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  1. Coastguard says it will be below 15kts? What's the panic?
  2. Be aware that chop tends to shorten the scope s the bow lifts and falls. Plenty of scope in stronger winds, and watch those tide ranges!!
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    Antifouling Props

    Apologies for the triple posting error - Don't know what happened there or how to undo?!?
  4. Can any one advise on a long standing debate..... Antifouling of the bottom I think I have covered (or at least think I know what I will be doing this time round) The saildrive and prop is a different story. I have sent down a camera and Propspeed all looks to be in pretty good shape apart from some scraping off of the critters. I am not keen to sand off back to bare metal, and then replace the Propspeed at not inconsiderable cost. What are the alternatives? Paint with Trilux 33 or Pettit which are designed for Aluminium parts? Any alternative thoughts??
  5. I think we should all be compensated by the Council for their use of romantic pictures of our boats in their City of Sails PR promotions.
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    Hi Lateral In your circuit, where is the start bettery? Or is it the reserve bank(125ah) in the bottom right corner?
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    Thanks everyone for your input. I will need to quietly sit down and synthesise all the points made, and workout an upgrade that will provide a safer and more efficient installation. The big take away, no matter what else I do, is to fit some fuses!
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    Hi Beccara I'm moored at Westhaven. (This is getting really confusing)
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    Thanks Matt M, So it seems like the alternator is incorrectly connected - and I will check more carefully. In this circuit, should the alternator be connected to the battery side of the switch, or the other (lets say functional) side of the switches? But yes - Its not right
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    Hi, I must admit to electrikery not being my strongest subject Recently I replaced the House battery with a larger one (85 to 105ah) I carefully photographed all the wires, tied the common ones together, and then connected the new battery exactly the same way as the old one. Only trouble now is that the new one won't charge as it did in the old installation. I can get the new house battery to charge if I connect it in parallel with the starter battery (jump lead to +ve posts) I have two independent battery switches and can't link in parallel in case of an emergency (I have jump cables on board just in case, but far from ideal) I therefore want to provide a fixed parallel battery switch, which will also be a hack for charging as I simply can't find the problem. Attached is my understanding of the boat's wiring, and in blue the proposed parallel switch. Please can someone who knows more about this than I, look it over and advise if there are in errors in my understanding or thinking And maybe comment on why the new battery won't charge as in the past. All comments will be most appreciated! Boat wiring diagram.pdf
  11. The removal has begun! Its costing bucket loads - Please consider a small donation to the Give-A-Litte page above DSC00493.jpg DSC00486.jpg DSC00487.jpg DSC00488.jpg DSC00489.jpg DSC00491.jpg
  12. I too lost a serviced mooring, but unluckily after employing a diver on two occasions it was found, but did not exactly match what was thought to be there. Granted I had not used it while searching for a new boat. Attached a new chain to lift and have inspected but no one wants to do so. Now abandoned as the cost to proceed exceeds the cost to purchase a new one. I'm hoping to get my chain back once the weather clears and maybe see the bl*#*dy thing.
  13. A Give-A-Little page has been set up, and recovery works well under way. Please donate generously to make this happen before she's lost forever. https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/daring-rescue
  14. Has seamanship, and self reliance diminished since the establishment of the Coastguard? Every weekend there are calls after calls from boaties requiring a tow back due to flat batteries, no fuel etc. Just call the AA rather than a little forward planning and checks. Off shore sailors are certainly better prepared and equipped (in most cases anyway) I will continue to be a loyal supporter of the Coastguard.
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