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Member Since 29 Mar 2011
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In Topic: Racing my living room...again.

20 July 2016 - 01:08 PM

Report from 42.7degrees N - We've got 220w of solar on board-  3 x 40 w rigid panels on the bimini, and 100 w semi-rigid panel mounted on the foredeck.  The bimini bank  and foredeck bank feed through separate charge controllers to a 230 amp hr house bank.  Engine alternator also feeds housebank. Start battery is charged via xantrex echo charger from house bank.  we run led strip lighting, a waeco/dometic icebox conversion reefer (4 amps/ 40% duty cycle in real world use) , chart plotter, fish finder, incandescent nav lights and, at any given time are charging 2 smart phones, 2 laptops and a netbook or two.

We aren't conservation-focused- we're not charging only during the highest panel output hours, we're not living with lukewarm beer by keeping the reefer turned down...

....and most days we generate more power than we can use.

I am contemplating installing a 3 gallon water tank with a 60w water heater element to act as a dump load.  YMMV and all that.

In Topic: When your wife buys a boat...

20 July 2016 - 12:39 PM


Here's SWMBO's ride:  13439165_10155066342498065_1737906632965




You made a Blacknose out of a Bluenose?

Very pretty little boat, just kidding about the paint job


FB- Doug


the nose had a ton of cosmetic damage that we quickly repaired this spring- we're going to refinish the hull next winter, so we just extended the boot stripe up the nose.  SWMBO liked the "rat rod" effect, and has now commissioned nose art:  the boat's name and hailing port will replace "forget me not"  33fc955495d0ef8c890ab6a36d215d35.jpg

In Topic: MMSI numbers- Why are they permanently programmed?

19 July 2016 - 08:42 PM

This spring I bought a used ICOM 302 and Command Mic with the understanding that the existing MMSI number could be changed, as per the manual.  Turns out it couldn't.  We negotiated the price substantially downward, and I took the radio to the nearest ICOM dealer, who then shipped it to ICOM in Vancouver for reprogramming.   the turnaround was under a week, and the total cost including shipping, tax, etc.  was $75.

In Topic: When your wife buys a boat...

19 July 2016 - 08:23 PM

Here's SWMBO's ride:  13439165_10155066342498065_1737906632965

In Topic: Origami Boat Thread

08 July 2016 - 12:22 PM





Talk about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory!



I don't apologize for someone's obvious bedshittery.  I simply do the other Canadian thing- carry on, and continue to be a better example.  



You're claiming to be a good example?


For who exactly? ;)


Better.  Not "good."  There is a difference.