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Re: Furuno GPS Navigator GP-90

Oliver Henrichsen, SV Vela Nautica
 

Thanks to all,

I will try to poste some fotos when I replace the battery. 

Does anybody know if there is a second battery in the GPS antenna?

Some antennas got integrated buffer batteries to gain faster reconnection.

Did Furuno use this kind of buffered antennas?

Oliver from Vela Nautica Amel54#39 
Martinique 


On Wed, May 6, 2020, 17:25 CW Bill Rouse <brouse@...> wrote:
Oliver, if the GP90 is the same as the GP80 (I believe it is) the battery is soldered in place. Yes, I know! And I was only able to find one through a Furuno dealer about 3 years ago. This may have changed.

I have forgotten exactly where the battery is located, but it is obvious when you open the GPS. I do not remember if there were any markings on the battery.

Hopefully, someone else can add to this.


CW Bill Rouse Amel Owners Yacht School
Address: 720 Winnie, Galveston Island, Texas 77550 
View My Training Calendar


On Wed, May 6, 2020 at 11:09 AM Oliver Henrichsen, SV Vela Nautica <oliver.henrichsen@...> wrote:
Hello,

As I get the startup error message

Internal Battery = NG

And experiance frequent (very short for a second) error messages with anoying beep.

I like to change the battery. 

Does anybody know:

1. What Type of Battery? 

2. Location of Battery? 

Any help apreciated. 

Thanks 

Oliver from Vela Nautica Amel54 #39 
Martinique 


Re: Furuno GPS Navigator GP-90

Alan Leslie
 

The battery is soldered in
It is a pain
But it IS doable
I've done it
Cheers
Alan
Elyse SM437


Re: Furuno GPS Navigator GP-90

 

Oliver, if the GP90 is the same as the GP80 (I believe it is) the battery is soldered in place. Yes, I know! And I was only able to find one through a Furuno dealer about 3 years ago. This may have changed.

I have forgotten exactly where the battery is located, but it is obvious when you open the GPS. I do not remember if there were any markings on the battery.

Hopefully, someone else can add to this.


CW Bill Rouse Amel Owners Yacht School
Address: 720 Winnie, Galveston Island, Texas 77550 
View My Training Calendar


On Wed, May 6, 2020 at 11:09 AM Oliver Henrichsen, SV Vela Nautica <oliver.henrichsen@...> wrote:
Hello,

As I get the startup error message

Internal Battery = NG

And experiance frequent (very short for a second) error messages with anoying beep.

I like to change the battery. 

Does anybody know:

1. What Type of Battery? 

2. Location of Battery? 

Any help apreciated. 

Thanks 

Oliver from Vela Nautica Amel54 #39 
Martinique 


Re: Parasailor on A54

Joerg Esdorn
 

Wow, Scott, quite the setup.  Certainty an interesting solution to use the pole to prevent the swinging if there is significant swell.  The much simpler alternative is the ATN Tacker over the furled up Genoa.   https://www.atninc.com/atn-tacker-sailing-equipment.shtml.    You can use that alternative for a few miles, yours for hundreds of miles.  I think the Tacker  makes the sail even more stable than your Solution since it fixes the tack of the sail at the forestay. Cheers. Joerg 

Joerg Esdorn
A55 Kincsem
Sheltered in Vigo, Spain


Re: Insurance Companies

Teun BAAS
 

Update & final outcome on my insurance hassle:

 

Agent 6 came back and informed he could NOT help because my boat was not SPAIN based.

 

In total 2 of the 7 Forum recommended agents came back with exactly the same GERMAN insurer policy, premium etc. as my South Pacific agent had proposed earlier. This GERMAN carrier included a mandatory Dutch 21% Insurance tax while the boat is not in Dutch/EU waters. Prime example of Dutch greediness/extortion.

 

This (only) insurer was also not willing to give a “hard storage only” cover while I was willing to prepay for a regular 1 year sailing cover to be activated once she goes back in the water.

