Saturday, June 11, 2011

Wiring, I can hook that up, there are only two wires!!

While the simple DC circuit is only two wires and they can be hooked up anywhere that I can find a "hot" wire and a "ground" right??  If only it were so simple, everything would be cherry.  The reality of the DC circuit is more involved than that.  Is the Battery positive and Battery negative a good source at that point?  Is there circuit protection for the wiring that you are about to tap into?  Does there need to be switched power?  Is the Battery negative able to complete the circuit?  With the age of many boats in the area, the wiring connections and connectors are coming to the age of Corrosion.  This is a wonderfully time consuming process of detection.  Connections hidden behind walls, panels and fly bridge brows.  Don't be fooled by just an easy two wire hookup.  Do some research first and make the right choice before risking the new device or your sanity for a simple wiring project.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Spring time chores

It is finally that time in the PNW spring is thinking about coming out of hiding.  The daffodils are in bloom in the Skagit Valley and the thoughts turn to the boating destinations of this summer. The amount of spring maintenance calls is incredible. 
Most of the calls that I receive this time of year have been on the "to do list" since last fall.  
I get the "I have a quick job for you" comment continuously.
 One of the last was come take a look at my engine, we are leaving for Alaska in the middle of the month.  After changing the belt, it was stretched to beyond its limit, and checking the exhaust hose run, I have now pulled the mixing elbow, and found many installation problems.  I still think their departure date is reasonable.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Running hotter than normal

If you have noticed that your engine is running a bit hotter than usual it may be time to check the heat exchanger.  I have had a run on heat exchanger services these past several months. 
Of course this may be a backlash from the lack of boating over the last several years.
It may also be that the heat exchanger is an easily overlooked piece of equipment. 
The calcium build-up is clogging the tubes of the exchanger and takes that tube out of the system to do any cooling of the coolant or oil.  Lose enough and you get overheating by lack of heat transfer, or raw water pump failure due to restriction in the raw water system.

If you think it has been a few seasons since the exchanger has been checked, CHECK IT !!!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

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