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Re: Best location for solar panels

Paul Stascavage
 

Bill,

We had a cover made out of the Bimini material that goes over the clear window panels. This protects them from the elements and prevents the sun from cooking the cockpit occupants when we don’t need the added visibility. 


The clear panels are also removable. We are very happy with how it all came out. 

All the best,

Paul Stascavage 
S/V Rita Kathryn SM #466


RitaKathryn.com

Currently Cruising Bahamas


Re: Best location for solar panels

 

Paul, 

One more question. You added clear plastic looking forward to the bimini. What happened in the photo showing the panels on the top?

Best,

CW Bill Rouse 
Amel Owners Yacht School
+1 832-380-4970 | brouse@...
720 Winnie, Galveston Island, Texas 77550 
www.AmelOwnersYachtSchool.com 
Yacht School Calendar: www.preparetocastoff.blogspot.com/p/calendar.html


   


On Fri, Apr 24, 2020, 10:13 AM Paul Stascavage via groups.io <pstas2003=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hello Bill

i hope all is well. 


The brand of panel is SunPower and yes, 680 watts total. 


I located the panels that way to minimize curving and to leave some space for the possible addition of 2 smaller panels at some time in the future.

All the best,

Paul Stascavage 
S/V Rita Kathryn SM #466


RitaKathryn.com

Currently Cruising Bahamas


Re: Best location for solar panels

Paul Stascavage
 

Hello Bill

i hope all is well. 


The brand of panel is SunPower and yes, 680 watts total. 


I located the panels that way to minimize curving and to leave some space for the possible addition of 2 smaller panels at some time in the future.

All the best,

Paul Stascavage 
S/V Rita Kathryn SM #466


RitaKathryn.com

Currently Cruising Bahamas


Galley Stove Replacement #galley #stove

Dan Wilcox
 

It seems that upon close inspection, our 1991 Electrolux stove has finally given up.  I hear Force 10 has nice options.  Has anyone purchased one, and would you mind sharing the model?  

I do plan to swap over to a convection setup someday, but it will be a while until I switch over to Lithium and Solar.  We are only cruising in the Pacific Northwest for the next 10 years, so getting propane and having the extra heat in the cabin is not a problem.

Thanks, Dan Wilcox
Feierabend SM#86


Re: B&G LED Replacement

Mark & Debbie Mueller
 

POCHON may be a source (the electronics supplier for AMEL for more than 30years)  Contact is Stephane – stephane@... per Olivier

 

Repair Facility Ft. Lauderdale – Wheelhouse Mktg  954.229.0208  jake@...  per Bill Rouse also recommended by B&G

 

B&G repair or refurb,, Sarah Covey" <sarah@...> a/k/a Tinley Electronics.  Also recommended b Bill Rouse.

 

Hope one of these contacts can help.
--
Mark Mueller
Brass Ring  A54


Re: Best location for solar panels

 

Paul,

That looks great. I must have missed the brand of solar panel that you used. I read that each panel is rated at 170 watts or 340 for each pair, so I assume that your total solar is 680. I was wondering why the forward pair are not spread apart in the middle?

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


On Fri, Apr 24, 2020 at 8:08 AM Paul Stascavage via groups.io <pstas2003=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
We recently added 680 watts to our new Bimini top. We are very happy with the installation and the output. 

Photos and details are here


All the Best,

Paul Stascavage 
S/V Rita Kathryn  SM #466

RitaKathryn.com

Currently Cruising Bahamas 


Re: Engine room hatch repair

Paul Stascavage
 

Steve

Could you send me a set of those repair photos as well?

Paul dot Stascavage at icloud dot com

Thanks

All the Best,

Paul Stascavage
S/V Rita Kathryn SM #466

RitaKathryn.com

Currently Cruising Bahamas


Re: Best location for solar panels

Paul Stascavage
 

We recently added 680 watts to our new Bimini top. We are very happy with the installation and the output. 

Photos and details are here


All the Best,

Paul Stascavage 
S/V Rita Kathryn  SM #466

RitaKathryn.com

Currently Cruising Bahamas 


Re: Leece -Neville Alternator external regulator install

Dan Carlson
 

Kevin, I used the same shunt as the Victron BMV712.  The shunt creates a voltage potential difference across it as current changes. Multiple devices can read this potential difference without significant change in the resulting measurement.  You need about 40-50 feet of  four strand, 16 gauge wire to get from the back of the engine room up behind the helm station and instruments and they the conduit into the passagway and then back down to the battery box for the wires that provide the WS with voltage and current.  The voltage needs to come directly from the batteries not from the alternator. I am getting both the current and then battery voltage at the shunt.   The WS 500 comes with good supporting documentation.  It's worth making sure you read through it all.

