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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. Did anyone one see on Good Morning America the short clip of the boating accident?? It looked like a small cruiser ran over the stern of a Grady White or Boston Whaler type boat. (it only showed the stern) The clip was about 5 or 6 seconds long. I went to the GMA site, but there was nothing more on this.
  2. You do mean the fill cap to the water tank, yes? if so, it sounds like the pump has a problem. Meaning water is getting by the pump and overfilling your tank. The pump could be going bad or the street pressure is too high forcing its way though the pump. You could add a check valve. A word to the wise. When leaving your boat, turn the water off at the dock. If one of the pipes were to let go, you would have a endless supply of water filling your boat.
  3. Congrats!!
  4. Yep!
  5. This is a cruiser. Brick, I don't know his set up and he has not fully explained it to us. But your making it sound like he has one battery switch. Most cruises have 2 to 4 switches depending on there setup. (In my case I have 4) If I am not mistaken, he has 3 battery switches. (And yes, do NOT turn "OFF" the starting battery with the engine on.) One for the engine, one for the house and one to combine for emergencies. With this kind of setup, basally you get on your boat and turn the engine and house to the "ON" position leaving the other to "OFF". Go out, have fun, go on the hook and what ever............. With everything on and the house battery going dead. The engine should start right up and without touching any switches. Providing the boat is setup up properly and again we don't know that. As someone else mentioned, is the VSR/combiner working? Both batteries should be charging with the engine running.
  6. "When you are stopped, then switch over to the "house" battery." Well that depends on how its wired. My boat, I do not switch over batteries and most cruises don't too. Most cruises have a separate house bank and starting battery/s. Most smaller boats, say 23' and under do not separate the two. We do not really know his setup.
  7. If the engine battery should be just for starting. So there should be no need to turn it off. That goes back to me first post. It should have never died unless its going bad or something else that is ON is connected to it. And yes, they should have been charging when the engine was running no matter how the switches were set. Thats if it was setup properly!!
  8. Your talking about the engine compartment, yes? Its motorized? Are your batteries dead? More info would be helpful.
  9. This is more complicated than it appears. First off, the house and engine battery should be just that. Meaning that the engine battery is for starting only and maybe a bilge pump. The house is for everything else. Between 25 to 50 bucks you can buy a tester to do a load test on each battery. https://www.amazon.com/Battery-Analyzer-Cranking-Charging-Motorcycle/dp/B0757ZGS4H/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1515274368&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=12v+load+test&psc=1 The engine battery should not have gone dead on you unless its going bad (test it) or something else is pulling power from it. The house battery, well you will need to do the math between the loads (light, radio....) and how big your battery is. You can always add another house battery too. I would highly suggest you talk to someone at your Club or marina and even have them look at your setup. To really answer your question is difficult with out knowing what you have.
  10. I can see that. On shore power or when the engines is running it can be left on. You can always install another house battery if needed.
  11. Well, it almost goes with out saying. You hit something and bent the props.
  12. I would take a U.S.C.G. course. Yes, the battery charger should be on when on shore power.
  13. A lot of good points 68 has. It really depends on, are you taking the cord with you. Most people leave the cord if there returning to the same slip. I shut off the breaker at the power station first with all the loads on the boat turned off. This will prevent arcing no matter which end is unplugged first. Then if you leave the cord at the dock, the end of the cord has no power. On return, just the reverse.
  14. Portland, Maine??
  15. Yes, I would just make sure that the outlet is GFI protected. Also, that you are using a 14 or even better a 12 gauge extension cord. Not the cheap 16 gauge ones. Remember, the longer the cord, the more you want to use a heaver cord. But thats me.............