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  1. Thread: Surprise!

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    Well that's good - I don't plan to walk or run...

    Well that's good - I don't plan to walk or run down the dock. I just want to install my alternator and regulator. But Mr. Jackson is discouraging me:
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  2. Thread: Surprise!

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    From Paul Cunningham in the UK: 5229

    From Paul Cunningham in the UK:

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  3. You had Simon, Theodore and Alvin? (ALVIN!!!!) ...

    You had Simon, Theodore and Alvin? (ALVIN!!!!)

    I had a voice that sounded like Peter Sellers trying to talk in Chinese.
  4. Thread: Surprise!

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    That looks like a good article, neighbor - I'll...

    That looks like a good article, neighbor - I'll read it carefully.

    I already have the batteries so that's decided. The 110W SunPower panels and 160W Renogy panels are almost identical voltage but...
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    I'm getting a lot more tax work done (here at...

    I'm getting a lot more tax work done (here at home). The real Connie is more aware of when I'm goofing off than my boss was. I'm not sure if this is a good thing.
  6. Thread: Surprise!

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    I've had the boat for awhile now and this still...

    I've had the boat for awhile now and this still hadn't dawned on me - this is great! Here you go:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5VZjT0JE70
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    The Garmin is sold but I still have the...

    The Garmin is sold but I still have the Raymarine. How about $375?
  8. Thread: New Boat 4 Sled

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    I don't think this forum has the bandwidth to...

    I don't think this forum has the bandwidth to handle an anchor discussion. Besides...

    "Anchors? Where we're going, we don't need anchors!" (Doc Brown)
  9. Thread: Surprise!

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    This reminded me of my post about the sizes of...

    This reminded me of my post about the sizes of toilet paper rolls.

    Since the SunPower panels are a foot shorter, they open up more options on deck. But yes, they're more money per watt.
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    Yes. 14.4 volts is what they want. The Victron...

    Yes. 14.4 volts is what they want. The Victron controllers should allow me to change the settings. The "Smart" version includes Bluetooth so you can do that from your phone. Jackie's version can...
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    Hi Rob, I tweaked it a bit more, getting rid...

    Hi Rob,

    I tweaked it a bit more, getting rid of the small panel and cutting down the alternator output to what I think I'll actually see. I'd rather use the space on the dodger for one of the...
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    Yes. I tested it (replacing the masthead unit's...

    Yes. I tested it (replacing the masthead unit's plug) but not everything came back up. I'll get a pro involved soon, and that issue will be on the list.
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    I'd only do that if I'm promised a refund if I...

    I'd only do that if I'm promised a refund if I don't find a glass fishing float.

    Seriously though, I'd rather do a coastal trip with some other boats. Maybe a harbor-hop from Bodega Bay down to...
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    If you have to convert the signal the slowing is...

    If you have to convert the signal the slowing is probably milliseconds - not a big deal - just extra cost.

    My masthead "birdie" is a B&G 608. It forms the end of the boat's NMEA 2000 backbone so...
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    Brian can confirm, but my Pelagic accepted...

    Brian can confirm, but my Pelagic accepted apparent wind data in generic NMEA 0183. So get a birdie that outputs that. If you get a Raymarine birdie like I had on Rags, you'll need something to...
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    Doug Soderstrom just forwarded this post over on...

    Doug Soderstrom just forwarded this post over on Faceplant. I'm working so I haven't checked it out. Can someone do that? If non-commercial fisherman can't be out there, I assume we can't either:...
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    Back in the days of the Stand-Down Marathon...

    Back in the days of the Stand-Down Marathon (2012-13) I was being all libertarian about holding races anyway, resisting the calls for more safety gear, etc. Maybe I'm getting older and wiser (or...
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    Works for me. To avoid gathering a committee,...

    Works for me. To avoid gathering a committee, each division could designate a "rabbit" and then we'd take our own finish times. Actually, this would be awesome.

    The problem is we'd be racing...
  19. Thread: Surprise!

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    5210

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    I did and there's enough available real estate,...

    I did and there's enough available real estate, but at least one panel would be partially shaded at any given time. I wouldn't use the old 42 watt panel, since one of the big ones would fit across...
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    I just saw a clip of a group of poker players...

    I just saw a clip of a group of poker players around a casino table, using TP rolls as chips.

    Greg, every time I post here about boat electrical stuff I imagine you, Dazzler, Rob T, Mike J, Mike H...
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    Happy Monday, during some really strange times: ...

    Happy Monday, during some really strange times:

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    And over the weekend the Governor clarified that CPA services are "essential and necessary."

    I think it's to help figure this out:
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  23. Thread: Surprise!

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    After a few hours of sailing along in majestic...

    After a few hours of sailing along in majestic silence, the engine can really harsh your mellow. An hour every other day might be tolerable.

    And yes, one really needs a backup given the length of...
  24. Thread: Surprise!

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    Once the new alternator and regulator are...

    Once the new alternator and regulator are installed, I'll test to see how close to the 100 amps it gets. I'm guessing less than half that, unless the batteries are completely flat.

    Since Balmar...
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    I test-fit the new alternator yesterday - only a...

    I test-fit the new alternator yesterday - only a test because of incompatible hardware.

    Once removed and cleaned up, the bracket looks okay. The belt dust caused an optical illusion in the...
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