Oliver, I had read your too about using the old regulator as a cap, and it was my plan. However, I was not quite right in planning how I brought the wires out of the cap covering the brushes and they interfere with the putting themold regulator back on.  I did preserve the ability to rewire the old regulator back on if necessary.


Best regards, Daniel Carlson on sv BeBe,SM #387, currently in Les Saintes





On Thu, Apr 23, 2020, 5:25 PM Kevin Fox via groups.io <foxkm=protonmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Dan - Thanks very much for your detailed response and photo.  I appreciate your help.  I hadn't considered the Sterling alternator protector as we don't (yet) have LiFePO4 batteries, but installing one now wouldn't hurt.  I worry about one of us trying to stop the Yanmar with the ignition key switch and damaging the alternator.

Do you use a current shunt with the WS500 or is it only monitoring voltage?  We have a Victron BMV-700.  I don't know whether the shunt for the battery monitor could be shared with the regulator (haven't looked into it).

Oliver - Thank you for your suggestion regarding using the old regulator as a protective cover.  I will heed your advice.

--
Kevin Fox and Family
SM404 Rascal
Currently berthed in Charleston, SC


Re: Membrane Tube end caps

hanspeter baettig
 

Thanks Arno

I‘m on ancor in the lagoon, Nettle Bay. I know Ile Marine very good . Florian the shop manager is a friend of me and he likes very much my swiss chess fondue 😅
I shall pass by you to say hello in the next days when I go shopping at Super U in Marigot

Regards
Hanspeter
Tamango 2
SN 16
St. Martin
------ Original Nachricht
------



Am Donnerstag, 23. Apr, 2020 um 16:29, Arno Luijten schrieb:

Hi Hanspeter,

I'm quite close to you, in the Fort Louis Marina. Be advised you are not allowed to go to the Dutch side. Yesterday they even had an incident with someone trying to cross the border. Not the best way to make the local newspaper...

Also be advised that Ile Marine on the French side is the "official" Desalator dealer for St. Martin/St. MAarten. Electec does have spare membranes in stock most of the time, but no other parts that suit Desalator. Ile marine does carry some parts for Desalator but not all.

Ile Marine is at the Sandy Grounds Bridge behind the fuel-dock.

Regards,

Arno Luijten
SV Luna,
A54-121


Re: Sail Plan - Super Maramu

Stefan and Anne Deerberg
 

Hi Barry and Robyn!

May be this helps?

All the best 

Stefan and Anne
SV Voyageur 
SM 373, Martinique 


Sail Plan - Super Maramu

seagasm
 

I have been asked by a rigger Colin Quin, for a Sail Plan and a rigging sequence. Can anyone assist please? Thank you.

Barry & Robyn
Tradewinds III SM# 171


Re: Best location for solar panels

Alin SM 283
 

Thank you all for your help, ideas, videos and valuable advice. It is great to have the luxury to learn from others without doing mistakes and waste money. Thank you! I am in between rail mounting and bimini top mounting. Aiming for 400-500w hopefully...

On Friday, 24 April 2020, 09:16:53 am NZST, Alin SM 283 via groups.io <sv.wanderer@...> wrote:


Thank you. Where on the deck area do they think to mount them?

On Thursday, 23 April 2020, 05:49:35 pm NZST, Mohammad Shirloo <mshirloo@...> wrote:


Hi Alin;

 

We have also looked for a while for a solution that does not include the Arch. We also intend on switching to Lithium batteries when our current Gel setup needs replacing in 2-3 years. So, we are making all upgrades that become necessary prior to the installation of the lithiums,. Our design concept is one that will be installed in stages but engineered for the final design. For example, our inverter gave out last season, so we are looking at installing the Victron 8000/220A Inverter/charger.

 

After many years of looking and analyzing, we have almost settled on a hardtop over the cockpit area. Solbian factory has designed the max wattage for the area, design, shading, etc. and has come up with about 900 Watts of deck mounted, flexible and walk on cells.

 

Our calculations show that after completion of the final concept and installation of the lithium batteries, we should be able to run the entire 24V and 220V systems on board (Not Simultaneously) on batteries and depending on sun conditions, minimal generator usage. We currently do not have solar and we have to run the generator twice per day at anchor.

