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Everything posted by Iggy

  1. Good luck with the new boat. It may not be a bad idea to install an extra bilge pump. I good wave over the bow can easily swamp you.
  2. Works for me.. just try Defender.com
  3. You need a whole system. https://www.defender.com/category.jsp?name=toilets-heads-and-parts&path=-1|51&id=2234284
  4. Defender.com What type of head do you have now??
  5. I would pull the bad switch out just enough to get at the contacts. Than jump across then. Does the drive go up and down. If it does, than you have a bad switch.
  6. Thats what I have heard, but not sure when the change took place.
  7. I boat in salt water. Salt is not as bad as other people on this forum make it out to be. If the boat has a closed system, salt or not that would not stop me from buying it. If the boat was in salt water and raw water cooled. I would have the boat surveyed and take it from there.
  8. It can be converted. But in talking to a few makers, they advised not to do it if the engine has over 50 hrs. on it. They were saying that rust chips will flak off and clog the heat exchanger. Lake or salt water would not matter, the air will get in causing it to rust. I have added it to two of my past boats. Not hard to do at all. Winterizing takes 30 seconds to do a closed system.
  9. I would say that it all depends on what you want to do with the boat. Are you going to do more fishing or more water sports? I put a radar arch on my boat. Great place to put the fishing poles, VHF antenna and more.
  10. You can add a windless to almost any boat. The real question is, would you need a vertical or horizontal one based on your boat.
  11. You need "This Old House" Where is Norm????
  12. To be sure, you need to use a corrosion reference electrode When you fell in, you were not hit by A.C. There still may be D.C. stray current in the water.
  13. Yes it is!
  14. Personally, I like Lenco, electric ones. There controls are easier to use.
  15. No, there self priming. Check the filter screen at the pump or you don't have enough AF in the tank.
  16. I will say, I have a Sig 290 with twin Volvos. To me, they make a very good engine. Both Merc and Volvo, use the same block for what its worth. In my past boats, Volvos have been easier to maintain, starts right up, and preforms better. But, thats me.......
  17. I would go with ProMariner, Newmar makes one that is 50 less but there not claiming to be fail safe. As to running the wires: You can run them with the D.C. wires. Just me, I would keep them a few inches away from speaker wires. Other than that and you use good wiring common sense, you should be fine. So you should be using tinned strained wire, I would use butt connectors that have shrink tubing. Dielectric Grease on non tinned connections. This place has good prices on wire. https://tinnedmarinewire.com/wire/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=4&zenid=b88075c1e492a3c1c6afc147dbb1245a Remember, you can not use Romex wire that you would in your home.
  18. Your talking about a Sig 300. If I am not mistaken, one or both engines must be pulled. Along with removing some of the midship cabins floor since about 1/2 of it is under it. I would call Chaparral too, they have been known to give owners the tank for free. But you pay for the labor, that was a few years ago and worth trying. You can connect a 6 gal tank to each engine, just to move the bout around if needed.
  19. Forgive me. Your in Florida on the west side that offers you protection from the Atlantic. With tides of what, 2 to 3 feet? Buzzards Bay has very strong currents due to the 12 to 13 foot tide changes. Going though the Canal into Buzzards bay, the currents can reach up to 6 knots. It not uncommon to see 1 to 1 1/2 foot waves on a good day. If the weather turns, god help you. Just to give you an idea, and please read the last line too. Which means there even higher. ANZ234-100915- Buzzards Bay- 341 PM EST Fri Feb 9 2018 TONIGHT S winds 5 to 10 kt. Gusts up to 20 kt this evening. Seas around 2 ft. A slight chance of showers after midnight. SAT S winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. A chance of showers. SAT NIGHT S winds 5 to 10 kt. Gusts up to 20 kt in the evening. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Patchy fog. Rain. Vsby 1 NM or less. SUN SW winds 5 to 10 kt, increasing to 10 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. Patchy fog. Rain. Vsby 1 NM or less. SUN NIGHT SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Gusts up to 20 kt in the evening. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Patchy fog. Rain. Vsby 1 NM or less. MON NW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. Patchy fog. A chance of rain. Vsby 1 to 3 NM. MON NIGHT N winds 5 to 10 kt. Gusts up to 20 kt after midnight. Seas around 2 ft. TUE NE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas around 2 ft. TUE NIGHT S winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 1 foot or less. WED SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas around 2 ft. WED NIGHT W winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas around 2 ft. Seas are reported as significant wave height, which is the average of the highest third of the waves. Individual wave heights may be more than twice the significant wave height.
  20. ProMariner makes a very good charger. Great customer support too. Then its your need of a galvanic isolator. You can also buy a Corrosion Reference Electrode. It could be the boat beside you too.
  21. You mentioned a charger. Car chargers do not have the isolation that marine chargers do. That could be your problem, along with no galvanic isolator.
  22. I do a lot of my boating between Boston and Newport, along with the Vineyard. I would not even think of a open bow boat for these waters!! You mentioned Narragansett Bay, the opening of the canal about a 1/2 mile before Onset can become a washing machine. With 2 to 3 foot waves, the currents hitting from 2 or 3 directions. Because of the tide changes, the currents there are very forceful. Woods Hole is unreal. Remember, in that bay your in open waters. You will need a VHF, GPS and radar as standard equipment. Many times coming from the Vineyard or Red Brook Harbor I have hit fog in that bay. To use your words " There are a lot of center console fishing boats and big express cruisers out there normally." Why is that?
  23. Just Google it. I found way too much stuff just to post it here. One of the most VERY important thing is to install a "fail safe" galvanic isolator. Both A.C. & D.C. need to be grounded on the same bus. If this system is not done right, when in the water you will eat up your anodes and than your drive. More importantly, anyone swimming around your boat could be electrocuted. Just this year new code standards have come out. The old GFI would trip at 100ma, now they want 30ma to trip. https://iaeimagazine.org/magazine/2010/09/16/ground-fault-protection-for-marinas-and-boatyards/ If your in fresh water, this is more important. Salt water will send the stray current to ground (the sea bed) were fresh will go after the closest thing. In other words, that person will get the full current shock.
  24. I bought the NMEA 2k gateway which is almost the same thing. That was 175 bucks. Which displays the same data over the network to gauges, GPS and more.
  25. It sound like there connecting a J1939 to Bluetooth gateway.