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Old 04-06-2004, 07:16 AM
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Ayup. You got it nailed John it's just a problem of finding that missconnection in that massive "tangle" of wires. We do think we have it nailed down though and will try again. The tilt trim bars went in yesterday. One step at a time we are getting there it's just that we seem to be spraining an ankle with every step lately
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Old 04-06-2004, 09:38 AM
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Since your blowing a 90 amp fuse it's probably in some heavy gauge wire. If it were in 14-16 gauge wire you'd let the smoke out and the fault would become easy to find.
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Old 04-06-2004, 01:21 PM
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It might be worth getting a $40 circuit breaker to diagnose the problem instead of toasting fuses.
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Old 04-06-2004, 02:12 PM
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I thought of the circuit breaker too but I can't see how to make the connection as it is in a wierd place. The other hang-up with that is that I can't find 90 amp circuit breaker - the closest I can get is 80 amp which would probably suffice.
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Old 04-06-2004, 10:01 PM
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90 Amp fuses?

Best cure is go back and disconnect the largest current drawing connections.
Probably a motor. Is that fuse the main fuse on the battery? I am still learning the boat electrical system basics (another reason for a simple boat)
The last time I popped a breaker that size we hooked a 100 KV power supply backward. BIG spark!
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Old 04-07-2004, 01:56 PM
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It is the first fuse after the battery. The connection point between the battery and the starter. We think the problem is the altenator wires were switched.
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Old 04-08-2004, 08:57 AM
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Well we got the fuse problem figured out but she is still not turning over. Now it is just going over all the connections. We think it is the fuse panel at the center console that is the culprit. So close and yet so far!
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Old 04-08-2004, 05:40 PM
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Gregg,
What size wire is your battery cables and how far away from the battery is the fuse?

Under marine standards if I can remember right that fuse should be only a couple of feet from the battery.

I have 50 amp breakers on both the house battery and the start battery and they are on 2 feet #6 then 4 feet of #6 to starter.

I use all Blue Sea elec componants and those breakers if I can remember ran about 30 dollars each. They make a nice breaker just for battery wire to starter that screws into any bulked and takes up very little space. No hole cutting or box to have to put it in.
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Old 04-09-2004, 07:55 AM
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OC, The cables are much longer than you describe and I can't see how to shorten the distance with our current configuration.

In any case we got all the electrical figured out. The gauges work, the lights come on, and the biggie - the engine turns over. Now to connect the feul line and see if she starts!
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May the force be with you!

I'm sure the Estey's will make it work.
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Gregg,

It is an exciting day that day when you start the engine for the 1st time. It took me 5 years to get to that point and when she started I knew I was well on the way to my dream of sailing around the world.

Good luck and looking forward to seeing pictures of your custom built boat on the water and helping you catch fish.
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Old 04-10-2004, 02:59 PM
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She runs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And Gawd does she sound sweet!!!!!! We are very very very close now.
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Sooooooooo

When are we gonna see pics of the whole boat? Would be nice to see. I grew up building our own prams, DB's, and one Deep V for puget sound. My Dad never got more adventerous then that. LOL. But was fun learning from him building boats. But not sure I'd have the gumption with an endeavor as big as yours. That 19' deep V was enough. Almost killed my Dad and I (guess it doesn't help having 2 chiefs working together).

Congrats!!! Can't wait to see the whole project.
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Old 04-10-2004, 10:52 PM
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Glad to hear it

So When do you launch?
My trial launch is set for May 15. Will try to post pictures prior to that.
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