It seems like one thing after another has been breaking on us over the last few months. A bunch of the parts that I’ve been waiting on finally came in, so today it was time to finally start putting things back together.
Charger Remote Panel
I picked up a small generator the other week to help keep the batteries charged. When I ran it for the first time it kept overloading. The battery charger kept resetting its power share setting to 30 amps, which is way too much for the generator to handle. After a few calls to tech support it was determined that the old Link 2000 remote was the source of the problem.
Since the Link is a really old model it couldn’t be repaired. My only option was to replace it with the new Freedom Remote Control Panel. The Freedom can only monitor 1 battery bank, and doesn’t do the advanced monitoring that the Link did. I don’t really need to monitor my engine battery, though, and the Freedom is a very simple, and easy to use remote.
Just look at the difference in the wiring between the old and new remote in the photos here.
We have 2 inverters on board that are different sizes. The idea is to always use the smallest one that will provide enough power for whatever it is you need to run. I use my laptop for navigation on board, and I had a DC power supply for my old laptop that was hardwired into the boat’s electric system.
Unfortunately I couldn’t find one that would work with my new laptop. So today I installed a third and even smaller inverter near the helm where the old computer’s power supply was connected. I’m also going to install a USB port to power my tablet, which I use as back up navigation.
The Old Engine Problems
The last thing I did today was some work on the engine to see if we can get it running again. My friend Stu took a look at it recently and is pretty sure part of our problem is an air leak. The first thing I did was bypass the valve where we think the leak is coming from. The old hoses were stuck on the valve so tight that they had to be cut off.
You’d think putting the new barb fitting on would have been relatively easy, but Home Depot sells some odd size fittings. The 3/8″ fitting, which is the correct size for my fuel lines was way smaller than 3/8″, so I had to go with 1/2″ instead, hoping it would also be a little small. Judging by all the wrestling it took to get it connected, I’m going to guess their 1/2″ fittings actually are the correct size.
Getting There, But Still More Work To Do
I was actually able to get the engine started a few times, but only for a short period. I was going to grease the old impeller, but when I pulled it I realized I need a new one. It was getting a little late so that will have to wait until tomorrow. The last thing…I hope…that I’ll need to do is clean the heat exchanger.
My plan was to use seizing wire (used for securing an anchor shackle) to rod out the holes in the heat exchange, but it was way too thin. So tracking down some heavier wire or even just a wire coat hanger will be a task for tomorrow as well. Is anyone else buried in boat projects now too?