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Re: Iridium go external antenna location

Danny and Yvonne SIMMS
 

Hi Dan

We have an identical bracket on Ocean Pearl. I always thought it was an Amel standard fixture.

Regards

Danny

SM 299

Ocean Pearl

On 05 March 2020 at 09:17 Dan Carlson <carlsdan61@...> wrote:

Courtney, here are some more photos of the engine bracket.  I have seen it on other Amels.  The wood is a real Marine laminate. There are two SS straps that giver the top rail and hold it all together, as well as the engine clamps.  It straddles one of the verticle supports for the rail. And is positioned for easy lifting with the mizzen ballooner halyard or a line thru a block at the mizzen spreader. 

Let me know if you have additional questions. 

Regards, Daniel


On Wed, Mar 4, 2020, 2:01 PM Courtney Gorman via Groups.Io <Itsfun1= aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Dan would you mind sending me a picture of your outboard I like the way it is secured also did you add any reinforcement to the board it is attached to?
Cheers
Courtney
Trippin


-----Original Message-----
From: Dan Carlson < carlsdan61@...>
To: main < main@amelyachtowners.groups.io>
Sent: Wed, Mar 4, 2020 12:30 pm
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Iridium go external antenna location

Hi Scott, here is a picture of my antenna mount, the wire pass thru the deck with compression fitting, and the inside mount by the nav station. I used an existing hole in edge of the deck. I also installed the same compression fitting in the hole through the bulkhead into the rear cabin.  This allows the slightly oversized hole for the cable to pass.  It took most of the cable length I had (probably the same as you) to reach the nav stations.

We are not are of any issues with the signal. Used it half of last season and the last few months if this season across the Caribbean from Panama to the DR.  

We never touch the Iridium unit itself except to turn it off once in a while.  We have a 5 USB port charging block there for keeping all of our other devices charged up as well.

It was not that difficult on an SM. Just a few tight turns around the aft hanging locker. 

Best regards, Daniel Carlson on sv BeBe, SM#387


On Wed, Mar 4, 2020, 10:04 AM Scott SV Tengah < Scott.nguyen@...> wrote:
Hi all,

We just scored a great deal on a used Iridium Go with the external antenna. It comes with 12m of antenna cable and the mount for steel tubes. 
https://www.predictwind.com/iridium-go/#purchase-options

Any suggestions on where to mount the external antenna? I'd like to mine your collective knowledge before I start drilling any new holes. We have a large aft solar arch and assume putting it back there would degrade the signal. 

Additionally, how have you all run the thick antenna cable into the boat? I would like to put the Iridium Go at the nav station, but that's not a requirement. 

Thanks in advance!
--
Scott 
2007 A54 #69
SV Tengah
http://www.svtengah.com
 
 

 

 


Re: Iridium go external antenna location

Dan Carlson
 

Courtney, here are some more photos of the engine bracket.  I have seen it on other Amels.  The wood is a real Marine laminate. There are two SS straps that giver the top rail and hold it all together, as well as the engine clamps.  It straddles one of the verticle supports for the rail. And is positioned for easy lifting with the mizzen ballooner halyard or a line thru a block at the mizzen spreader. 

Let me know if you have additional questions. 

Regards, Daniel


On Wed, Mar 4, 2020, 2:01 PM Courtney Gorman via Groups.Io <Itsfun1=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Dan would you mind sending me a picture of your outboard I like the way it is secured also did you add any reinforcement to the board it is attached to?
Cheers
Courtney
Trippin


-----Original Message-----
From: Dan Carlson <carlsdan61@...>
To: main <main@amelyachtowners.groups.io>
Sent: Wed, Mar 4, 2020 12:30 pm
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Iridium go external antenna location

Hi Scott, here is a picture of my antenna mount, the wire pass thru the deck with compression fitting, and the inside mount by the nav station. I used an existing hole in edge of the deck. I also installed the same compression fitting in the hole through the bulkhead into the rear cabin.  This allows the slightly oversized hole for the cable to pass.  It took most of the cable length I had (probably the same as you) to reach the nav stations.

We are not are of any issues with the signal. Used it half of last season and the last few months if this season across the Caribbean from Panama to the DR.  

We never touch the Iridium unit itself except to turn it off once in a while.  We have a 5 USB port charging block there for keeping all of our other devices charged up as well.

It was not that difficult on an SM. Just a few tight turns around the aft hanging locker. 

