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Systems / Water Tank Level Gauge
« on: June 10, 2009, 01:52:47 PM »
The problem I have is when the boat heels the top of the level gauge will be below the top of the tank. I think what I will do it plumb it into the existing tank vent line. I believe these are cross boat vents so they don't have this problem.

I have found some 1/2 polycarbonate tubing (1/4 internal diameter). It will hold 4K PSI and is food grade ($1.69 / foot at McMaster Carr). I am planning on using this with the push on connectors and mount the level gauge to the starboard of the companion way stairs. I will let you know how it works out.

Systems / Electrical cord CSY 44 WO
« on: June 09, 2009, 11:37:55 AM »
recently I was asked what the best project I had done on my boat and I responded - added a retractable electric cord. Since I am always working on something on the boat I got tired of hauling out and putting away the electrical cord so I installed a retractable electric cord to make preping and cleaning up after each project more manageable.

I mounted the cord inside the port locker in the cockpit above the pantry. I also ran 110V into this area and put in a plug to plug in the retractable electric cord (of course it is ground fault protected). The magic about this location is that (in my boat) there is an opening in the corner of the galley above the trash bin. Now I just reach up in there and grab the electrical cord and pull it out. It knocks off 5 minutes from each project.

A couple of specifics:
I bought the retractable electric cord from Harbor Freight
Make sure you cover the edge of the fiberglass on the opening with something as it is sharp and will cut you / the cord. I used the spine off of one of those clear binders that hold 10 or so pages. These are the ones that you put the papers into the plastic and then slide the binder spine over the edge.
When not in use I tuck the end of the cord up into the space so it is not hanging an inch or two down.

Project is easy and took about an hour.

Systems / Water Tank Level Gauge
« on: June 04, 2009, 10:07:38 PM »
I have seen a CSY level gauge that is mounted to the starboard side of the companion way stairs. It appears to be two clear tubes that show the level in the tanks. Can anyone give me a description of how this works? Also, does anyone know where I can purchase one of these level gauges?

Systems / Refrigeration.. How to recharge Adler Barbour Cold Machine
« on: June 02, 2009, 10:23:38 PM »
Harbor Freight sells refrigeration gauges and an evacuation pump (it works with your air compressor). I would suggest tightening the connections slightly, add a little refrigerant, check for bubbles, and see if it works before evacuating the system and weighing the load. Remember the marine refrigeration systems don't take a lot of refrigerant so losing a little will have a big impact.

If it does not work then you can buy the tools and do the complete job.

Hull and Rig / Staysail Questions
« on: June 02, 2009, 09:06:16 PM »
I love the stay sail with the boom. I often day sail with that and the main. When using the autopilot I can tack the boat by pushing two buttons. Anyone have Gray Poupon?

This is what I have found works (NOTE - I AM NOT A REFRIGERATION EXPERT!!!)

Tighten all of the connections on the refrigeration lines, Start the system, put a little refrigeration in the system (maybe a second or two), wait five minutes and feel the evaporation plate, if it is cold let it run for @ an hour, if not shoot a little more refrigerant into the system. Your goal should be the entire plate gets cold and @ 4" of the line can be iced. Just keep adding refrigerant @ 1 hour increments until the system is working. You can 'bubble' the connections to see if you have a leak. Most likely the pump quit and you over pressured the system thus losing a little refrigerant.

I am sure there are people with more expertise on this forum.

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