 

One of the 2 Forum agents was willing to give 5% discount out of his commission which I rejected as I am not nickel & diming over somebody’s livelihood and my current agent has always done a great & professional job.

 

So this issue is behind me for ONE YEAR but I am sure this will not get any better.

 

Best Regards Teun

SV AMELIT  A54  #128

 

COOMERA (near BRISBANE) QLD AUSTRALIA

May 6, 2020 09:58:20

 

USA cell: +1 832 477 8842

AUSTRALIA cell: +61 5951 8909

 

You can follow AMELIT via this link: https://forecast.predictwind.com/tracking/display/AMELIT

 

From: Teun BAAS
Sent: Friday, May 1, 2020 11:22
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: RE: [AmelYachtOwners] Insurance Companies

 

Hi Mark,

 

Really appreciate your and the other members help on this.

 

Yes Sir – all of these are part of the 6 or 7 I approached.

 

Y-Yacht Niki: reason 1 and 5 on my list

The Marina Shop – still waiting but informed me I needed new rigging

Gowrie – the RI agent reason #7 and the FL agent reason #3 and #4 but she is now working on this again.

 

Top Sail is the ONLY one coming back with a proposal which I am currently discussing as I would like to have additional hard storage coverage as long as I am not back to the boat (might be for another 4 to 6 months). BTW a very, very fair proposal and only requiring a rigging survey which is fine with me.

 

Best Regards Teun

SV AMELIT  A54  #128

 

COOMERA (near BRISBANE) QLD AUSTRALIA

May 1, 2020 11:20:17

 

USA cell: +1 832 477 8842

AUSTRALIA cell: +61 5951 8909

 

You can follow AMELIT via this link: https://forecast.predictwind.com/tracking/display/AMELIT

 

 

 

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io> On Behalf Of Mark Erdos via groups.io
Sent: Friday, May 1, 2020 11:11
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] Insurance Companies

 

Teun,

 

Have you tried:

 

Y-Yacht (UK – EU)- http://www.yyachtinsurance.com/

The Marina Shop (NZ) - https://www.marine-insurance.co.nz/

Top Sail (UK) - https://www.topsailinsurance.com (10% discount for OCC members)

Growrie (USA) - https://gowrie.com/Marine-Insurance/JacklineProgram.aspx

 

All of these have good reputations and will write a policy for international blue water sailors.  

 

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Tahiti, French Polynesia

www.creampuff.us

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io [mailto:main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io] On Behalf Of Teun BAAS
Sent: Friday, May 1, 2020 7:21 AM
To:
main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Additional ZOOM Meetings #ZOOM

 

Bill,

 

I think that insurance is a very big issue. I have now approached 6 to 7 agents/companies mentioned on our AYOG Forum and get very conflicting reasons of not willing to write insurance, like:

 

  1. You are USA citizen (although I pointed out several times I am NOT – I am a DUTCH citizen).
  2. But you do have a USA address (correct but I can give you legal non-USA addresses)
  3. You are NOT a USA citizen or resident (I am a LEGAL USA resident since 1986 and just had my green card renewed in February for 10 years) and this policy is specifically for USA citizens and/or residents and/or boats and/or ….
  4. You don’t have a USA address (YES I do – pls see the application)
  5. We don’t cover your navigational limits (AUSTRALIA etc.)

 

In talking to agents recommended via our AYOG forum I realize few of them remember/recognize the AMEL specific 6 or 7 watertight compartments so they tell me I need additional pumps on board; our overbuild rigging etc. etc.; and tell me I need to renew my rigging (just surveyed in December 2019 in COOMERA) because it is now 10 years old.

 

In all honesty: agency on #3 and #4 is now looking at this again after I wrote back I was a USA resident and had a USA address she replied she was going to look into this.