Best regards, Daniel Carlson on sv BeBe, SM#387


On Wed, Mar 4, 2020, 10:04 AM Scott SV Tengah <Scott.nguyen@...> wrote:
Hi all,

We just scored a great deal on a used Iridium Go with the external antenna. It comes with 12m of antenna cable and the mount for steel tubes. 
https://www.predictwind.com/iridium-go/#purchase-options

Any suggestions on where to mount the external antenna? I'd like to mine your collective knowledge before I start drilling any new holes. We have a large aft solar arch and assume putting it back there would degrade the signal. 

Additionally, how have you all run the thick antenna cable into the boat? I would like to put the Iridium Go at the nav station, but that's not a requirement. 

Thanks in advance!
--
Scott 
2007 A54 #69
SV Tengah
http://www.svtengah.com


Re: Parts for sale from Alex Uster formerly NIKIMAT

Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

Good afternoon Randall, 


Thank you so much, I am very flattered and extremely honored by your message. 

Today being my birthday, it is one of the nicest message I could receive.  


Sincerely, Alexandre






On Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 04:10:00 PM UTC, Randall Walker <sailingalbedo@...> wrote:


Alexandre, Nikimat was one of my inspirations for buying into the AMEL world. I remember seeing it after the Hurricane in a you tube video it was sad to see. I have wondered what became of her.

Take care,
Randall
A54 #56

On Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 2:41 PM Alexandre Uster von Baar via Groups.Io <uster=rocketmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

Good morning, 


I am back in Sint Maarten and putting the rest of my boat parts for sale.  


Just posted information on my Genoa, Main and Like New Mizzen. 


You can read the information on the Share Parts section of the forum: 

 https://amelyachtowners.groups.io/g/ShareParts/topics


More to come:

Full/complete bow thruster foot

Volvo TMD 22 P parts (including 4 injectors)

etc.  

If some of you pass by Sint Maarten, let me know it will be a pleasure to meet you.  
Just met Bill & Joanna the new owners of Cloudstreet as well as Brian who just purchase a Maramu.  


Thanks in advance, sincerely, Alexandre

Formerly SM2K #289 NIKIMAT


Re: Important Q for electrical engineers: Covering solar panels for Panama Canal transit - possible damage?

Kelly Ran
 

Scott, I reread your message and saw you have your panels in parallel - do you have blocking diodes at each panel? These would be necessary to prevent current in your open-circuit situation. If you have blocking diodes (not the same as bypass diodes) then you are OK. 


On Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 1:40 PM Kelly Ran <naryllek@...> wrote:
Hi Scott,

open circuiting the panels, as you said, means no current and no hotspots/damage.
just wanted to clarify, the switches are between the panels and charge controllers, NOT between the controllers and the battery? (If the latter, you should make sure you shade the panels first before you open the switch. depending on topology, some charge controllers do not like getting their output open circuited under load.) Seems like the former so you're OK.

now the bypass diode issue is different, in partial shading, bypass diodes should *bypass* shaded modules and reduce panel hotspots. the diodes should be sized to carry a lot of current & not get damaged. another issue for another time. 

happy crossing
kelly + ryan
SM233 Iteration
Boston

On Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 8:58 AM Scott SV Tengah <Scott.nguyen@...> wrote:
All,

We are scheduled to transit the Panama Canal today and I'm trying to be extra careful with respect to covering the panels to avoid damage by the monkey fists thrown by the canal advisors.

Our intent is to use an extra sunbrella cover first and then put the cockpit cushions on top of that. I do recall somewhere that having complete shading on some parts of the panel but not others (as will happen with putting cockpit cushions on them) may cause hotspots and damage to the diodes.

Any electrical engineers or more experienced folks have an opinion on this?

We intend to turn off the master switches for pos/neg that are installed specifically for the solar panels. The 3 panels are setup in parallel, fyi. That should open circuit them and cause no current to flow and hence eliminate risk of damage, no?
--
Scott 
2007 A54 #69
SV Tengah
http://www.svtengah.com


Re: Important Q for electrical engineers: Covering solar panels for Panama Canal transit - possible damage?