 

This is a more costly approach than the Arch, but like you, we like the lines of 54 and wanted a complementary design that did not take away from her sleek lines.

 

Happy Sailing;

 

 

Mohammad and Aty

B&B Kokomo

AMEL 54 #099

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io> On Behalf Of Alin SM 283 via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 9:43 PM
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] Best location for solar panels

 

Hi guys.
I know this subject must have been discussed before, I do not mind if you point me out to the right direction.
Anyway, I am seriously thinking solar panels for my Super Maramu.
The goal is to be able to at least run the fridges and sails and to minimize the use of the generator but I do not want to have an arch and do not one have Wanderer looking like a Xmas tree. I guess a little guidance to a minimum of power I should consider would be great
I really love the shape of my boat and the uncluttered and uncrowded lines.
My ideal of solar panels location would be on top of dog house or/and on the deck just in front of the windscreen. 
The question is, how much watts can I fit onto that area and how bad would be the shading from the boom. If someone has the time to send me some pictures of their setup, I would be most grateful.
Thank you.
Alin SV Wanderer


Re: Leece -Neville Alternator external regulator install

Kevin Fox
 

Dan - Thanks very much for your detailed response and photo.  I appreciate your help.  I hadn't considered the Sterling alternator protector as we don't (yet) have LiFePO4 batteries, but installing one now wouldn't hurt.  I worry about one of us trying to stop the Yanmar with the ignition key switch and damaging the alternator.

Do you use a current shunt with the WS500 or is it only monitoring voltage?  We have a Victron BMV-700.  I don't know whether the shunt for the battery monitor could be shared with the regulator (haven't looked into it).

Oliver - Thank you for your suggestion regarding using the old regulator as a protective cover.  I will heed your advice.

--
Kevin Fox and Family
SM404 Rascal
Currently berthed in Charleston, SC


Re: Best location for solar panels

Alin SM 283
 

Thank you. Where on the deck area do they think to mount them?

On Thursday, 23 April 2020, 05:49:35 pm NZST, Mohammad Shirloo <mshirloo@...> wrote:


Hi Alin;

 

We have also looked for a while for a solution that does not include the Arch. We also intend on switching to Lithium batteries when our current Gel setup needs replacing in 2-3 years. So, we are making all upgrades that become necessary prior to the installation of the lithiums,. Our design concept is one that will be installed in stages but engineered for the final design. For example, our inverter gave out last season, so we are looking at installing the Victron 8000/220A Inverter/charger.

 

After many years of looking and analyzing, we have almost settled on a hardtop over the cockpit area. Solbian factory has designed the max wattage for the area, design, shading, etc. and has come up with about 900 Watts of deck mounted, flexible and walk on cells.

 

Our calculations show that after completion of the final concept and installation of the lithium batteries, we should be able to run the entire 24V and 220V systems on board (Not Simultaneously) on batteries and depending on sun conditions, minimal generator usage. We currently do not have solar and we have to run the generator twice per day at anchor.

 

This is a more costly approach than the Arch, but like you, we like the lines of 54 and wanted a complementary design that did not take away from her sleek lines.

 

Happy Sailing;

 

 

Mohammad and Aty

B&B Kokomo

AMEL 54 #099

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io> On Behalf Of Alin SM 283 via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 9:43 PM
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] Best location for solar panels

 

Hi guys.
I know this subject must have been discussed before, I do not mind if you point me out to the right direction.
Anyway, I am seriously thinking solar panels for my Super Maramu.
The goal is to be able to at least run the fridges and sails and to minimize the use of the generator but I do not want to have an arch and do not one have Wanderer looking like a Xmas tree. I guess a little guidance to a minimum of power I should consider would be great
I really love the shape of my boat and the uncluttered and uncrowded lines.
My ideal of solar panels location would be on top of dog house or/and on the deck just in front of the windscreen. 
The question is, how much watts can I fit onto that area and how bad would be the shading from the boom. If someone has the time to send me some pictures of their setup, I would be most grateful.
Thank you.
Alin SV Wanderer


𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗜𝗻𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘄𝗵𝗶𝗰𝗵 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄 𝗮𝗻𝘆𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗲𝘁 𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗼𝗯𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗭𝗢𝗢𝗠 𝗠𝗲𝗲𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 #ZOOM #YouTube_Live_Stream

 

NEW: We plan a YouTube Live Stream of our ZOOM meeting (schedule below).

