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  1. You didn't. I wrote it. For some reason I couldn't get the quoted box, or whatever it's called, to delete.
  2. Thanks. This is what I like to see. Because the boat doesn't live at home with me. I keep it at a local marina, in dry storage (no power outlets). Given I pretty much have to build (assemble) the boat every time I use it, and the fact that the new battery only weighs 24lbs, having to take it out every time, really isn't a big deal. Originally I was going to go solar and charge it in the boat, but that was when I was using an AGM battery that weighed nearly 50lbs. That thing was a pain to get out from behind the seat. My Riptide-45 has a max (full throttle) draw of
  3. Wow, this thread went in a direction I can't even pretend to comprehend. But, so long as so many knowledgeable people are offering their opinions and expertise, I have a charging question regarding the battery in my original post. The 12V, 100 Amp/Hr. LiFeP04 I ordered. Would the NOCO Genius-5 smart charger, with lithium setting, be suitable for charging the battery? The battery manufacturer said it would work, but that a 20 Amp charger would make the battery "happier". They didn't say exactly what they meant by that, though. I get that the charge times would be less (5
  4. Thanks for all the replies. I threw something together this afternoon. Hopefully in about a week, I'll have time to see how it does.
  5. I take it back. He gives it very high marks for build quality in all areas except low temp charge protection, which it seems it doesn't have. No big deal for me. My part of California rarely drops to below freezing. If it gets that cold, I won't be sailing anyway, so charging won't be an issue.
  6. Thanks for that link! I've seen that guy's channel, but not that video. (I'm a little afraid to watch it). I'll just be running a small, 45# thrust, trolling motor. Nothing else.
  7. I'm not following... Disconnects what, when? The only thing I could find in the specs, in regards to the BMS and "disconnecting", was a low temp, charging disconnect, but I won't be charging below 32*. I'll be charging it indoors with (hopefully) a NOCO Genius-5, 5A smart-charger. Or did you mean something else? This new battery will be getting very little use. Worst case scenario, I'll have to motor 2.5 - 3.0 miles, at 1/2 - 3/4 throttle (less than 42A), back to the dock, if the wind dies. (The entrance to the channel is about 100 yards past those distant high-tensio
  8. I wondered about that. Thanks for the input!
  9. Cool, thanks for all the helpful replies! I went ahead and ordered one, but I cheaped out and went with the $400 model on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B084DB36KW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I know, I know, Chinese batteries are junk, but I just couldn't justify putting the $900+ Relion in a boat worth less than that. 83% of the 957 Amazon reviews were 5-Stars, and many of them were from people who used it for my intended purpose. I'll be putting it in a box to make sure it doesn't get dunked in salt water, and I have a NOCO Genius-5
  10. I'm only half serious. I've heard the stories of them blowing up or catching fire, so I have to ask. In my boat, a WindRider-16, the battery sits directly behind me, just under the rear deck. Right now I use a single, 55 Amp/Hr AGM battery to run my Minn Kota Riptide-45 trolling motor, but it weighs a ton and, along with my 225# of meat and bone, pushes the stern down more than I'd like. It also doesn't give me a lot of run time, given the max Amp draw on the motor is 42A. The 100 Amp/Hr LifeP04, lithium iron phosphate battery would just about double my run time, and it only w
  11. I know the Nonsuch uses a system like that, but I'm talking about a dinghy-sized boat with a 20', 2-piece, unstayed, aluminum mast that wasn't designed with a vang in the plans. There's no headsail, so no forestay to help offset the pressure, though one may be added in the future. I'm unclear just how much force is put on the vang on your typical dinghy when sailing downwind, but the multiple blocks in the system would suggest, to me anyway, that it could be quite a bit. For this reason, I'm concerned that I'll bend the mast if I tie the boom down and put all the force into the mast,
  12. "When I came back from Luang Prabang I didn't have a thing where my balls used to hang But I had a wooden medal and a fine harangue Now I'm a fucking hero"
  13. Words fail me. $27,500. https://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/boa/d/san-jose-houseboat-custom/7368313046.html
  14. I spotted this "thing" today in Richmond, Ca.
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