 

I know I am not the only AMEL owner having this problem – another member mentioned on the forum maybe looking at organizing our own group insurance (maybe via LLOYDS ?? they are used to write unusual policies)

 

Best Regards Teun

SV AMELIT  A54  #128

 

COOMERA (near BRISBANE) QLD AUSTRALIA

May 1, 2020 10:02:02

 

USA cell: +1 832 477 8842

AUSTRALIA cell: +61 5951 8909

 

You can follow AMELIT via this link: https://forecast.predictwind.com/tracking/display/AMELIT

 

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io> On Behalf Of CW Bill Rouse via groups.io
Sent: Friday, May 1, 2020 08:46
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: [Special] [AmelYachtOwners] Additional ZOOM Meetings #ZOOM

 

All,

The most common suggestion that I have received regarding the ZOOM meetings is to have expert guest speakers on subjects that are of interest to most of the members. I have contacted people I know, respect, and consider experts. I am awaiting replies from experts on:

Sails

Refrigeration 

Standing Rigging
Dessalator

Lithium Solutions
I also asked Antoine RIOTON from Amel to do a presentation on the Amel 50/60

Another suggestion I had was to find an "...Insurance Adjuster, whose role it is to be the interpreter of the policy, protecting only the insurance company in order to minimize liability and expenses.  This expert is the one we need to come and talk to us about insurance and how to get the best policy for the most reasonable price." I am aware of public marine insurance adjusters in Florida but have no direct knowledge of any of these.

Comments welcome.

I will keep you informed.
--

 

Best,

 

CW Bill Rouse
Amel Owners Yacht School
720 Winnie St
Galveston Island, TX 77550
+1(832) 380-4970

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Re: Furuno GPS Navigator GP-90

Petaris
 

Hello,


On page 9-2 it has this about the battery:

image.png

It looks like it is not meant to be user replaceable however it may be possible.

CR2450-F2ST2L is a CR2450 button cell battery, 3v Lithium.  It will be easy to get the battery but replacement could be a pain if it was soldiered in.

I hope this helps!

- Justin

Hopeful future owner of an AMEL SM or SM2k



On Wed, May 6, 2020 at 11:09 AM Oliver Henrichsen, SV Vela Nautica <oliver.henrichsen@...> wrote:
Hello,

As I get the startup error message

Internal Battery = NG

And experiance frequent (very short for a second) error messages with anoying beep.

I like to change the battery. 

Does anybody know:

1. What Type of Battery? 

2. Location of Battery? 

Any help apreciated. 

Thanks 

Oliver from Vela Nautica Amel54 #39 
Martinique 



--
Justin Paulsen
IT Professional

"The world is open, are you?"


Furuno GPS Navigator GP-90

Oliver Henrichsen, SV Vela Nautica
 

Hello,

As I get the startup error message

Internal Battery = NG

And experiance frequent (very short for a second) error messages with anoying beep.

I like to change the battery. 

Does anybody know:

1. What Type of Battery? 

2. Location of Battery? 

Any help apreciated. 

Thanks 

Oliver from Vela Nautica Amel54 #39 
Martinique 


Re: AMEL OLDER MARAMU AFT BERTH CONVERSION

mr_hermanns
 

We’ve got hull 105, i converted the vanity into a cabinet and then constructed a small wooden piece to nest in between. 

Vanity conversion: https://svcerulean.com/2013/03/25/aft-cabin-vanity-conversion/

Then simply had my upholstery guy make up a new insert piece.

Pretty easy IMHO....i’ll head to the boat this week and grab a photo of the board and support leg it needs.

--
Jeremy Hermanns - "Jer"
SVCerulean.com
Maramu #105
Marina Del Rey, CA


Re: Top loading galley fridge/freezer used as a fridge: No?

Oliver Henrichsen, SV Vela Nautica
 

Hello,

You will find the video on our YouTube channel, look for SV Vela Nautica. 

The water in the old isolation you saw around the pvc pipe was, what was left after 9 month of drying. So the water that once entered the old isolation more or less stays in there. 

