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by Iriemon
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Replacing original solar panels
Replies: 20
Views: 903

Re: Replacing original solar panels

I fed mine through the top into the helm light fixture. From there the wires go down the support and into the cabin. I recall fishing wires was a reasonable one-man job and that large wires should fit (I think mine were #10 and there was lots of space). https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6o2F9j_OuL8/WUBRkN...
by Iriemon
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Replacing original solar panels
Replies: 20
Views: 903

Re: Replacing original solar panels

Along this subject, maybe those who have already upgraded solar panels on the hard bimini of the 32 can provide some enlightment as to wiring. How do the solar panel wires go from the bimini top to the boat interior? I'm assuming that there is a conduit thru the hard top and down one of the stainles...
by Iriemon
Fri Dec 21, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Replacing original solar panels
Replies: 20
Views: 903

Re: Replacing original solar panels

I ended going with 2- 100 watt solarworld panels from E -marine I could have fit a smaller size 20 watt in the middle but it would have pushed the ends of the 100s outside of the existing frame and it required shimming for it to fit and I didn’t feel it was worth the hassle . Thanks to all.Hope pan...
by Iriemon
Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Replacing original solar panels
Replies: 20
Views: 903

Re: Replacing original solar panels

These Renology 30 watt panels are the same size as the "Mighty Max" 23.8 x 13.5 and from a more reputable seller. Bit more pricy, however, at $53.29 each. https://www.amazon.com/Renogy-Monocrystalline-Efficiency-Module-Marine/dp/B00JDRG69K/ref=sr_1_21?ie=UTF8&qid=1544027378&sr=8-21...
by Iriemon
Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Replacing original solar panels
Replies: 20
Views: 903

Re: Replacing original solar panels

These Dokia 100w panels are 46.2 x 20.8 for $95 and would just fit lengthwise in the existing starboard frames. https://www.amazon.com/DOKIO-Watts-Volts-Monocrystalline-Solar/dp/B074DZNN8T/ref=sr_1_11_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1544022887&sr=8-11-spons&keywords=120+watt+flexible+solar&psc=1 Th...
by Iriemon
Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Replacing original solar panels
Replies: 20
Views: 903

Re: Replacing original solar panels

Renology and HQST have recently come out with a "compact" 100 watt mono solar panel for ~$110 each. (I think they are the same panel for both) The panels are spec'd at 42.3 x 19.5 x 1.2 inches. A couple which will easily fit within the existing frame, with room to spare. https://www.amazon...
by Iriemon
Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Dry Storage
Replies: 7
Views: 413

Re: Dry Storage

Last time I hauled the boat was blocked under the keels and with a couple boards (8x4?) placed under the bridge deck per the manual held in place with jack stands (2 each). I didn't take a pic though. I don't read the manual as saying you should block the boat solely by the bridge deck, but by both ...
by Iriemon
Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Dry Storage
Replies: 7
Views: 413

Re: Dry Storage

Not quite sure what you are asking here. The PDQ 32 owner's manual says the boat should be supported on the keels and underneath the forward and aft sections of the bridge deck. The manual shows using saw horses to support the sections supporting the bridge deck, but I don't know why you couldn't us...
by Iriemon
Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: My Book is Finally Out
Replies: 1
Views: 252

Re: My Book is Finally Out

Congrats Drew. You've been a godsend to this forum and sailors in general.
by Iriemon
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: PDQ General Forum
Topic: Current accurate weather
Replies: 4
Views: 507

Re: Current accurate weather

When I sailed thru the Caribbean and Bahamas about 15 years ago, I had a shortwave/SSB receiver (a Sony 7600 which I bought for a little less than $200, as I recall), with which I was able to receive wx information (voice, as well as weatherfax which you download to a laptop with software you can fi...
by Iriemon
Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: source for bow pulpits?
Replies: 2
Views: 247

Re: source for bow pulpits?

I can't help you for who made PDQ pulpits, but when my Hunter 35 was trashed in a hurricane in 2006, a firm called Tops-in-Quality did a good job fabricating replacement pushpits and stanchions. I think they go by Whitewater marine marine now. http://www.whitewatermarineinc.com/pulpits.html. If you ...
by Iriemon
Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Replacing original solar panels
Replies: 20
Views: 903

Re: Replacing original solar panels

I have read that panels should not be mounted flat onto a surface, so they can dissipate heat for better efficiency. It wouldn't be an issue with rigid panels (i.e. those that come with an aluminum frame with edges to keep the panel off the surface). But I have no idea what efficiency affect, if any...
by Iriemon
Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Replacing original solar panels
Replies: 20
Views: 903

Re: Replacing original solar panels

Hey Joe, I've been researching this as well, as part of a scheme to do a solar upgrade this fall which will include adding a couple 150 watt panels over the hardtop and a couple 100s mounted over the stern. My preference would be to mount the new panels in the existing starboard mounting frames so I...
by Iriemon
Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: Autohelm ST4000+ Problem
Replies: 7
Views: 772

Re: Autohelm ST4000+ Problem

Here are my autopilot settings from the "Dealer Calibration" inputs: Vessel type: Sailboat Drive Type: 3 Rudder alignment: 0 Rudder limit: 25 Rudder Gain: 4 Counter rudder: 2 Rudder dampening: 2 Autotrim: 1 Response: 2 Turn rate limit: 20 Off course angle: 20* Power steer: 1 Autotrack angl...
by Iriemon
Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum
Topic: What are these D-rings on the bow?
Replies: 11
Views: 798

Re: What are these D-rings on the bow?

The bow mounted rings are secure attachment points to use for towing or securing lines from storm prep, I believe. I recently read (I think it was Practical Sailor) that boats that used these type of bow mounted attachment points for lines in a storm/hurricane fared well in part because there is lit...

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