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by Ortolan
Wed May 13, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Cutlass Bearing Replacement
Replies: 7
Views: 3733

Re: Cutlass Bearing Replacement

Finding my port Tides seal beginning to leak & with the shaft visibly whipping at high speeds, I thought I’d make an attempt at checking the engine alignment. As I carefully disconnected the flexible shaft coupling, I was surprised when the shaft dropped down onto the bilge floor like a lead weight ...
by Ortolan
Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Effective Fuel
Replies: 18
Views: 1851

Re: Effective Fuel

I’d be curious, in a fuel emergency, could you access some of the extra fuel in the auxiliary tank? If you shut the genset valve off (so it doesn’t drain & of course not use it), remove the pickup tube of the transfer pump & add a length of rubber tubing to reach further down into the tank - then tr...
by Ortolan
Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:23 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Effective Fuel
Replies: 18
Views: 1851

Re: Effective Fuel

Nick- I’m sure you’ll get more exacting info from people like James Power or Dick & there may be some variation depending on exact pickup tube depth. Going by our experience, the useable fuel is quite limited. The main tank: Once we got very low - the gauge had shown empty for over a hour & when I p...
by Ortolan
Sat Mar 14, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Original LPG tanks
Replies: 2
Views: 1412

Re: Original LPG tanks

We just went through this last fall when attempting to refill our “expired” tanks - Another option if in the Vero Beach area: I would recommend Como Oil & Propane. They re-certified (with an official receipt & decals on the tanks) AND filled both tanks for only $27.00 - I was pleasantly surprised! F...
by Ortolan
Wed Sep 04, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Removing Flybridge icemaker
Replies: 2
Views: 1344

Re: Removing Flybridge icemaker

John, This was one of our first projects when we bought Twin Sisters. We decided an icemaker wasn't needed, but we would need extra fridge space rather than extra storage, so we replaced the icemaker with a small Engel #SB47F-MK fridge, typical of Sea Rays & such. The opening size is different, but ...
by Ortolan
Sun Aug 04, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: A Second Depth Sounder
Replies: 7
Views: 5923

Re: A Second Depth Sounder

Another possible fix for your DSM-300 issue (if being inputted to your Ray Marine chartplotter) could be the settings on your chartplotter. My depth worked only intermittently for 3 years (& the previous owner’s 2 years), so I added a separate depth sounder in the starboard hull to use instead. Jump...
by Ortolan
Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Prop Zincs
Replies: 7
Views: 4186

Re: Prop Zincs

Mac,

The correct one should be the “D”. I’ve been purchasing then from BoatZincs.com as their “Nut-D-Alum.” prop anodes.
by Ortolan
Sun Jun 09, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Rudder safety warning!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 1806

Re: Rudder safety warning!!!

This is our rudder from our mid-2006 (hull #100) model. There is a collar on top of this glassed-in board with one bolt thru into the collar & one protruding out - I assume this is the updated design?
by Ortolan
Wed May 22, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: novacool fridge
Replies: 42
Views: 8316

Re: novacool fridge

Nick & Barb, This can be a very involved question/answer! Your Nova Kool freezer/fridge is not the “ideal” unit, with it’s single compressor attempting to keep both compartments at proper temps, with minimal insulation thrown in. I’ve outlined some things I’ve done here: https://esc-pod.com/pdq-34-u...
by Ortolan
Thu May 09, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: novacool fridge
Replies: 42
Views: 8316

Re: novacool fridge

Mac, I used a common 4”? pancake/computer fan from Amazon. In addition to 12 volts, I looked for one with ball bearings & the best rated/most expensive (they are so cheap, the cost difference is tiny). I hooked mine up to a terminal strip mounted below the fridge which powers my new digital thermost...
by Ortolan
Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: novacool fridge
Replies: 42
Views: 8316

Re: novacool fridge

Mac - We store all of our lines in that locker.

John - Not sure what you mean. Are you asking why I drilled the hole at that location or why I mounted the fan from that side of the partition? If the latter, it just seemed easier.
by Ortolan
Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Oil consumption for Yanmar engines
Replies: 6
Views: 1563

Re: Oil consumption for Yanmar engines

A previous posting discussed this - due to the engine angle & ??, others (& now myself) have found that if you only fill to the mid-full mark on the dipstick, you may only rarely need to add oil. If I fill to the max, they seem to fairly quickly “burn” down to mid-full, then only a pint or so every ...
by Ortolan
Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: novacool fridge
Replies: 42
Views: 8316

Re: novacool fridge

My fan is mounted 12” back. Of course, look carefully from behind & drill a tiny hole first to check for anything in the way. Mine is powered 24/7 as the power usage is tiny. I left off the inspection port cover between the port locker & the anchor chain locker. The hot, dry air travels thru the por...
by Ortolan
Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: novacool fridge
Replies: 42
Views: 8316

Re: novacool fridge

Mac, I’ve done this upgrade. It’s a 25’ run from the breaker to below the fridge (it’s not practical to terminate 10 gauge wire at the fridge controller - terminate the 10 gauge wire at a new terminal strip below the fridge, then re-use the 14 gauge for the last few feet - leave extra so you can pul...
by Ortolan
Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: novacool fridge
Replies: 42
Views: 8316

Re: novacool fridge

Don’t underestimate the voltage loss. Figuring 6 amps & 25’ (which it is - I replaced my wiring): Factory 14 AWG: 6.5% loss = 11.2 volts Replacement 10 AWG: 3.1% loss = 11.7 volts Granted, your battery will normally be well over 12 volts, but on the other hand, anchored out, our battery is usually o...