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kent_island_sailor

Member Since 13 Jan 2006
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In Topic: Time Flies. Nine years ago this morning. Tropical Wx

Today, 03:15 PM

I flew relief flights for Andrew and outside of that storm it was a quite year. Coming back to Florida after dark at about 6,000 feet or so it looked like a giant had sawed off south Florida and hauled it away. The lights just ended on a line and it was pitch dark after that.


In Topic: Time Flies. Nine years ago this morning. Tropical Wx

Yesterday, 09:01 PM

And it was about 2 days later I left to work in the shelters and it seems like last week still. Some things you can never forget.


In Topic: Bye Bye to AGM

28 August 2014 - 06:33 PM

Lifelines are quite a bit more expensive than the cheaper AGMs and also more than gels. I could see no reason to buy Lifelines when the gel battery is just a little bit more than the cheaper AGM and is much much better. If you have a really big alternator the formula might change, but I don't.


In Topic: Bye Bye to AGM

28 August 2014 - 02:23 PM

Wouldn't be the first time the sales people and engineers had different opinions. "Drop in replacement" seems to be not written by the engineering side of the house over in lithium battery land.

As for my new gel, I let it run down some and then charged it a couple of times. It seemd to like the excercise and is doing a good job holding a charge. I love how I have to load it up a bit to get it down to 12.8-9 volts. The defective AGM would dive on down to 12.2 if you turned on one light :(


In Topic: Looking for a 33-35' R/C

28 August 2014 - 02:19 PM

The boat looks very nice. A 35 MK I rates around 126-132 or so depending on the sails  and a LF 35 is around 150-160. A LF 38 rates about the same as the 35. I think the 38 would win a race off the wind for sure against a 35 MK I.