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    Agreed HT, but I read this as he wants to keep the boat on the tidal morning permanently, and the ‘further out’ mooring is until the beach legs are sorted? Is that the plan Finns? Are you hoping to have the boat naturally sit on the legs between every tide?
  2. I like the Victron stuff to, but understand not wanting to spend so much in your circumstances. Just remember, in a 12v circuit, an mppt controller does not give its best efficiency (any/much greater than a pwm??) unless you have 2 x 12v panels in series, or a 24v panel. From a victron manual: Recommended number of cells for highest controller efficiency: 72 (2x 12V panel in series or 1x 24V panel).
  3. Don’t have mine with me at the moment, but I can tell you there is also a 9v battery in the box. Needed to power the sensor during programming, so it’s not just connecting the wires. I’m picturing a small circuit board too, but can’t be sure on that at all.
  4. The wired wind sensors and kits normally come with the GND10 IT, as the nexus output of the sensor does not plug into the displays, which are nmea2000. If you mean the wired one, and you have a GND10, you just network everything with NMEA2000 and wind will show up on the Vulcan. BUT, you can’t calibrate the wind sensor without a Garmin display of some sort at least temporarily connected, if not permanently in the system. I have a Vulcan plugged to a Gwind instrument kit on one of my boats, with the Garmin display still used, I will change it all out to BnG, the Triton2’s are a much nicer
  5. No. No he’s not. At 14 knots of wind and 9.1 of boat speed on a 52’ boat? The jib sheet runs aft from the low friction ring. The line he holds runs to the foredeck hatch, likely to the kite?
  6. As far as inverters go, a piece of toast will take a certain amount of energy to toast. It won’t matter if you have a 500w toaster or a 1000w, it’ll just change the amount of time required, with perhaps some difference to depth of toasted-ness. Same as a jug element for boiling water. The only way to save power would be to use white bread, not Vogel’s. I’d stick with gas for toasting.
  7. What are you saying the issue is with the charge current to two seperate banks being unequal?
  8. CD, the DBC type is one physical switch, that effectively has 3 switches inside it, so it’s for both house, start and parallel functions. https://www.bepmarine.com/en/p/772-dbc-ez
  9. The old 1/2/both ones aren’t that good in my opinion(and most others). With normal wiring configuration your picking which battery does all jobs, there’s no separation of loads (there are other ways to wire them if you have more than one 1/2/b switch, but I think it’s typically unnecessary complication). The modern (3ish years old or less) Dual Battery Control (DBC) switches are good, operate similar to a 3 switch system but take less space. You’ll know the difference, the 1/2/b has 3 main studs on the back (some had 2 extra small ones for alternator field control), the DBC has 4. The Mar
  10. I swear we had this conversation some 5+ years ago wheels, but a VSR does not disconnect one battery from anything. It just joins two banks together, exactly like an emergency parallel switch does.
  11. At a place I worked, a guy once came in and brought a basic stereo for his boat, about $120 worth. After paying for it, asked if one of the electricians would be able to come down and fit it before he went out (that afternoon). We changed work plan, did it straight away, spent a total of 2 hours installing the stereo, fixing numerous other electrical issues, using numerous parts, and teaching him to use his electronics. At the end, he didn’t want to pay for the time or extra bits, thought all the extra would be covered by buying the stereo, profit margin of maybe $15. I guess there a
  12. Ahh…. Right….. So if you went to a business that had 20 staff, which might all get involved in a major project, but your job will require 2, would you like a rate for ‘his business’ services’ same as the job needing all 20 staff, or per person on your job? If you think that meant he was ripping you off, I feel bad for him.
  13. I’d try a metal tube, big enough to slide a loop of something down the inside to stick out the end and form a big loop, long cable ties might be good, maybe heavy fishing nylon. Drop the tube down the dipstick hole, and try lasso the end of the stick. Cables ties could be done in a way that the loop tie could be tightened once the stick lasso’d, and the pipe pulled off to allow more room to pull the stick out the hole. Maybe a bit of 10mm hose with a bend in it to stir the tank round to find and move the stick. Could take a while, depends on the size and shape of the tank, but would have to b
  14. Be worth measuring the hole you need to fill, and the overall size you need to hide existing screw holes etc. Also, if you have room to go a few mm bigger if needed. Not all 6.5’s are the same, and the way JL measures them is different to other brands - their 6.5” is typically smaller diameter overall.
  15. If I hadn’t heard JL, I’d probably be saying the same. If you haven’t heard JL, you may not miss the difference. The Signature stuff is certainly the best stuff Fusion has ever made. But it’s not the same. Fusion has been brought by Garmin, so you’d possibly find better pricing from a marine electrician who is a Garmin dealer, than B or MD. It’s very seldom that either of their pricing is particularly good, except maybe on end of line / discontinued stuff at MD, otherwise, on electronics, a lot of the time their ‘why pay’ price is way above RRP, and ‘their price’ is often full RRP or
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