After remouving the old isolation:

1.
I build an outer layer with floorjet, kind of bitumen/aluminium sandwith foil compleatly humidity proof. This protects the insulation against kondensating humidity from outside. All seams are sealed with butyl tape, that stays flexible and tacky also in very low temperatures.

2. We placed the new insulation in this pocket. 

3. Last we placed the stainless basin back and sealed it to the outer floorjet hull with butyl tape. 

4. The insulation around the hole for the cooling tubes is also sealed with fat butyl tape. And because this point is a weakness and kondensation tends to build up around the cooling tubes, I placed 10cm polyurethane foam under the freezer and blew expanding foam along the tubings. Dont cut this foam. The surface is waterpoof as long as its not cut. 

5. Its worth to place a waterproof DS18b20 temperatur sensor along with the tubes, so you can install a more modern temperature controll later. 


Oliver from Vela Nautica Amel54 #39 
Martinique 


On Tue, May 5, 2020, 15:21 Teun BAAS <teun@...> wrote:

Oliver,

 

I can NOT find the video Scott mentions in below Email. Can you send it again or direct me where I can find it.

 

Thanks.

 

Best Regards Teun

SV AMELIT  A54  #128

 

Currently on the hard in COOMERA (near BRISBANE) QLD AUSTRALIA

May 5, 2020 12:21:17

 

USA cell: +1 832 477 8842

AUSTRALIA cell: +61 5951 8909

 

You can follow AMELIT via this link: https://forecast.predictwind.com/tracking/display/AMELIT

 

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io> On Behalf Of Scott SV Tengah via groups.io
Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2020 01:42
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Top loading galley fridge/freezer used as a fridge: No?

 

Oliver,

Just watched your video - that insulation replacement seems like a big job! But the results seem to make it worth it?

One question for you about the big hole on the bottom for the compressor lines: did you fill that big hole in with something? Otherwise it would seem that all of the cold air would flow out of it.

--
Scott 
2007 A54 #69
SV Tengah
http://www.svtengah.com


Re: OPACMARE gangway not rotating

luvkante
 

Thank you Scott, but they`re ok!

Martin
AMEL54 #149 „CHIARA“ 


Re: Washing Machine and 50 htz

Scott SV Tengah
 

Mohammad,

I would start with the forums. I don't think he will help you design a system as they will just send you to a distributor. My questions were sent after I designed/installed everything and therefore I had very specific, detailed questions of a semi-technical nature that distributors couldn't answer.

He responds on the forums as do other Victron employees. 

--
Scott 
2007 A54 #69
SV Tengah
http://www.svtengah.com


Re: Top loading galley fridge/freezer used as a fridge: No?

Scott SV Tengah
 

It's on Youtube - Vela Nautica. One of their first videos.
--
Scott 
2007 A54 #69
SV Tengah
http://www.svtengah.com


Re: OPACMARE gangway not rotating

Scott SV Tengah
 

To be the voice of hope - perhaps you can check the sensors.

Our sensor wire was damaged and therefore would not operate on one axis. That said, by engaging the valve with a screwdriver enabled me to operate it hydraulically. Replacing the sensor fixed the problem. Amel has them.

--
Scott 
2007 A54 #69
SV Tengah
http://www.svtengah.com


Re: Parasailor on A54

Scott SV Tengah
 

On our recent 31 day passage, we had plenty of time to play with the Parasailor and I believe I have figured out a way to rig it up without anything more than three blocks and a few soft shackles.

See attached photos.

There is no chafing now. I learned how to make dyneema soft shackles and made about 10 of them. They’re super easy to make and very useful to have aboard.
 
Here’s how we set up the bow and windward downguy
 
First block is attached via a soft shackle to the soft shackle that is on our Bamar EJF-1 curler. The windward downguy goes from the Parasailor tack/windward clew first to this block. This prevents the downguy from going too far forward and rubbing on the bow seat. 
 