Tilo Peters, a member from Switzerland and our ZOOM administrator for this session, set up a YouTube Live Stream for our session: https://youtu.be/9wAs2lOQTtY
He has set it for low latency, which might result in slightly lower quality. He set it this way because the standard latency causes a lag of about 10 seconds.
 
Some of you that have signed up for the ZOOM session may want to go instead to the YouTube Livestream, especially if your purpose is more to observe rather than participate.
People will still be able to add comments/questions on YouTube Live Stream. However, if you want an interactive experience, Zoom is better for you.

Let's all hope that this first session goes well and that we can schedule more of these.

Our Topics for this ZOOM session will be Sourcing Parts and Standing Rigging.
 
Country GMT +/- Scheduled Time Scheduled Date
(GMT) 0 2000 4/25/2020
UK Summer Time 100 2100 4/25/2020
NZ 1200 800 4/26/2020
AU Queensland 1000 600 4/26/2020
Tahiti -1000 1000 4/25/2020
USA West -700 1300 4/25/2020
USA East -400 1600 4/25/2020
USA Central -600 1400 4/25/2020
Martinique -400 1600 4/25/2020
Germany 200 2200 4/25/2020
Central European Summer Time 200 2200 4/25/2020
Note: The above was checked with: https://greenwichmeantime.com/time-gadgets/time-zone-converter/

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


Re: Membrane Tube end caps

Arno Luijten
 

Hi Bill,

Guy has sold the business to Florian Saltel (a former employee). Guy moved to Canada last year. Their connection to Budget is informal now and the name is no longer carried in the store. Currently they operate in a sort of "Drive/Sail By" mode allowing people to get their boating supplies.
Crossing the separation between the Dutch and French side, even by boat, is highly regulated and requires paperwork.

Someone should invent a usable spray-can against Covid-19....

Regards,

Arno Luijten
SV Luna,
A54-121


Re: Engine room hatch repair

Giovanni TESTA
 

Hi Alan.

I had same problem when I was at Krabi Marina_Thailand. I was luky because inside marina there was a workshop perfect for the job.

Any way you found some photos from my archive.

I remember (2015) that it was important to remove the door and to well clean rusty side.

Than a new fiberglass layer to support the steel plate  as in photos

On the upper side (cockpit) one steel plate with 2 through screws to tighten the inside plate.

All this in synthesis the system,  but you can adapt it with better technical precautions.

The work is still perfect , no water inside, and it seems good looking.

Buon Vento

Giovanni Testa

sv EUTIKIA  SM2K 428

GREEK_PREVEZA ( We at home Venezia )



Il 23/04/2020 14:31, Alan Grayson ha scritto:
Hi All, the mild steel that supports the gas struts in my engine room hatch has gotten water into it and is rusting away and expanding causing a bulge in the engine room hatch in 2 spots.
Has anyone done this repair?
I am planning on cutting the whole strengthener area ( which I've been told is end grain balsa) digging all the old balsa out as well as the mild steel backing then replacing it with something, maybe 3/8 plywood then fiberglassing the removed panel back together.
For the mild steel plate I was just going to strengthen that area with fiberglass and thru bolt thru the hatch.
Does anyone have better ideas?
Regards
Alan Grayson
SV Ora Pai SM 406
St Lucia


Re: 𝗭𝗢𝗢𝗠 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝘁𝗼𝗴𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿

 

Kelly,

We are not going to change anything at this late stage, but thanks for the offer.

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


On Thu, Apr 23, 2020 at 11:08 AM Kelly Ran <naryllek@...> wrote:
Hi Bill, great idea. 

We are interested, especially in the standing rigging topic. (I'll vote in your poll shortly.) 

I agree with the person who suggested using Jitsi. Its quite easy to use. Ryan and I would be happy to help set it up if needed. 

Thanks!
Kelly + Ryan
SM233 Iteration
Boston


On Tue, Apr 21, 2020, 10:45 Thomas <thgu@...> wrote:

Bill,

I'm interessted to join.

SM Topics:

- furler maintenance (genoa, main and mizzen)
- flexible solar installation on bimini

 

Thomas

SM2K #475

 

 

 


Re: Engine room hatch repair

Paul Guenette
 

Hi Steve,

Would you please send me a set of your project photos too.

Thank you.

Paul on Aramis, SM 444, in San Francisco Bay, California 

paulguenette@...