Kelly Ran
 

Hi Scott,

open circuiting the panels, as you said, means no current and no hotspots/damage.
just wanted to clarify, the switches are between the panels and charge controllers, NOT between the controllers and the battery? (If the latter, you should make sure you shade the panels first before you open the switch. depending on topology, some charge controllers do not like getting their output open circuited under load.) Seems like the former so you're OK.

now the bypass diode issue is different, in partial shading, bypass diodes should *bypass* shaded modules and reduce panel hotspots. the diodes should be sized to carry a lot of current & not get damaged. another issue for another time. 

happy crossing
kelly + ryan
SM233 Iteration
Boston

On Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 8:58 AM Scott SV Tengah <Scott.nguyen@...> wrote:
All,

We are scheduled to transit the Panama Canal today and I'm trying to be extra careful with respect to covering the panels to avoid damage by the monkey fists thrown by the canal advisors.

Our intent is to use an extra sunbrella cover first and then put the cockpit cushions on top of that. I do recall somewhere that having complete shading on some parts of the panel but not others (as will happen with putting cockpit cushions on them) may cause hotspots and damage to the diodes.

Any electrical engineers or more experienced folks have an opinion on this?

We intend to turn off the master switches for pos/neg that are installed specifically for the solar panels. The 3 panels are setup in parallel, fyi. That should open circuit them and cause no current to flow and hence eliminate risk of damage, no?
--
Scott 
2007 A54 #69
SV Tengah
http://www.svtengah.com


Re: How to clean the hull from diesel soot

Teun BAAS
 

Dear Carina,

 

Also use additive in my fuel – don’t have (much) soot at all but that might be bcoz I have the D3 H version which apparently runs more efficient than the D3 C.

The soot I do have is from the ONAN.

 

Best Regards Teun

SV AMELIT  A54  #128

 

COOMERA (near BRISBANE) QLD AUSTRALIA

March 4, 2020 11:29:47

 

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 Peter Forbes via Groups.Io
Sent: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 01:57
To: main@amelyachtowners.groups.io
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] How to clean the hull from diesel soot

 

Dear Carina,

 

I’m glad you are still going well - just for interest we did not have the black exhaust spot problem so I wonder if it is your engine or fuel combination? We used additives many different types which we bought as we sailed around.

 

Peter

Peter Forbes

Carango 54  #035 

La Rochelle

00447836 209730

07836 209730



On 4 Mar 2020, at 03:15, CARINA HAMMARLUND <syultimo@...> wrote:

Hi,
we love our Amel 54 but we constantly struggle to keep the exhaust side of the hull clean. A battle we often loose and after just another couple of days that black spot on the side start growing back - So frustrating.

It’s also very difficult to get rid of the soot as it seems to grow into the gelcoat. When in NZ we polished the boat with SealX and the result was stunning - for a couple of weeks.
Over time we’ve tried many many products but we still struggling and it’s so hard to clean the soot away and to keep the hull side clean. 

what products do you use to get rid of the soot?
We appreciate all tips and tricks:)
--
Carina
SV Ultimo
Amel 54 No 165


Re: Iridium go external antenna location

Teun BAAS
 

Scott,

 

I have the antenna on starboard side of solar arch.

The NEW ZEALAND marine electrician ran the cable thru the starboard conduit to the nav station. Unit is in a IRIDIUM GO bracket at the NAV station but can easily be taken out of the bracket.

Reception is fine – taking it out and having the unit on deck does NOT necessarily improve satellite reception.

 

Best Regards Teun

SV AMELIT  A54  #128

 

COOMERA (near BRISBANE) QLD AUSTRALIA

March 4, 2020 11:24:18

 

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: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 07:05
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] Iridium go external antenna location

 

Hi all,

We just scored a great deal on a used Iridium Go with the external antenna. It comes with 12m of antenna cable and the mount for steel tubes. 
https://www.predictwind.com/iridium-go/#purchase-options

Any suggestions on where to mount the external antenna? I'd like to mine your collective knowledge before I start drilling any new holes. We have a large aft solar arch and assume putting it back there would degrade the signal. 

Additionally, how have you all run the thick antenna cable into the boat? I would like to put the Iridium Go at the nav station, but that's not a requirement. 

Thanks in advance!
--
Scott 
2007 A54 #69
SV Tengah
http://www.svtengah.com


Re: More Options for Rub Rail Inserts

Stephen Davis
 

Thanks Karen. Consider me interested, and let me know how things progress. 