Second block is connected via two soft shackles to those “horns” that are on the bow roller. Windward downguy then goes through this block. On our A54 #69, the horns are like downward facing hooks, but there is a small closed loop where I attached the 5mm soft shackles. I was worried 5mm would be a bit small but breaking strength should be 3000kg and I flew the Parasailor for, I think, 10 total days on this passage in up to 30 knots true without any issues. I believe the sail will rip before the soft shackle.
 
Third block is attached to the second cleat aft from the bow. The windward downguy then goes through this block and continues to the staysail track back to the secondary winch. 

The rest of the lines:

The windward sheet goes through the pole, which is set at nearly Genoa clew height (far forward) and is only tightened enough to prevent the Parasailor from swinging too far to leeward. We tried to run it without the pole but it doesn't seem to work that well - too much lateral motion.
 
Leeward sheet goes directly to the leeward Genoa track and then Genoa block then primary winch. 
 
We started out hating the sail, but now we wouldn’t want to do a double handed light wind circumnavigation without it. We have flown it nearly DDW in 10 knots true (5kts SOG, 5 kts apparent) and also flown it in 30+ knots true (9+ SOG and 20-25 apparent). It can fly from 80 apparent to DDW. This range makes the slightly cumbersome setup worth it. Additionally, the rolling is reduced DRAMATICALLY and there is almost none of the luffing/slamming you get with the wing-on-wing setup.
 
One additional tip is that I put a soft shackle with a metal ring (snatch block would be better) on the life rail, around the location of the forward cleat. The snuffer line runs here and then back to the mast winches. I don’t winch it down for fear of ripping the sail, but simply put a few wraps on the winch. The angle that this creates in the snuffer line makes it much easier to snuff the sail in higher winds.

Hope this helps.
 
--
Scott 
2007 A54 #69
SV Tengah
http://www.svtengah.com


Re: Washing Machine and 50 htz

Mohammad Shirloo
 

Hi Teun;

 

Can you please forward your Victron Contact if you think they would be helpful in design and selection.

 

Happy Sailing;

 

 

Mohammad and Aty

B&B Kokomo

AMEL 54 #099

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io> On Behalf Of Scott SV Tengah via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, May 05, 2020 12:47 PM
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Washing Machine and 50 htz

 

Teun,

You're using the VEConfig software to adjust the inverter low voltage cutoff? I have successfully changed that on the Inverter tab "DC input low shut-down". Then you have to "Send Settings" to the Quattro otherwise it won't save them.

If you are still having problems, I have a contact with Victron that is quite responsive. Maybe Dutch people don't like other Dutch people? ;) We've had over 30 emails back and forth. FYI he suggested 20v as the input low voltage cutoff and 21.5v as the input low restart.

Additionally, try here. This may be even better. They're almost as helpful as the AYOG :)

https://community.victronenergy.com/index.html
--
Scott 
2007 A54 #69
SV Tengah
http://www.svtengah.com


Re: Washing Machine and 50 htz

Mohammad Shirloo
 

Hi Scott;

 

Thanks for the very timely and helpful update on your experience with the conversion. We are currently in the beginning stages of the design and all of this information is extremely helpful.

 

Happy Sailing;

 

 

Mohammad and Aty

B&B Kokomo

AMEL 54 #099

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io> On Behalf Of Scott SV Tengah via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, May 05, 2020 12:39 PM
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Washing Machine and 50 htz

 

As many of you know, I've been running lithium for 18 months full-time now, mostly in the tropics. We have 960w solar on the arch. We considered the Quattro 8k and decided not to for a few reasons:

1) The 5k barely fit. See attached photo. The 8k is 50% heavier at 45kg.
https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/groupsioattachments/29189/33126257/47890/0?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAJECNKOVMCCU3ATNQ&Expires=1588706340&Signature=FwI3DgnIE%2FEbyKAFUU1yWCrzB9g%3D&response-content-disposition=inline%3B+filename%3D%2220190907_103355.jpg%22

2) I have run it for 18 months now with the vast majority of the time in tropical heat. The admiral has been known to run the boiler, microwave and toaster at the same time. That is nearly 5000 watts total, around 200amps. We have never had issues with power tapering. This is a rare load and even when you have it, it won't be for too long. Additionally, the engine room is often not that hot at anchor, given we don't run the generator often and the surrounding sea (25-28c on average in the tropics) cools the room quickly. We've even figured out how to run the scuba compressor on inverter.

