Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Sail furling solenoid
Andrew & Kate Lamb
Many thanks for this suggestion – I would hope the batteries are ok as they are only 18 months old, however I think it is worth checking and in any case it seems like a useful tool to add to the chest.
We are hoping to leave for the Balearics at the start of August, we have a mechanical solution for lifting the bow-thruster for now.
Hopefully not too many more problems before we leave!
Canet en Roussillion, France
From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Sunday, July 13, 2014 3:46 PM
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Sail furling solenoid
Sometimes, when it rains it pours!
Just a suggestion, when was the last time you had your batteries checked.
I believe that high-amp contacts like solenoids will burn themselves up with low power. Low power may have been a cause of your bow thruster problem. I think you should load test the batteries. I prefer a digital load tester. If you do not have one, you might consider one like this one:
(http://www.amazon.com/BA7-100-1200-Electronic-Battery-System/dp/B0015PI7A4)...it will pay for itself many times over the first time you need one. Many battery suppliers will use a digital tester with a printout. Most of the time they will do this service free, counting on you buying batteries from them.
Be sure that the battery terminals are completely disconnected when testing a battery, and that the tester's alligator clip has made good contact. Disconnect 1 pair of batteries at a time and test each of the pair separately.