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by deising
Wed Apr 01, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Windlass reversing solenoid
Replies: 5
Views: 54

Re: Windlass reversing solenoid

Thanks for the input. If it was the original unit and lasted 14 years, I am not unhappy.
by deising
Wed Apr 01, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Windlass reversing solenoid
Replies: 5
Views: 54

Re: Windlass reversing solenoid

Follow-up: I received the replacement solenoid and installed it today. I connected the wires the same way as they were before, by using a photo I took before disassembly and the downloaded schematic to get the colors right. Guess what? The up button made it go down and vice versa. All I had to do wa...
by deising
Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Effective Water
Replies: 4
Views: 42

Re: Effective Water

We, too, now use 9-10 gals per day. When we started with our sailboat, we had 78 gals in 3 tanks and got away with 3.1 gals per day. We have gotten more decadent over time.
by deising
Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Effective Water
Replies: 4
Views: 42

Re: Effective Water

I have run the tank dry and seem to recall it took 75 gallons to fill using the meter that I have attached to a fitting for filling. Unlike the holding tank monitor, the water tank monitor is pleasant to remove and clean/test/calibrate. There are little floats at the ends of the 3 rods. When the flo...
by deising
Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Windlass reversing solenoid
Replies: 5
Views: 54

Re: Windlass reversing solenoid

Mac, I will install the new one upon arrival (shipping takes longer in these COVID-19 days) and am not sure about storing the old one aboard as a spare. Our boat is already heavy enough and the chances of us needing that spare are probably very low. Now that I know how easy it is to get a "sticky" o...
by deising
Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:50 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Windlass reversing solenoid
Replies: 5
Views: 54

Windlass reversing solenoid

In the vein of “it worked the last time I used it,” I recently took the boat out for a short ride and decided to drop the anchor for a picnic lunch. The windlass would not go up or down, not make noise of any kind, including no “clicking” from the solenoid. I suspected the switch at the lower helm h...
by deising
Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Effective Fuel
Replies: 18
Views: 366

Re: Effective Fuel

Nick,

I have never messed around with a fuel gauge sender, but if you run out of fuel at 1/4, you either have a mis-located fuel pickup tube (way too high in the tank) or the sending unit is way off. Maybe somebody else here has more advice on that.
by deising
Sat Mar 28, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Effective Fuel
Replies: 18
Views: 366

Re: Effective Fuel

Nick, Your comment about wind and sea state affecting your range is quite true. We like to speak in terms of average miles per gallon because we know how far away our destination lies. A better way to gauge fuel usage, however, is gallons per hour. If you are bucking heavy seas and currents for a ve...
by deising
Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Effective Fuel
Replies: 18
Views: 366

Re: Effective Fuel

Mac, I am sure Rafe meant that it took 94 gallons to fill the tank after the port engine quit.
by deising
Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Effective Fuel
Replies: 18
Views: 366

Re: Effective Fuel

John, It would be interesting to find out what our boats accurately weigh loaded for cruising. I suspect your much earlier hull number is a bit lighter, and perhaps you do not carry as much as we do when cruising. When we did the pre-purchase survey, it was a very light ship and we reached 16 kts at...
by deising
Tue Mar 24, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Effective Fuel
Replies: 18
Views: 366

Re: Effective Fuel

Excellent detail from Russ. Here are some more data points from my experience. Realizing that not all gauges may be repeatable, we nonetheless see 77-80 gals to fill the main/aft tank from E to F. I have never run it below E or physically checked the tank. I once left the valves open on the aft tank...
by deising
Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Dipstick Marks
Replies: 5
Views: 278

Re: Dipstick Marks

Another interesting bit is that there is always (for me) a high side and low side of oil level on the dipstick. I have been told to use the high side as the measure.
by deising
Tue Mar 17, 2020 5:47 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Single Engine Operation
Replies: 3
Views: 226

Re: Single Engine Operation

VERY good point, Rafe. I forgot that was a problem for some of our boats.
by deising
Mon Mar 16, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Single Engine Operation
Replies: 3
Views: 226

Re: Single Engine Operation

Nick, This has been debated much over the years. The tranny can run fine in neutral according to the manufacturer. Since it is hydraulic, it will not lock regardless of putting it in forward or reverse. You would have to use a mechanical lock on the shaft for that, but no need. With the engine not r...
by deising
Tue Mar 10, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: motor zincs
Replies: 2
Views: 660

Re: motor zincs

Agreed.