Steve
Aloha SM 72
Hawaii


Re: Iridium go external antenna location

Courtney Gorman
 

Hi Dan would you mind sending me a picture of your outboard I like the way it is secured also did you add any reinforcement to the board it is attached to?
Cheers
Courtney
Trippin


-----Original Message-----
From: Dan Carlson <carlsdan61@...>
To: main <main@amelyachtowners.groups.io>
Sent: Wed, Mar 4, 2020 12:30 pm
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Iridium go external antenna location

Hi Scott, here is a picture of my antenna mount, the wire pass thru the deck with compression fitting, and the inside mount by the nav station. I used an existing hole in edge of the deck. I also installed the same compression fitting in the hole through the bulkhead into the rear cabin.  This allows the slightly oversized hole for the cable to pass.  It took most of the cable length I had (probably the same as you) to reach the nav stations.

We are not are of any issues with the signal. Used it half of last season and the last few months if this season across the Caribbean from Panama to the DR.  

We never touch the Iridium unit itself except to turn it off once in a while.  We have a 5 USB port charging block there for keeping all of our other devices charged up as well.

It was not that difficult on an SM. Just a few tight turns around the aft hanging locker. 

Best regards, Daniel Carlson on sv BeBe, SM#387


On Wed, Mar 4, 2020, 10:04 AM Scott SV Tengah <Scott.nguyen@...> wrote:
Hi all,

We just scored a great deal on a used Iridium Go with the external antenna. It comes with 12m of antenna cable and the mount for steel tubes. 
https://www.predictwind.com/iridium-go/#purchase-options

Any suggestions on where to mount the external antenna? I'd like to mine your collective knowledge before I start drilling any new holes. We have a large aft solar arch and assume putting it back there would degrade the signal. 

Additionally, how have you all run the thick antenna cable into the boat? I would like to put the Iridium Go at the nav station, but that's not a requirement. 

Thanks in advance!
--
Scott 
2007 A54 #69
SV Tengah
http://www.svtengah.com


Re: tb/custom broker BRISBANE/COOMERA QLD AUSTRALIA/AYOGF

Teun BAAS
 

Hi Alan,

 

Thanks for the reply.

 

Agree that NEW CALEDONIA is NO problem at all. I sailed for about 18 months around NC (still own a mooring there 😊); during 2018 had a bunch of AMEL parts come in and even imported a complete new VOLVO D3 engine w/o the slightest problem. Even in VANUATU things went flawless when I imported parts from USA, all new sails from TURKEY as well as the OCTender from NEW ZEALAND, But, so far, AUSTRALIA is a complete different experience.

 

The frustrating part is that the AUSTRALIAN authorities (ABF) agree with the YACHT IN TRANSIT concept but I have yet to find a custom broker experienced with this procedure.

 

On another topic, but still related, if any foreign owned boat considers selling or even have the boat listed for sale (on the internet or overseas) when calling or sailing in AUSTRALIAN waters you will have to pay the import duty REGARDLESS if the boat will ultimately be sold to another non AUSTRALIAN and/or leaves AUSTRALIAN waters; and AUSTRALIA reinforces this vigorously and have officers checking websites for any boats for sale. ABF will ask you several times, when they come on board during clearance, if you plan to sell the vessel; this is also one of the reasons they want you to report the position of the boat every 3 months. I had heard this from other sailors in NEW CAL as well as in VANUATU and although I have no intention of selling AMELIT it was reconfirmed when a fellow A54 owner intended to sail to AUSTRALIA and sell his A54. We were planning to buddy boat to AUSTRALIA until I suggested him to verify this information; he did and then changed his destination to NEW ZEALAND.

 

Best Regards Teun

SV AMELIT  A54  #128

 

COOMERA (near BRISBANE) QLD AUSTRALIA

March 4, 2020 10:50:04

 

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 Alan Leslie via Groups.Io
Sent: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 22:42
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] tb/custom broker BRISBANE/COOMERA QLD AUSTRALIA/AYOGF

 

Hi Teun,

I can't help you with Customs Broker in Brisbane, but I would think that pretty much any customs broker would be able to do it for you.

Just FYI, in New Caledonia, when you arrive and  clear customs (they never come to the boat) in Port Moselle, you complete the customs declaration and the Capitainnerie fax off the form to Customs and if you don't hear anything within a few hours then you are cleared in. If you want to get your imported items for the boat in duty and tax free, you need to ask the Capitainnerie to ask customs to send back an IFT number...they never send it without being asked...and often you need to ask a few times.....basically its the customs form you filled in with their reference number on it. Presenting that form to Fedex, DHL or whoever will ensure you don't pay tax or duty on items imported for the yacht in transit.