3) The 5k has 30w no-load power consumption. The 8k has 60w no-load power consumption. 30w/25.6v = 28.125 additional amp hours per day for having the 8k over the 5k. Given my 960w solar arch produces about 200-250AH per day, choosing the bigger inverter means 10% of the daily solar output is "wasted" just to keep the 8k turned on. That said, I've figured out how to put in a simple switch to turn off/on the generator without having to run the Phoenix panel, which consumes power. But even then, you're still burning over 2.3 amps just keeping the 8k on.

See #50689  

In fact, I tweaked the jumper settings in the amel installed MasterVolt 800w inverter (under the chart table) to reduce no-load consumption (5w now) and try to run it whenever I need to use less than 800w.

4) The 5k requires TWO PAIRS of 50mm^2 wires for a 0-5m run. The 8k requires TWO PAIRS of 70mm^2 wires for the same run. I can't recall the exact specs for the original Amel installed wires, but we couldn't use them (we had Dolphin 100amp and 40amp chargers) as they were too small for even the 5k. We ended up using the Dolphin 100amp charger wires to connect the second charger (Victron Skylla-i 80amp) For us, we had to break out the epoxy between the passage and the engine room. It's actually not that hard - you can do all of it from the passage. Just remember to reseal it.

I admire your goal of trying to minimize genset usage. We've focused on the same as we're not-so-closet environmentalists and since installation of all the parts, have focused on reducing the "background drain". On the Atlantic crossing we ran the genset 60-90 minutes a day, with both the 120amp Quattro and the 80 amp skylla chargers running. On our recent Panama-Hawaii 4848nm unplanned passage (thanks coronavirus!) we ran it 45 minutes every 2nd day. That was all from optimizing consumption.

The little things add up.

--
Scott 
2007 A54 #69
SV Tengah
http://www.svtengah.com


Re: Washing Machine and 50 htz

Scott SV Tengah
 

Teun,

You're using the VEConfig software to adjust the inverter low voltage cutoff? I have successfully changed that on the Inverter tab "DC input low shut-down". Then you have to "Send Settings" to the Quattro otherwise it won't save them.

If you are still having problems, I have a contact with Victron that is quite responsive. Maybe Dutch people don't like other Dutch people? ;) We've had over 30 emails back and forth. FYI he suggested 20v as the input low voltage cutoff and 21.5v as the input low restart.

Additionally, try here. This may be even better. They're almost as helpful as the AYOG :)

https://community.victronenergy.com/index.html
--
Scott 
2007 A54 #69
SV Tengah
http://www.svtengah.com


Re: Washing Machine and 50 htz

Scott SV Tengah
 
Edited

As many of you know, I've been running lithium for 18 months full-time now, mostly in the tropics. We have 960w solar on the arch. We considered the Quattro 8k and decided not to for a few reasons:

1) The 5k barely fit. See attached photo. The 8k is 50% heavier at 45kg.
https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/groupsioattachments/29189/33126257/47890/0?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAJECNKOVMCCU3ATNQ&Expires=1588706340&Signature=FwI3DgnIE%2FEbyKAFUU1yWCrzB9g%3D&response-content-disposition=inline%3B+filename%3D%2220190907_103355.jpg%22

2) I have run it for 18 months now with the vast majority of the time in tropical heat. The admiral has been known to run the boiler, microwave and toaster at the same time. That is nearly 5000 watts total, around 200amps. We have never had issues with power tapering. This is a rare load and even when you have it, it won't be for too long. Additionally, the engine room is often not that hot at anchor, given we don't run the generator often and the surrounding sea (25-28c on average in the tropics) cools the room quickly. We've even figured out how to run the scuba compressor on inverter.

