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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.
  16. The market will be crazy with used flooded boats now. ABC News did a thing on flooded used cars this morning being sold.
  17. I would use a strap on the bow eye ring. Just like the transom is strapped down.
  18. Yes, as brink said. Work your way to the helm with a volt meter. Meaning, trace each wire to every point and check. Even check your on board charger to see if that the problem. There should be no transformers in the D.C. wiring. Transformers only work with A.C.
  19. Closed cooling is nice in many ways. It keeps the engine at operating temp a lot more than a raw water cooled system. Much easier to winterize!! In 30 seconds, your done. Than of course, no raw water though the block, salt OR not. But yes, its not a deal breaker. Even if you leave it in all summer long in salt water. The bigger problem is, even with lake boats. Once you pull the boat out, the block drains down and now you have air entering in. The air will speed up the corrosion.
  20. In Mass you also need a wide load permit if its over 8 1/2 feet wide. My 290 is 9 1/2 feet wide. Also, for me to buy a that big of a truck and trailer for 2 times a year. Well for me, its not worth it.
  21. My boat came with a radar arch. I don't trailer it, the boat dry is 9500lbs. Than add the fuel and gear, thats about 10,300lbs. The trailer is 2k if not more, so that must be in the 12,500lbs range. OH, don't forget to add on any passages. So I store it in a boat yard for the winter and the slip at the Club for the summer.
  22. Yes on the radar!! I would go with a the Garmin 24HD unit. My wife bought me the 18" but at the time I did not know any better. Meaning, the 24" will give you better separation of targets. At times the two channel bouys look like one target. The 18" unit has a 5 deg beam were the 24" has a 2.5 deg beam. I have Volvo engines with the standard square gauges. Than the tech meter on one engine failed. That tech goes for 800 were the gateway was 175. I felt that the bigger unit would still be to small if I split the screen. So I went with the two 7" units and it also gives me a back up unit if one fails. The auto pilot is nice!! Thats on the next boat, the wife want more than me a 34 to 36 footer. Shoot me now!
  23. Love the look!!!!!!!!! WOW!! I have a 2011 290 with the same helm setup. I should take pics of it but I am too lazy to post them. I would need to resize them. I installed at the time a Garmin 740 & 740S. Now I replaced them with two Garmin 741 units. One into the center of the helm, on the high side and one mounted just in front but on its bracket. The two 741 units have no sonar. I than installed a Garmin GCV 10 black box sonar that acts as a network hub too. I already had the Garmin 18HD radar. So now the two 741 units and the radar dome plug into the GCV10. Now the two 741 units can display radar and sonar and of course GPS. I can mix what to display on ether unit. Mainly the upper one I use for GPS and overlay the radar and the lower to display sonar and engines tech readings. Also I have a AIS unit that is NMEA2k that works will too. The AIS also displays vectors were the radar can not. Need a better unit for that. I tapped into the engines computer with a J1939 to NMEA2k gatway. Both GPS units can display both engine readings. Which is great because it is a digital read out.
  24. Copper and AL are dissimilar metals. By combining them as you did, they will act as a battery and eat each. In painting the drives, leave at least 1/2 gap between the 2 painted surfaces.