Cheers
Alan
Elyse SM437


Re: Iridium go external antenna location

Thomas Peacock
 

Tom Peacock
SM Aletes #240
Carriacou 

On Mar 4, 2020, at 1:38 PM, Thomas Peacock <peacock8491@...> wrote:


I mounted ours in a corner under the hard dodger. The little bit of fiberglass does not seem to interfere with reception. 

On Mar 4, 2020, at 10:04 AM, Scott SV Tengah <Scott.nguyen@...> wrote:

Hi all,

We just scored a great deal on a used Iridium Go with the external antenna. It comes with 12m of antenna cable and the mount for steel tubes. 
https://www.predictwind.com/iridium-go/#purchase-options

Any suggestions on where to mount the external antenna? I'd like to mine your collective knowledge before I start drilling any new holes. We have a large aft solar arch and assume putting it back there would degrade the signal. 

Additionally, how have you all run the thick antenna cable into the boat? I would like to put the Iridium Go at the nav station, but that's not a requirement. 

Thanks in advance!
--
Scott 
2007 A54 #69
SV Tengah
http://www.svtengah.com


Re: Iridium go external antenna location

Thomas Peacock
 

I mounted ours in a corner under the hard dodger. The little bit of fiberglass does not seem to interfere with reception. 

On Mar 4, 2020, at 10:04 AM, Scott SV Tengah <Scott.nguyen@...> wrote:

Hi all,

We just scored a great deal on a used Iridium Go with the external antenna. It comes with 12m of antenna cable and the mount for steel tubes. 
https://www.predictwind.com/iridium-go/#purchase-options

Any suggestions on where to mount the external antenna? I'd like to mine your collective knowledge before I start drilling any new holes. We have a large aft solar arch and assume putting it back there would degrade the signal. 

Additionally, how have you all run the thick antenna cable into the boat? I would like to put the Iridium Go at the nav station, but that's not a requirement. 

Thanks in advance!
--
Scott 
2007 A54 #69
SV Tengah
http://www.svtengah.com


Re: Iridium go external antenna location

Dan Carlson
 

Hi Scott, here is a picture of my antenna mount, the wire pass thru the deck with compression fitting, and the inside mount by the nav station. I used an existing hole in edge of the deck. I also installed the same compression fitting in the hole through the bulkhead into the rear cabin.  This allows the slightly oversized hole for the cable to pass.  It took most of the cable length I had (probably the same as you) to reach the nav stations.

We are not are of any issues with the signal. Used it half of last season and the last few months if this season across the Caribbean from Panama to the DR.  

We never touch the Iridium unit itself except to turn it off once in a while.  We have a 5 USB port charging block there for keeping all of our other devices charged up as well.

It was not that difficult on an SM. Just a few tight turns around the aft hanging locker. 

Best regards, Daniel Carlson on sv BeBe, SM#387


On Wed, Mar 4, 2020, 10:04 AM Scott SV Tengah <Scott.nguyen@...> wrote:
Hi all,

We just scored a great deal on a used Iridium Go with the external antenna. It comes with 12m of antenna cable and the mount for steel tubes. 
https://www.predictwind.com/iridium-go/#purchase-options

Any suggestions on where to mount the external antenna? I'd like to mine your collective knowledge before I start drilling any new holes. We have a large aft solar arch and assume putting it back there would degrade the signal. 

Additionally, how have you all run the thick antenna cable into the boat? I would like to put the Iridium Go at the nav station, but that's not a requirement. 

Thanks in advance!
--
Scott 
2007 A54 #69
SV Tengah
http://www.svtengah.com


Re: How to clean the hull from diesel soot

Jim Anderson
 

I use “Black Streak Remover”. Takes it right off with just a bit of hand-polishing.  It works great. There are several brands available; I’ll be aboard on Saturday and will reply further with the brand that has worked well for me.

 

Jim

SM384 Sirena Azul

Seattle


Re: Headliner fix

Chip Beaman
 

I know it has been done by many on this forum. Can you please chime in on what it cost to have your headliners professionally replaced.  

thank you
Chip


Re: Parts for sale from Alex Uster formerly NIKIMAT

Randall
 

Alexandre, Nikimat was one of my inspirations for buying into the AMEL world. I remember seeing it after the Hurricane in a you tube video it was sad to see. I have wondered what became of her.

