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by Expatriate
Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: solar panels?
Replies: 2
Views: 1244

Re: solar panels?

Since I put a hardtop on the flybridge, I decided that I might as well cover it with solar panels. We have a 300 watt panel on the aft bimini, but is often shaded part of the day by the flybridge bimini. I put two 300 watt panels on the flybridge hardtop. I wired them in parallel, but I could have w...
by Expatriate
Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Heating Fresh Water
Replies: 12
Views: 2093

Re: Heating Fresh Water

Alan,

Thanks for the come back. I forgot to mention that I replaced a Kuuma with a Whale. It cost twice as much as the Kuuma. I hope it is twice as good.

Tim
by Expatriate
Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Heating Fresh Water
Replies: 12
Views: 2093

Re: Heating Fresh Water

So, my solution to the water heater problem started with disconnecting the water heater. When I turned on the breaker it did not flip. This told me there was no short in the wire, it was in the water heater. My experience with water heaters has always been the same, they corrode or leak or both. I t...
by Expatriate
Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Bahamas cruising permit question...
Replies: 3
Views: 177

Re: Bahamas cruising permit question...

Duetto, you are correct. One year for the boat.
by Expatriate
Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Bahamas cruising permit question...
Replies: 3
Views: 177

Re: Bahamas cruising permit question...

Bill, We have been to the Bahamas 6 times since we retired, five times in our sailboat and once in the PDQ 34. You and your boat can stay 6 months, but it is a little more complicated. We clear in at Bimini. Each year they give us 90 days, and we have to extend another 90 days about two weeks before...
by Expatriate
Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Battery combiner
Replies: 1
Views: 128

Battery combiner

About ten days ago I decided it was time to start the engines and run them till they warmed up just because we should all do this once in a while. No problems, the were fine. Then it hit me: the battery switches on both engines were off. How did they start? After some head scratching I realized that...
by Expatriate
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Rule Bilge pump failure
Replies: 7
Views: 3872

Re: Rule Bilge pump failure

I admit, I got a little paranoid about bilge pumps. The high bilge alarms that I recently finished installing are completely separate from the bilge pumps and are wired to a breaker so I can turn them off. Who wants to listen to an alarm while trying to find the problem? Probably a simple switch wou...
by Expatriate
Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:00 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Heating Fresh Water
Replies: 12
Views: 2093

Re: Heating Fresh Water

My water heater flips the breaker when I turn it on. It does not just flip the water heater breaker, it shuts down the entire AC electrical panel. This seems odd as it was working most of the season in the Bahamas. I have not touched the AC electrical system at all, but I have made a few simple DC m...
by Expatriate
Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Hard Top?
Replies: 7
Views: 1580

Re: Hard Top?

We hauled to boat for the annual bottom job. We decided to leave the props as they are. The only thing was to install the new hardtop! The Atlantic Towers top is about 10 feet by about 11 feet and weighs less than 200 pounds. Three guys can pick it up easily. They save weight by making the fiberglas...
by Expatriate
Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Thoughts on Watermakers ?
Replies: 9
Views: 543

Re: Thoughts on Watermakers ?

Bill,

I essentially agree with John. If you start out in the Abacos, you can do without a water maker. It is fairly civilized with half a dozen marinas and even a nice grocery store in Marsh Harbor. It is also a good place for friends to fly into.

Tim
by Expatriate
Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Thoughts on Watermakers ?
Replies: 9
Views: 543

Re: Thoughts on Watermakers ?

Bill, We have an '05 that came with a water maker installed by one of the previous owners. It was installed and never used for two years. They say that leaving a water maker unused for so long will ruin the membrane, but it worked perfectly. It makes 20 gallons per hour so we run it once a week for ...
by Expatriate
Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: trans oil cooler?
Replies: 2
Views: 286

Re: trans oil cooler?

I just googled DC60 and came up with a web site: https://www.asap-supplies.com/us/bowman ... ler-203020
It says 1/2" BSP oil and 22mm ID water. Not sure if that is what you are looking for.
by Expatriate
Tue Jul 31, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Starter
Replies: 3
Views: 348

Re: Starter

Alan, I replaced the starter. The oil line was in the way of the lower bolt. It is attached to the engine by two metal supports that look like straps. I could not figure them out at first, so I stuck my instant camera under there and took a couple of shots to see what was going on. I have used this ...
by Expatriate
Sat Jul 28, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: New owner in Jacksonville need help
Replies: 11
Views: 1803

Re: New owner in Jacksonville need help

The water pump failure seems very strange to me. I have never replaced one in any of the three boats I have owned over a period of twenty years. After reading the forum, I carry a spare. There is a PDQ 34 in Bellingham Washington that is in charter. The owners have put together a nice tutorial for t...
by Expatriate
Wed Jul 25, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: PDQ Powercat Forum
Topic: Starter
Replies: 3
Views: 348

Starter

While at the dock, I started the engines just because I am heading to the yard in a week or so, and wanted to make sure there were no problems. Good thing I did. The starboard engine was making a very strange noise, sort of a moaning sound. I thought it was a belt, so I had a look. It looked fine, b...

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