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Old 19 January 2003, 18:02   #11
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Re: Cheers folks

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The reason I was thinking of going down this route is because my RIB is not stored at home and there is no power available where it lives so a top-up charge en route to launching sounds like a good idea.
Tried a solar panel trickle feed, worked great through a wheelhouse window to keep a 4 cylinder Perkins topped up after one of my mates alternators blew half way through this (insurance) season.
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Old 19 January 2003, 18:36   #12
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I always run the outboard on flush at home to test battery before leaving, also means that engine will start on the button at launch when you need it to because it is already slightly warm
So do i matiboy, but this is a very good idea for those why trail a long way to launch (still best to test-start at home i feel - saves embarrasment) and something i'll bear in mind in the future!

Good idea

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Old 19 January 2003, 19:02   #13
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Matiboy - Brilliant idea but no water easily available at the storage site - suppose I could aways take a drum full down with me.

Phill - I had thought about that but the rib is stored under cover and I don't think the farmer would be too keen on me cutting a bl**dy great hole in his barn roof to let some rays in.

Anyway thanks for the ideas lads - I will rig up the 12S socket and let you know how I get on.
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What are you guys thinking - couple of battery clips on the end of decent size cable to a 12S plug or a more perm. waterproof connector wired into the boat?

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Old 20 January 2003, 08:50   #15
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Hi all

I have one of the ex camel trophy boats and this has a standard trailer socket on the console for charging and if I connect it to my grey socket on the car it charges both batteries OK.

Hope this helps

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Old 20 January 2003, 09:31   #16
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The fixed waterproof socket all wierd up sounds ideal, giving you home and on route charge options for your electricity hungry gadgets.

My experaince of solar is for smaller batteries for mobile HF radio sets and if you can see bright sky these work well. the flexable pannels can be strappad to you rucksaks while you walk and keep charging all day.

Anyone using solar to tricle charge the boat, what do you need in the way of diodes?

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I thought that I would put the 12S socket inside the consul - it would not then need to be fully waterproof (unless I get the following sea handling wrong ). It would only be used when trailing so the cable could go in under the helm's seat.

I tried one of those solar charger panels once on an old van I had - it seemed to flatten the battery rather than charge it
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Anyone using solar to tricle charge the boat, what do you need in the way of diodes?
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Dunno, there's one built in it, and given the weather this year bright sun just hasn't been on the menu.
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