Take care,
Randall
A54 #56

On Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 2:41 PM Alexandre Uster von Baar via Groups.Io <uster=rocketmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

Good morning, 


I am back in Sint Maarten and putting the rest of my boat parts for sale.  


Just posted information on my Genoa, Main and Like New Mizzen. 


You can read the information on the Share Parts section of the forum: 

 https://amelyachtowners.groups.io/g/ShareParts/topics


More to come:

Full/complete bow thruster foot

Volvo TMD 22 P parts (including 4 injectors)

etc.  

If some of you pass by Sint Maarten, let me know it will be a pleasure to meet you.  
Just met Bill & Joanna the new owners of Cloudstreet as well as Brian who just purchase a Maramu.  


Thanks in advance, sincerely, Alexandre

Formerly SM2K #289 NIKIMAT


Re: Headliner fix

James Alton
 

Bob,
   Removal of the wood panels was one of my concerns as well.  Fortunately there was some relatively recent discussion on the boards that indicated that the panels are fastened in with the bolts and screws holding the windows in place.  In addition there is apparently some silicone bonding the wood to the cabin sides.  Bill Kinney on SV Harmonie recently removed, refinished and reinstalled the panels on his SM.  Perhaps you could send him an email to get the details.  They may also be in his blog. I think that Amel solved the deteriorating foam problem with the felt backed vinyl but I am not clear on what adhesive is best to use.  When I bought my boat there were many different kinds of solvent based adhesives aboard that apparently were used by the previous owner and none of them seem to work.  A friend with another Maramu glued up his liner with a thick white glue that looks like a version of the water based Carpenters glue and it seems to be holding.   I have glued a few test areas up with minimal preparation and it seems to be working but I would not do the whole boat without more research.  One good thing about the water based white glue is water clean up, no damage to the vinyl, non toxic and easy removal from the front berglass when I take the liner down fully to do the whole boat.  Best of luck to you with your project.  These boats are well worth the effort to restore IMO.

James 
SV Sueno
Maramu #220

On Mar 4, 2020 5:40 AM, "Robert Linley via Groups.Io" <minaxibob@...> wrote:

On my older SM6 I had the drooping headliner problem. My 1st fix was the wood strips idea screwed in to hold up the sagging areas. It looked good and lasted about 10 years before I had to start chasing kittens trying to “fix” new areas. Many of the wall sections are also peeling, such as captains berth and the heads. I am now considering the real fix of a total strip and new material (with proper protection per Joel). My concern is how to handle the areas of vinyl that were glued in place at the edges behind wood trim such as the wood wall panels in the window areas etc. does anyone know if these can be removed, I see no screws or attachment methods and do not want to mess up the fine woodwork.
Bob
SM6 Minaxi





Iridium go external antenna location

Scott SV Tengah
 

Hi all,

We just scored a great deal on a used Iridium Go with the external antenna. It comes with 12m of antenna cable and the mount for steel tubes. 
https://www.predictwind.com/iridium-go/#purchase-options

Any suggestions on where to mount the external antenna? I'd like to mine your collective knowledge before I start drilling any new holes. We have a large aft solar arch and assume putting it back there would degrade the signal. 

Additionally, how have you all run the thick antenna cable into the boat? I would like to put the Iridium Go at the nav station, but that's not a requirement. 

Thanks in advance!
--
Scott 
2007 A54 #69
SV Tengah
http://www.svtengah.com


Re: How to clean the hull from diesel soot

Scott SV Tengah
 

Like Peter, I have zero black soot on my A54. 
--
Scott 
2007 A54 #69
SV Tengah
http://www.svtengah.com


Important Q for electrical engineers: Covering solar panels for Panama Canal transit - possible damage?

Scott SV Tengah
 

All,

We are scheduled to transit the Panama Canal today and I'm trying to be extra careful with respect to covering the panels to avoid damage by the monkey fists thrown by the canal advisors.

Our intent is to use an extra sunbrella cover first and then put the cockpit cushions on top of that. I do recall somewhere that having complete shading on some parts of the panel but not others (as will happen with putting cockpit cushions on them) may cause hotspots and damage to the diodes.

Any electrical engineers or more experienced folks have an opinion on this?

We intend to turn off the master switches for pos/neg that are installed specifically for the solar panels. The 3 panels are setup in parallel, fyi. That should open circuit them and cause no current to flow and hence eliminate risk of damage, no?
--
Scott 
2007 A54 #69
SV Tengah
http://www.svtengah.com