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  1. Rambo

    This is for Hatem

    What might work better is when a mate is calling out continuously the distance in feet between the agreed on section of a boat and the dock instead of second guessing where to go and how the boat will react. Six, five, four, three, two, three, two, two, one, one, touchdown - for example. Usually mate focuses on a section that is going to make a touchdown first - bow going forward, stern or swim platform in reverse, and gunwale when moving sideways using thrusters or joystick propulsion. The distance called continuously together with operator's own visual on boat orientation, direction, and inertia makes maneuvering more instinctive. Otherwise operator tries to process the given command, assess whose right or left side it refers to, decide to follow or not the command that might or might not be correct for that given situation. Especially confusing when going in reverse. Too much to process and stressful for both sides.
  2. The arch wire through hole could be also accessible from engine compartment. All depends on a particular boat. You need to get your head under the arch in the area where the arch is mounted and with your face up look for any holes in a gunwale. The hole could be anywhere from 1 to 2 inches in diameter drilled through the top of the gunwale. There could be more than one hole. It would be quite hard to aim and snake a fish tape through it going from top of the arch down. The bottom up approch worked much better for me.
  3. Rambo

    Newbies, do you use your GPS to its fullest?

    SECOND - REGARDING OTHER RAMBLINGS, CAPS FOR LAUGHS no more, this is not funny anymore. Sounds like a case of mistaken identity. Not even sure how to respond - not the first time though. A retrospective look at the mirror might provide the answer to the grievances raised. In general, people on this forum are good, decent people, knowledgeable, experienced, some are experts in their field, and always eager to help if the help is requested and appreciated. I have been reading this forum for years and have learned a lot without actually asking any question or arguing with anybody. A very few arguments over the years. That has been changing but has gone really bad in recent months. The abusive language, the amount of hostility and disrespect, the wrong, inconsequential, often dangerous assumptions and statements that can come from one person is really astonishing. The result - people are leaving, people are shutting down, some treat the one gingerly like a rotten raw egg, and some walk around like a feral cat does around a skunk. Not anymore a fun and collegial place this forum used to be. The misinformation in the areas that may affect person's safety and well being - use of life saving devices and electronics, proper electrical installations and danger of electricity and water, safe navigation and general boating safety - bothers me the most. As somebody else already implied elsewhere, Johnny Dangerously, has no place here. Just to save on the back and forth - my future reply to these off topic ramblings and grievances will be "whatever", or simply nothing.
  4. Rambo

    Newbies, do you use your GPS to its fullest?

    FIRST THING FIRST - THE 6 PIN TO 8 PIN ADAPTER CABLE WAS OBSCURED IN THE PICTURE POSTED DAYS AGO, AND WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PICTURED HAND DRAWING. IT WAS A MISSING ITEM DESPITE THE CONVOLUTED DISCUSSION THAT FOLLOWED. HERE IT IS AGAIN, AND SOME MORE FROM THE INSTALLATION MANUAL, FOR THE CONTINUITY IF ANYBODY STILL FOLLOWS THIS TOPIC: VOLVO PENTA EASY CONNECT INSTALLATION FOR OLDER VP GAS ENGINES WITHOUT EVC ALSO NOTE A REMARK ABOUT EASY CONNECT AND CONSTANT POWER DRAW - BOTTOM OF THE FIRST RED BOX BELOW:
  5. Rambo

    DIY

  6. Rambo

    Newbies, do you use your GPS to its fullest?

    HERE ARE ONE'S CLUES TO HELP TO FINALIZE THIS SIMPLE VP EC HOOKUP, RIGHT FROM THE INSTALLATION MANUAL.
  7. Rambo

    Fuel economy 2003 Signature 320 with 350 Mag

    Millage of course (MPG) for a planing boat like an express cruiser. The hull size, shape, weight, load (people, gadgets, and fluids), and the prop type does matter. The GPH is meaningless really unless one has a trawler that almost always floats at the constant speed of its displacement hull. My boat can use from 0.9 to 23+ GPH when tested on the hard and going nowhere, and the same range while actually going somewhere at different speeds. Not sure what the OP is going to learn here without injecting the miles traveled over time (MPH) number into that equation?
  8. Rambo

    1998 sig 240 waste tank leaking

    PUMP OUT? WHAT'S THE PUMP OUT? THE ONE HAS NOT DISCOVERED THIS YET. HERE IS A LITTLE HELP - PUMPOUTS IN MA: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1D7ev3T7FnLcE6Lk2IDzK5XiYfUY&ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&ll=41.93088999999999%2C-70.54870599999998&spn=1.900213%2C3.713379&t=h&z=8 IF NOT CLOSE ENOUGH BY WATER, ONE COULD DRIVE THE BOAT TO THE CLOSEST ONE ON TRAILER. GIVE ME A BREAK, JUST TOO MUCH FUN. CAPS FOR LAUGHS!
  9. Rambo

    Newbies, do you use your GPS to its fullest?

