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by MacGyver
Sun May 24, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Battery requirements ?
Replies: 8
Views: 180

Re: Battery requirements ?

When it comes to outboard motors the two things you never have enough of is fuel and charging current.
by MacGyver
Sun May 24, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Battery requirements ?
Replies: 8
Views: 180

Re: Battery requirements ?

Thanks for the comments. I sounds like I will stick with what I have. Rwiley those will be my replacement batteries but logistics to an island in Alaska gets complicated and expensive. For the first year, You might want to carry a spaire battery in a battery box and a set of jumper cables in case t...
by MacGyver
Mon May 18, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Nav/Anchor light switch - no power
Replies: 2
Views: 99

Re: Nav/Anchor light switch - no power

Go to a auto store and get a test light to test the fuses and the wiring.
by MacGyver
Sun May 17, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Conecting Solar to the batteries
Replies: 3
Views: 170

Re: Conecting Solar to the batteries

Fuse the positive wires at the batteries in case there a short to ground.
by MacGyver
Sun May 17, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Alternator voltage @ 600/1000 and full power
Replies: 4
Views: 77

Re: Alternator voltage @ 600/1000 and full power

Your Information was very helpful, Thank You and please keep it coming. What I was seeing was 13.8V @ 12 A across the house battery located in the cabin. I was expecting around 14.4V The motor are twin Suzuki 175. I thought I was going to have lots of time and access to all the wiring, that was not ...
by MacGyver
Sat May 16, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Alternator voltage @ 600/1000 and full power
Replies: 4
Views: 77

Alternator voltage @ 600/1000 and full power

I was able to check out a outboard with a duel battery system on a trailer using a hose to run water to the pump. I was not able to run the motor over 660 RPM with out over heating it. The Alternator voltage was lower than I though it should be. Yes I know I need to run the motor over 1000 RPM for t...
by MacGyver
Sun Apr 12, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Solar Battery trickle charger
Replies: 7
Views: 363

Re: Solar Battery trickle charger

Very good suggestion SeaDawg keeping the rain water out is better than having more batteries.

With out having more details about the boat batteries or wiring. A bilge cycle counter will let you know if water is getting in the bilge.
by MacGyver
Sun Apr 12, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Solar Battery trickle charger
Replies: 7
Views: 363

Re: Solar Battery trickle charger

Couple of things you need to know about solar panels is the DIRECT SUNLIGHT 2-3 hours around high noon will generate most of the charging current with no clouds. Also because of angle of the sun in Homer Ak a 40 W panel will only give 20 W or less of power under the best of condition. I would talk t...
by MacGyver
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Anode?
Replies: 9
Views: 551

Re: Anode?

When was the last time the anodes were replaced and is the boat trailered or dock when not fishing? Could we have more pictures of the hull?
Tom
by MacGyver
Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: VHF Antenna location
Replies: 15
Views: 760

Re: VHF Antenna location

Hi Tom. According to my Field Strength meter it will show effiency no matter what way the antenna is grounded or in relation to the OP, proximity of radar or other units near it which affects field effiency. On aluminum boats it is recommended to use a no ground plane antenna as it uses the water o...