3) The 5k has 30w no-load power consumption. The 8k has 60w no-load power consumption. 30w/25.6v = 28.125 additional amp hours per day for having the 8k over the 5k. Given my 960w solar arch produces about 200-250AH per day, choosing the bigger inverter means 10% of the daily solar output is "wasted" just to keep the 8k turned on. That said, I've figured out how to put in a simple switch to turn off/on the inverter without having to run the Phoenix panel, which consumes power. But even then, you're still burning over 2.3 amps just keeping the 8k on.

See #50689  

In fact, I tweaked the jumper settings in the amel installed MasterVolt 800w inverter (under the chart table) to reduce no-load consumption (5w now) and try to run it whenever I need to use less than 800w.

4) The 5k requires TWO PAIRS of 50mm^2 wires for a 0-5m run. The 8k requires TWO PAIRS of 70mm^2 wires for the same run. I can't recall the exact specs for the original Amel installed wires, but we couldn't use them (we had Dolphin 100amp and 40amp chargers) as they were too small for even the 5k. We ended up using the Dolphin 100amp charger wires to connect the second charger (Victron Skylla-i 80amp) For us, we had to break out the epoxy between the passage and the engine room. It's actually not that hard - you can do all of it from the passage. Just remember to reseal it.

I admire your goal of trying to minimize genset usage. We've focused on the same as we're not-so-closet environmentalists and since installation of all the parts, have focused on reducing the "background drain". On the Atlantic crossing we ran the genset 60-90 minutes a day, with both the 120amp Quattro and the 80 amp skylla chargers running. On our recent Panama-Hawaii 4848nm unplanned passage (thanks coronavirus!) we ran it 45 minutes every 2nd day. That was all from optimizing consumption.

The little things add up.

--
Scott 
2007 A54 #69
SV Tengah
http://www.svtengah.com


Re: Top loading galley fridge/freezer used as a fridge: No?

Teun BAAS
 

Oliver,

 

I can NOT find the video Scott mentions in below Email. Can you send it again or direct me where I can find it.

 

Thanks.

 

Best Regards Teun

SV AMELIT  A54  #128

 

Currently on the hard in COOMERA (near BRISBANE) QLD AUSTRALIA

May 5, 2020 12:21:17

 

USA cell: +1 832 477 8842

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From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io> On Behalf Of Scott SV Tengah via groups.io
Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2020 01:42
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Top loading galley fridge/freezer used as a fridge: No?

 

Oliver,

Just watched your video - that insulation replacement seems like a big job! But the results seem to make it worth it?

One question for you about the big hole on the bottom for the compressor lines: did you fill that big hole in with something? Otherwise it would seem that all of the cold air would flow out of it.

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Scott 
2007 A54 #69
SV Tengah
http://www.svtengah.com


Re: Top loading galley fridge/freezer used as a fridge: No?

Scott SV Tengah
 

We've been drying the fridge out for a week now and a few drops of water STILL come out. It bubbles out at the interface of the PVC pipe where the condenser copper lines go down to the compressor and the stainless. I think that there is a bad seal between that PVC pipe and the stainless box.

Oliver's video showed very wet insulation there so I don't think my problem is isolated. 

Further, I was getting water buildup in the bilge under the sink. Since turning off this galley top loading fridge, I no longer get water buildup. I surmise I may need to replace my insulation and reseal the connection between the PVC pipe and the stainless box. Perhaps even replace the PVC with a stainless tube that is welded in?

Oliver - did you do anything to improve the seal between the PVC and the stainless box?

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Scott 
2007 A54 #69
SV Tengah
http://www.svtengah.com