    THAT'S REALLY FUNNY, ONE MORE BACK PADDLING TRICK: YES, ONE DID SIMPLISTICALLY IMPLIED SO: WHAT'S MORE IMPORTANT, THE ONE IS MISSING AN N2K BACKBONE TO CONNECT ALL THESE GADGETS TOGETHER. SORRY THAT IT REQUIRES A BIT OF RTFM BUT THE N2K BACKBONE IS AN IMPORTANT DETAIL STILL MISSING IN THIS GRAND SCHEMA OF CONNECTING "GPS" TO ENGINE AND WHATEVER ELSE. ONE NEEDS TO THINK ABOUT IT NOW AND PLAN WELL, OR ONE WILL END UP LIKE THE ONE WITH NEW WINDLASS INSTALLED WITH NO SUFFICIENT STORAGE SPACE BELOW FOR THE RODE TO DROP DOWN AND COIL ON ITS OWN. THESE HELM AND DECK SWITCHES DO NOT HELP MUCH WHEN ONE IS ON THE KNEES WITH HANDS BUSY STUFFING THE RODE UNDER THE WINDLASS. SAME HERE, THESE N2K INTERFACES WILL NOT HELP MUCH WITHOUT THE N2K BACKBONE. S**T HAPPENS WHEN ONE DOES NOT CARE ABOUT THE DETAILS. STOP IT, JUST TOO MUCH FUN. CAPS FOR LAUGHS!
  10. Rambo

    New boat?

    @Oldbro I do not own the H2O and do not have the first hand experience with H2O but I would suggest you search this forum for more H2O user feedback. I have seen and read here a lot of first hand reports regarding H2O line of boats, some praises and a lot of critique.
  11. Rambo

    Lights

    Really bad idea. Boating is not (car) driving. Skipper needs to develop a different set of skills. Water does not reflect light like the hard surface does. You will outrun your boat "headlights" in much much shorter distance than while driving a car. There are other far more important lights on the water (nav lights, nav aids) that will be overpowered by your white light and therefore not visible to you. Training one's night vision, sharpening the hearing, and adjusting the speed according to circumstances is one's best bet. For more explanation and night boating tips see this article: http://commanderbob.com/night-boating/
  12. Assuming that you have added all up correctly, the 552 watts is a lot of lumens. There is no direct relation between watts and lumens, all depends on the particular bulb efficiency, but a rule of thumb for comparison is: 1 watt = 10 lumens for incandescent bulbs and 1 watt = 100 lumens for LED bulbs. This would suggest that your LED installation will generate 55,000 lumens of light. Are you trying to spot the boat from an orbit? It will be one bright boat that, at 40+A of current, eats the batteries for a snack! On the DC wire size: don't forget to count the entire wire length (round trip). If the device is 25 feet from the source, the wire length for size calculation is 50 feet.
  13. Rambo

    Newbies, do you use your GPS to its fullest?

    The compass is showing 172 degree heading (CTS), and not the direction where the boat is moving. The tracking (movement) direction is calculated by GPS (COG). The boat can be still and the compass will show the correct CTS while GPS will show the last calculated COG while boat was still in motion, that is the direction of an outdated track. BTW, the compass is NOT showing SOUTH facing helm. The way the marine compasses are marked it is showing boat's bow facing SOUTH at 172 degree. All this was already stated, restated and implied dozen of times in this thread and other related posts. There is no answer to the question as worded since the question does not make sense. Till one understands the difference between compass and GPS, between CTS and COG, this discussion is mute at best or just sounding informative but really dangerous if taken at its word. It's not an opinion, nor assumption, nor "I think", nor open to backpedaling "I believe", it's a fact. It's physics. Unlike a car that almost always moves in one direction, the direction of the hood ornament, until it loses traction, boats do not have rolling wheels and move in two direction, forward and sideways, while making the way. Further discussion is just not possible until one comprehends this difference. Simply mind boggling - this is an example of how uninformed and dangerous advice one might find on the forums like this. It is nearly impossible, and very time consuming to do it over and over, to correct the misinformation like this. There is plenty of good info out there. Please search the web and learn from experts and reputable sources. The forums with opinions like the above prove to be neither. Kudos to Iggy for trying to fact check and correct the blatant errors and misconceptions. I am really done here. “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” - Mark Twain
  14. Rambo

    Newbies, do you use your GPS to its fullest?

    Some facts for the benefit of all newbies. The "GPS compass" is not useless but "GPS compass" is NOT a compass at all. The compass, analog or electronic, senses Earth's magnetic field. The GPS cannot do that. The chart plotter with only GPS receiver connected and providing tracking data cannot function as a compass. A chart plotter becomes a compass only when an electronic compass aka fluxgate compass aka magnetic heading sensor is connected and sending heading data to that chart plotter. Compass = course to steer (CTS) and GPS = course over ground (COG). Two independent and different, sometime vastly different, values. The compass tape or rose values one might be able to see on a chart plotter screen are based on and calculated from GPS tracking data and not from magnetic compass heading sensor. Not useless but not that true and unpredictable in many circumstances unless a magnetic heading sensor is connected and providing heading data. Another example from Garmin's manual that explains the compass, GPS, and radar directions relation: There is plenty of good info out there. Please search the web and learn from experts and reputable sources. The forums like this might prove to be neither.
  15. Rambo

    Newbies, do you use your GPS to its fullest?

    I said that I am not going to be dragged into the back and forth, and I will not participate any further stating and restating the obvious. The last word: - as requested, one of the oldest methods to calibrate a magnetic compass, astronomy is your friend: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIRLTyp8vhg Over and out!
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