayswater alone.
  25. Android phone here getting the same as Above the Fold in jumping back to listings. A few other small quirks with attachments.
  26. I've been meaning to comment on this for a few days. Its not often Wheels and I disagree on technical stuff, but in this case the voltage of 14.1 is not a minor issue IMO. That voltage, rather than 14.4 -14.7 (whatever the PDS says for your specific batteries) will make an enormous difference to the time taken to charge the batts, and, in fact, they may NEVER get to 100% if not within the manufactures recommended voltages. So, before replacing the reg, check the voltage sense connections and cables for correct connection and cable or terminal issues causing voltage drop. If the voltage cannot be corrected, change the regulator for one that can. Regs are still cheaper than new batts.
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