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View the latest post knocking noise when a/c runs


i have an 1987 4227 cockpit motor yacht. Recently started to hear a noise at the back of the boat on the starboard side only when then a/c is running. Sounds like a baffle has come loose. There is a cavity that is inaccessible. Both the starboard engine exhaust and a/c pump line lead to this cavity which is exactly where the noise comes from.
Any thoughts on what this issue is or possible solution would be greatly appreciated.

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View the latest post Solar panels


Just ordered our mppt controller. Epever Tracer BN series. Now , just gotta pull the plug on our panels. Going with a 300 watt system. Our problem is choice. Either 3 knock off panel of 110 watts each made with Sunpower cells,225$ tax in each, 3 Sunpower panels of 110 watts each ,249$ each plus tax, or, 1 Tesup panel 260 watts, $470. Anyone hear of Tesup? They are here in Canada. Any input would be great.
Thanks, Andrew

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View the latest post Spider Control


Yes there are spiders on boats and lots of them if not controlled. Rick recently posted his shopvac solution to eliminating spiders and figured it is a great topic so here we are.

let's hear your solution.

I have used several spray products over the years. When I leave the boat I lightly spray the dock lines and fenders in hopes of keeping the critters at bay. The trick is finding the right product. I came across it, called Bugtek. https://ca.binnacle.com/p13290/Bug-Tek- ... _info.html

Water based and once hit they die in seconds. My technique is to go out with my flashlight when it's dark as this is when they spin their webs and await their pray. A little shot of this stuff is all it takes. Along with treating deployed dock lines and fenders and spider hunting a couple of times at the beginning of the season, I normally remain entirely spider free for the rest of the season.

That being said, the spider issue is always outside. I have seen a spider once in a blue moon inside the boat but definitely not an issue.

A little about Bugtek. It is water based as mentioned, does not leave any trace after spraying anywhere including windows, gelcoat and canvas. Spray it on your hands and no residue or sticky feeling, just as if you sprayed water. Saw the product on demonstration several years back, salesman claims it is non toxic so he sprays it into his mouth and swallows. :-O I would never do that but I swear this is what he did. I use it quite often on plants around my home to control insects especially all the indoor plants. Great product. :down:

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View the latest post Need Advice: To-Be Owner of 85 Carver SantaCruz


Hi all! My husband and I looked at an ‘85 26’ Carver Santa Cruz today. I’m including the description below. We’re pretty excited to be first-time boat owners and were impressed with the boat and the current owner. We live in Bellingham, WA in the San Juan Islands and we’re itching for something to tool around the islands in. Summer is blissful here, and even more so on the islands.

I’m sure it gets tiring to hear from to-be boat owners on this forum asking for advice, but if anyone sees this and has any advice to offer, we’d love your input. The owner is INCREDIBLY motivated to sell and we think we can get it for $10K. We’re up for a challenge and adventure — and my husband as a former construction worker is very handy with technical equipment (we also have a travel trailer that he enjoys upkeeping), and we have the right truck and a big shop to store the boat in, but we just want to make sure we’re not biting off more than we can chew.

Thoughts? We’d really appreciate it! Thank you! We’d love to make a decision by Monday.

1985 26' Carver Santa Cruz - very clean, rebuilt motor, 290 Volvo duo prop drive out-drive - everything works as it should - new batteries, full tank of gas, hot water heater, shower, electric head, 3000 watt inverter, not much for electronics but has a Lowrance, GPS, depth finder. Also has fuel flow scan, electric Windlass anchor, Bimini top on fly bridge, fly bridge cover, Bimini for aft deck. As you can see in pictures - interior is in great shape, - comes with EZload bunk trailer - $15000 OBO -

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View the latest post Head Vent Filter


Question for the crew...
Does anyone out there ever change the head vent 'in-line' filter? Do they age and stop working?
When we flush... phew! The neighbors want to run away! Of course I treat chemically. I wonder if the filter stops working as it is 15 years old.
Also, I am getting smell from behind the refrigerator vent which is next to the galley port light which lives above the head vent. I changed out the rubber gasket around the window so I don't think the smell is from 'outside-in'.
Nothing below the salon in the holding tank area smells. The hatch providing access to the vacuum-flush area smells fine. Brian at Carver tells me there is a straight run with no joints going to vent thru hull. I am gonna pull the fridge and try to track down the source, but am scratching my head. (no pun intended!)
Any thoughts?

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View the latest post Switching Relay


My friend has a 97 Mariner and is looking to find where to replace the generator/ shore power switching relay is located. Can anyone be of any help??? Thanks in advance!

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View the latest post Spending The Night Aboard


It's another stormy Friday night aboard the boat. Supposed to be stormy most of the night but tomorrow is supposed to be a nice day. Plan to get the boat out on the waterway tomorrow at least for a couple of hours.

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View the latest post Water in the gas


Could someone please tell me the signs of water in the fuel?

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View the latest post Dock water supply


We have a new to us 2000 396. We hooked up to dockside water and have next to none, water pressure at faucets....did we miss something like an in/off valve? The PO’s never used the dockside water inlet.
Our previous boat had great water pressure with dockside water....at same marina.
Mary

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View the latest post House bank charging


We have a new to us 2000 396. The house batteries appear to have been depleted....no interior lights are working, they were on then dimmed over time and now nothing. All of this happened in the couple of hours it took me to purchase and then run the shore power cords.
Can someone tell me where the battery chargers are located...id like to get a look at them, their breaker switches are on....so one of them should be charging the house batteries should they?
The boat is so new to me that I’m wondering if it’s operator error, or bad batteries, or a bad charger....what do you all think? Thank you for any advice!
Mary

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