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by AMCarter3
Fri May 24, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Waxing / Poliishing our PDQ
Replies: 0
Views: 28

Waxing / Poliishing our PDQ

There is a LOT of surface to polish on a PDQ! We tried the DIY approach. Killer. We tried different products and bought a West Marine electric buffer. We gave up. It was long, hard work and the result was NOT really that good. Then we tried our local boatyard. They did a "fairly" decent job, but we ...
by AMCarter3
Thu May 23, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Propeller size for the 100 hp engines.
Replies: 4
Views: 64

Re: Propeller size for the 100 hp engines.

The combination of: 1) new injectors; 2) adjusting all valves: 3) have both shafts balanced; and 4) having both props pitched to 17"x13" resulted in massive improvements: • WOT of 4000 rpm (up from 3400) • Speed increase to over 18 knots (flat water, no wind) • Significant decrease in engine noise a...
by AMCarter3
Thu May 23, 2019 1:20 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: novacool fridge
Replies: 28
Views: 1277

Re: novacool fridge

Here's pics of our fridge exhaust fan project. The controller is based on a nifty Qianson DC 12V 1A Automatic PC CPU Fan Temperature Control Speed Controller Case Fan Governor <https://is.gd/ggqorz>. This DC12V governor can be auto controlled according to the ambient temperature of the fan speed. A ...
by AMCarter3
Wed May 22, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: novacool fridge
Replies: 28
Views: 1277

Re: novacool fridge

I completely agree with Russ’ assessment and his modifications. I just completed a similar set of modifications to our Nova-cool fridge (other than the external thermometer). My focus was to decease amp loss on the wiring, increase air flow and reduce the ambient temp in the fridge compartment. Seco...
by AMCarter3
Thu May 09, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: novacool fridge
Replies: 28
Views: 1277

Re: novacool fridge

Thanks, Russ. That is exactly the route I'm heading - a good quality pancake fan. Given our cooler temps, we wanted it to: a) be thermally activated; b) have an On/Off switch for the winter months; and c) able to do a manual override to increase / decrease the speed.
by AMCarter3
Thu May 09, 2019 2:31 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: novacool fridge
Replies: 28
Views: 1277

Re: novacool fridge Exhaust Fan

Russ,

Could you clarify how you wired your exhaust fan? What fan is it? Is it on 24/7 or did you install a switch or a thermally activated switch?
by AMCarter3
Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Flybridge seal with upper deck
Replies: 6
Views: 750

Re: Flybridge seal with upper deck

By the way, I found a good online source for high quality marine grade butyl-based hybrid-elastomer bedding (Bed-It Tape). This is what I believe was the original tape used to caulk our flybridge structure to the deck. "Due to EPA regulations, the old school butyl used by boat-builders 30-40 years a...
by AMCarter3
Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Port Tachometer and hour meter not working.
Replies: 7
Views: 217

Re: Port Tachometer and hour meter not working.

My lower tachs show hours and work fine. My upper tachs only show RPM's with occasional flickers of hours data. Has anyone had success applying anti-corrosion fluid to the wire connection at the back of the upper tachs?
by AMCarter3
Sun Apr 21, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: novacool fridge
Replies: 28
Views: 1277

Re: novacool fridge

Since I got a temperature activated variable speed fan, I'm going to install inside the fridge "hole" on the backside of the Aux fuel locker.
by AMCarter3
Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Oil consumption for Yanmar engines
Replies: 6
Views: 310

Re: Oil consumption for Yanmar engines

3 years ago when we bought our 2006 PDQ, we had what I considered a serious oil consumption issue on our port engine - at high RPM's, it would consume 1 qt of oil in about every 8-10 hours! It took awhile to diagnose it. Our local Yanmar esperts finally found a gasket that had been compromised insid...
by AMCarter3
Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: novacool fridge
Replies: 28
Views: 1277

Re: novacool fridge

What do you guys have in that deck locker where the aux fuel tank is located? Mine is essentially empty -- we keep deck chairs and the spare backup anchor there.
by AMCarter3
Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: novacool fridge
Replies: 28
Views: 1277

Re: novacool fridge

That hole in the wall of the microwave cabinet is a direct access to the fridge space. You can touch the starboard sidewall of the fridge just inside the hole. Opposite the fridge's sidewall is the port sidewall of the Auxiliary diesel fuel tank locker. That's the wall where Russ installed his fan a...
by AMCarter3
Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: novacool fridge
Replies: 28
Views: 1277

Re: novacool fridge

Russ,

Amazing prices at bestboatwire.com... even with shipping, better than I can get around my area.
by AMCarter3
Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: novacool fridge
Replies: 28
Views: 1277

Re: novacool fridge

Russ, Yes... please send a pic of the fan location if you can. I'm pretty sure I know where it is mounted, but a pic would help. I'm assuming it it mounted high on the PORT side wall between the fridge and the aux. diesel fuel tank locker on the forward deck. (we do not have a genset). That location...