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View the latest post Charger not charging batteries when on Generator


This is a head scratcher for me, 1985 3607 aft cabin , with a 30 amp Newmar charger. When connected to shore power the charger functions nornally putting out roughly 10 amps DC into the batteries. Gradually reducing to zero as the bank charge goes up over 13 volts. When I disconnect from shore power and start the generator - There is 12 volts at the charger output ( measured with multimeter ) but zero amps going into the batteries. Stop generator and plug back into shore power - charging starts again. I ran the generator for 45 minutes and actually saw the availble volts go down from 12.2 to 12.1 in that timeframe. My first response is to replace the charger with something from this century but I would really like to understand the behaviour. Any thoughts from the forum ?????

Thanks in advance

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View the latest post Stalling after x length of run time


I had an odd thing happen yesterday and I could use some help troubleshooting it.

We took a 5 hour run north on the Mississippi last Monday. Speed was a constant 8mph roughly 1800 rpm. Ran the generator the entire trip. Arrived at the marina after about 5 hours with no issues or drama.

Yesterday we did the same run back down to our home marina after spending the week as transients. We topped off the port gas tank with 7 gallons of gas to balance the tanks since the generator runs off the port tank.

We pretty much idled through a no wake for the first 20 minutes, then popped up to 2100 rpm and took off down the river. Got about ten minutes into the run and the port motor died. Did some checks on it and things looked ok, not hot, oil pressure good, voltage good.
Fired it back up, sounded perfect. Throttled up to 1900 rpm and made it another half hour and it did the same thing.
The generator never shut off during all of this. Someone then suggested shutting that down in case it was drawing a lot of fuel from that tank.
Long story short, we would run about 45 minutes and then lose the port motor. Did that the entire ride back. I could start it almost instantly after it died. No cooling off required. I also took an ir gun into the engine compartment to see if anything was hot. Temps on the two fuel pumps were 97 and 101. Not hot. Risers were 114.

1995 355 Aft
Twin 454 xli Crusaders. Throttle body injected.

My first thought was vapor lock. The motor would die similar to when you pull the fuel line on a lawn mower to winterize it. It would slowly ramp down, not shut off instantly.
I ran the rest of the trip with the port gas cap off, which didn’t help.

I’m thinking maybe anti-siphon valve? Does that sound right?
Fwiw both of my motors have had their main fuel pumps replaced in the last two years. I have not replaced the little helper pump on either motor.
Fuel filters and water separators were also replaced this spring.

If it is the anti siphon valve, where is that on top of the tank? Is it easy to get to? Is it going to be stuck on there and a pita to remove? I can’t get down there until next Sunday so I want to be prepared for what i need to do for this project.
Is there anything else I can look for that would cause similar symptoms? I do plan to look at the fuel lines to see if any are soft and need replacing.

I have yet to use my aux tank. The PO claimed it was fine. I could fill that and run off that tank to see if it solves the problem. A little nervous to use it since I haven’t yet. Don’t want to find 25 gallons of gas in my swim platform!

Thanks for any help an advice

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View the latest post Fireboy manual cable


Hello all,
I was checking out the Fireboy fire suppression system on my 2003 356 and everything looks good, but I discovered that there is a cable attached to manually activate the system. The problem is that I cannot for the life of me find the control knob for that cable. I have looked everywhere. The cable routes from the extinguisher back to the aft port side of the engine compartment and then goes up somewhere. Anybody have any idea where the knob is located? It seems like it would be in a readily accessible location, but I’ve come up empty. Any ideas?

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View the latest post Generator


Kohler model 7.5, R27. Ran fine. Just shut down like it was turned off. Found blown cranking relay fuse. Replace fuse (3 times). Nothing. Now does not blow fuse, but nothing at either test position, or remote. Battery good. New solenoid.
Any ideas???

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View the latest post Shower Faucet


I have a 2002 410 Sport Sedan. The faucet in the Master Shower is leaking from the base. I have taken the faucet apart from the top and replaced the O Rings on the valves but it hasn't fixed the leak. The water shoots out between the base of the faucet and the counter top. I can't take the faucet out because its completely sealed within the counter top and there is no access underneath it? I would literally have to remove the entire top which is sealed and glued to the base. Does any body have a similar design and have any advice on how I can replace this faucet?

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View the latest post fender cleat


i have a 2008 Carver Mariner. there are 2 fender cleats at the steps going up. one of them broke but cannot figure out how to attach a new one. cannot get to it through the engine room. thoughts?

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View the latest post Wanted: Carver 4207 - Great Lakes area


Looking to buy a Carver 4207 (1986 - 1991) that is located within the Great Lakes.

Very motivated for this particular model, and ready to get to a quick close to enjoy the boat for the balance of the season with my family.

Thanks,
John

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View the latest post Streaming Netflix Tip


I busted our gig allotment for our LTE internet on the boat last month mainly due to Netflix with the grandson on board. Turns out you can change the parameters of the quality you want to receive which greatly reduces the amount of data used. I was at the best quality setting which can eat up to 7 gig/hour on full 4k. Lowered this down to the lowest setting which will only allow .3 gig/hour. On smaller TVs this is very acceptable video quality. Simply log into your account via computer or phone where this can be changed in the Account/Choose a profile/Playback settings. Will need to revert back once at home cause it will look like crap on an 80" screen. :-D

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View the latest post 370 voyager fresh water pump location?


I think that my 12-volt fresh water pump crapped out. Where on board would one typically find it installed on a 370 voyager?

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View the latest post Main breaker tripping


Hi, I just bought a Mariner 420 2004. The shore power cable is a 50amp 125v/250v cable. When I took possession of the boat it came with a 30amp 125v to 50amp 125.250v pigtail. With this cable everything on the boat is working fine. I can power shore 1 and shore 2 with it. Although we are tight on power when the 3 air conditioning systems are on and drawing power.

I bought a Reverse Y cable 2x30amp (shore side) to 1x50amp (boat side) - model marineco RY504-2-30. When I use this cable the main breaker on the boat trips immediately.

Any idea on why this would happen?

Thanks in advance for your help :)

Laurent

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