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    I am a computer tech by trade. I like working with my hands ether building or fixing things. Into R.C. planes, woodworking but not my strong point.

    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. Iggy

    Handheld VHF radio

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    Try testing it with a voltmeter, just to be sure you have power there
  3. Iggy

    Convince me: AGM vs lead acid

    My understanding is, that AGM will give you the best of both worlds. High starting amps and can be deep cycled. I would Google "lead acid vs AGM battiers" I have twin Volvos and my AGM's start that both engines with out a problem of the past 8 years. I think what the Volvo bulletin is getting at. If the deep cycle battery is too small, than you will have a problem. If that deep cycle battery is over the rated CCA for that engine, it will be fine. From what I have read, that is the problem, not the fact that it is a deep cycle battery. Remember too, size for size between the two, the CCA rating is lower on deep cycle. Also AGM you can bring them down to 40% were lead acid is only 50% before you will have ill affects. This maybe brand dependent on AGMs but I know, not on mine
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    Convince me: AGM vs lead acid

    All I can say, I have 5 of them, Two for starting and 3 for the house. Three of them are 10 years old and the other 2 are 8 years old and still going strong. I leave them in the boat in the winter for at least 6 months with out charging them until the spring. When I reconnected the batteries and shore power 2 weeks ago. The charger was displaying a rate of 2.5 amps. It only took about 2 hours before the charger when into sleep mode. Not bad for 5 batteries over 6 months sitting in the boat over the winter. Also, when we go away, we sometimes take a mooring. The 3 batteries will last around 24 hours, running the fridge, lights, sump and water pump and the head.
  5. Iggy

    gasoline tank capacity

    Congrats on the boat!! The first basic rule on fuel is, "1/3 out, 1/3 back to home and 1/3 in reserve." Under that rule you will almost never run out. One of my first days in boating it was a great summer day. The weather turned! I burnt up more fuel fighting the waves and the wind and coming back on fumes. Now I use that 1/3 rule. The other tool to use, "Gallons Per Hour" rate on our GPS. If you burn 10 GPH at 25 knots and you just put in 80 gals. Than it should be simple and just do the math.
  6. Iggy

    Installing SiriusXM Tuner

    Call Fusion, see if they know anything.
  7. Iggy

    Helm switches have no light

    Are your Nav lights on? But to be honest about, underway at night its not a big deal.
  8. Iggy

    Bottom Paint Questions

    As I mentioned, ablative (soft) paint. But thats me?
  9. Iggy

    Bottom Paint Questions

    Yep!! But my bellows lasted 8 years in salt water. I went in the slip in May and come out in October. So the drives never went more than half way up.
  10. Iggy

    Bottom Paint Questions

    Are you saying that after you bottom paint, you still need a diver to clean your hull?
  11. Iggy

    Bottom Paint Questions

    I found that this paint works the best on the out-drives. I tried the spray on, but this will give you a better coat and its glossy. https://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1|2200442|2200447|2200453&id=2108143
  12. Iggy

    Bottom Paint Questions

    I would use an ablative, not a hard. The hard will build up over time and then it will need to be soda blasted off.
  13. Iggy

    Bottom Paint Questions

    I don't think you will louse that much speed " down less than 5 MPH in most cases". Maybe 1 or 2 MPH I would think. I do agree with rjbergen except on painting the drive. Do paint it, but you MUST use a non copper bottom paint. I do it every year to the drive and hull. Its been 7 years now with this boat and so far so good. I just finished painting last week and the boat goes in next week. Who is going the work? You are a boat yard?
  14. Iggy

    Radio not coming on

    Break out your meter!! It could be as mentioned above, but you could have a bad connection too. The meter is the only way to know for sure.