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    Out side of Boston
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    I am a computer tech by trade. I like working with my hands ether building or fixing things.

    I love boating and going to new places by boat. In some cases it been a fun and a learning curve. At times living on the boat up to a week on vac.

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  1. Yes welcome. You need to look at the battery's specs. I would say any type over 900 CCA should be fine. On the 2nd battery, that would also depend on what you want it for. A 2nd starting battery or to power the house, amp, fridge...............
  2. I would think that your charge voltage should be a littler high. But, first things first. Did you clean and check for your cables and connections for corrosion? Is it a basic dual battery setup? Meaning no combiner or VSR. I would not go by the meter on the helm, but I would use it as a base line. Why, you don't know if you have a voltage drop at the helm due to any loads on that wiring. After that, you may have a bad battery switch or its a reach, the alternator.
  3. Just buy a set of deep well sockets, yes?
  4. Yes, gut-wrenching and we just past that spot about 2 hrs earlier. But the point is, the diver heard the call on his VHF and got there as fast as he could. The first ones out are most likely other boaters and not the Harbor Master or any other agency. If they used there cell phone, the diver would have never known. But you must give him a big pat on the back, he tried!
  5. From West Marine: https://www.westmarine.com/WestAdvisor/Selecting-a-VHF-Handheld-Radio What are the limits of range and power? Handhelds are limited to a transmit power of six watts, compared to 25 watts for fixed-mount radios. Remember, VHF range is more dependent on antenna height and antenna gain than on transmit power, so you can add significantly to your range by connecting an external antenna or by transmitting from the highest location available. For normal handheld use (at five-watt transmit power), figure on a 3-8 mile range from a small boat, compared to 15-20 miles with a fixed-mount radio (at 25 watt transmit power.) I would say more like 3 to 5 miles. If your in a storm, even less. About the over turned boat. http://boston.cbslocal.com/2017/07/26/wareham-water-rescue-cape-cod-canal/
  6. I would hook it up to your GPS and program it with a IMMS#.
  7. If your going on a trip in your car, would you leave your cell phone at home? This summer 2 hrs after I come out of the Cape Cod Canal. A bow rider was swamped and the boat over turned. A sail boat sent out a Mayday on channel 16. The first ones there were near by boaters and one was a diver with his gear still on half on. He just came up and heard the call. A child did passed way, so sad, but it could have been a lot worse. There were about 10 on board with 1 to 2 foot waves. Hand helds are good, but have far less range than a fixed unit. About 5 times less power with a antenna that is just as small.
  8. I would clean and check all connections and coat them with dielectric grease. If the problem is still there, I would do a load test. Today, they make small voltmeter size load testers for 30 to 50 bucks.
  9. Yes, the info comes off the engine/s computer/s. In my case, there are 4 wires that carry all the info from the 2 engines.
  10. My tech too fogged up and quit. I have twin engines and that tech was 800 to replace. I now read both engines techs of my GPS. It was 175 for the gateway and its a digital read out.
  11. I have a Sig 290, my helm would be a lot bigger. I am using 2 Garmin 741s with sonar and radar.
  12. People hold on to there boats more than cars. It should not be too hard to research past owners. In other words, if you buy more on the local side. Boaters know other boaters so they may know that boat. Up here in Boston there are many yacht clubs. Its not uncommon that someone from your club or another is selling a boat that you may like.
  13. Me, I would mount it as in line with my view of the water. You don't want to be looking down. Some where so you can glance at it. Personal, I like Garmin, I had a Raymarine and went back to Garmin. I would get the one with sonar, its short money not to have it.
  14. You are not saying which remote you are using. I used the MS-NRX300 and had no problems installing it. But know I think of it, I could not tell you which remote I removed since it was not in there for long. Remember too, Fusion is NMEA2k so you can read almost anything from your fishfinder and GPS to your remotes. I display my depth on the one on my transom. Also you can chain them on the network. No home runs from each remote.
  15. True, thats the other side of that. I would not feel to confidant in buying parts that have been under water ether. It depends on what parts. Most likely, the Ins. Co. will buy the boat from the insured at market value and sell it. Watching ABC News, the car was sold to a dealer. In 4 to 6 hours, they had that car that was flooded running and looking like new to sell. The same could happen with a boat.