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by Ortolan
Wed May 22, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: novacool fridge
Replies: 26
Views: 1181

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: 26
Views: 1181

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: 26
Views: 1181

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: 298

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: 26
Views: 1181

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: 26
Views: 1181

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: 26
Views: 1181

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...
by Ortolan
Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Flybridge seal with upper deck
Replies: 6
Views: 741

Re: Flybridge seal with upper deck

An alternative to Dry-Dek tiles is Hypervent Condensation Preventer. It’s normally used under bed mattresses to allow airflow. The cost is only $10/yd. for 39” wide & is 3/4” thick. I had some leftover from our mattresses. It has a fabric coating on one side which easily peels off, leaving only plas...
by Ortolan
Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Our PDQ Enhancements blog page
Replies: 3
Views: 532

Our PDQ Enhancements blog page

I finally got around to making a page on our blog with enhancements we've made to our PDQ 34: https://esc-pod.com/pdq-34-upgrades-modifications/ Some of these may give new PDQ owners ideas & some might have been "borrowed" from you! There is also a sub-page with improvements we've made to our Nova K...
by Ortolan
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Need Window lock
Replies: 13
Views: 5146

Re: Need Window lock

Mac’s instructions were great, but (at least with my windows) you don’t have to remove the entire surround of window track - mine had a separate 3’ top piece which is all you need to remove to be able to lift the window panels out. Also, my new handles didn’t have the holes for the roll pins drilled...
by Ortolan
Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: ICW Northbound-newbie
Replies: 10
Views: 1763

Re: ICW Northbound-newbie

Jim, Congrats on your PDQ purchase! We have done the same trip north to CT several times. I would agree to skip the Dismal Swamp if you just want to get north. The Dismal Swamp takes an extra day, between the locks & traveling in-line with sailboats at 6 knots. Depending on weather & your schedule y...
by Ortolan
Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Shower Pump Switch
Replies: 3
Views: 872

Re: Shower Pump Switch

I replaced mine with a SeaSense Rubber Toggle Boot $3.00 from Amazon - it fit perfectly.

The old one just unscrews & the new one screws on, however if the entire switch starts to turn, you’ll have to hold it from behind, which you access by removing the toilet paper assembly & reaching up to hold.
by Ortolan
Tue May 29, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Auto Pilot rudder re-calibration
Replies: 3
Views: 940

Re: Auto Pilot rudder re-calibration

Most likely ... it is the Ray Marine "rotary rudder reference" thingy, AKA rudder follower. It is located on the starboard side rudder & ours went bad on our 2006 PDQ last year with exactly the same symptoms. When it fails, the autopilot has no idea the position of the rudders, so it flips out. You ...
by Ortolan
Wed May 02, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Need Window lock
Replies: 13
Views: 5146

Re: Need Window lock

I now have a broken window latch as well. Did any of you order some from Pompanette & end up with an extra one (due to the minimum order amount)?

If so, I'd like to buy one from you.

Thanks.
by Ortolan
Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Life Line Replacement
Replies: 9
Views: 2487

Re: Life Line Replacement

As my previous post mentioned - I tried this, but mine started rusting again in a few months, so I ended up replacing them with Dyneema. But ... the big caution I didn't mention is to watch out for broken strands of SS after you strip off the vinyl! I had broken strands sticking out which will draw ...