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Old 06 December 2015, 06:14   #11
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There will be two coils under the flywheel one for the ecm one for charging that should be wired so when you get the kit blanks come out and the new loom fits in. You get a second rectifier with the kit and a bracket to make it tidy on mine the engines are set up for electric start with two coils but because it's manual a kit is needed on the small hp range you need the coil as well dought you will need that but looking on the tohatsu site USA prices not too bad showing the coils and kits Clyde outboards are a supplier to get prices.on the Ron hale site look at the 20spec alternator 12v 180watts 12 amp same as Suzuki in fact one site says tohatsu /Suzuki rectifier for sale so they might cross match.

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Old 08 December 2015, 09:58   #12
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I made some enquiries with Clyde Outboatds regarding my electrical dilemma.
Guy I spoke to was brand new and completely honest with me when I described my needs.
He turned down the opportunity to sell me an outboard charging kit to allow me to charge my battery in my Sib from the outboard.

He said it was not the best option for my needs.
Instead he recommended utilising my current batteries and purchasing an XS power pack to recharge my plotter, hand held VHF and run my fish finder over my away days.

They XS pack cost around 100 squid and I can think of other applications I could use them in - small compact and even capable of jump starting a large 4x4. It comes with a host of leads etc and it can fit in your pocket.

Apparently they are quickly becoming must have items amongst the boating / camping community in and around Loch Lomond.

http://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/Land-Rover-M...701?nav=SEARCH
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Old 12 December 2015, 11:05   #13
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Hey.. its all way to complicated for me Kaman..but I often go camping in my SIB..for a week or more ..so can tell you the cheapest way to go camping with battery powered stuff

Turn it off when not in use.

My battery which is an old golf trolley battery is 28ah ... and will recharge my phone and my ipad all week plus run my fishfinder when I want it running.

In fact my phone stays charged on its own for almost a week as I put it on aeroplane mode. fishfinder is only on when i want it too..which is not as often as first thought

Not the answer you were looking for..but its another option and it certainly saves money
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Old 12 December 2015, 12:38   #14
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Kaman

Called in at Morton boats today re my NMEA stuff just asked him about your engine you do have a coil two yellow wires coming out beneath the flywheel you just couple up to them with the charging kit cost of that from them £103 + vat if you do go that way try pacer marine might be cheaper mine was £106 inc vat

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Howdy Gurnard.
I am very much of your school of thot turn it off when not in use and conserve power.
Having added a fixed VHF to the Sib I was hoping to have it switched on during my forays ready for use.
This on or off dilemma left me wondering - do I try and top my batteries up from my engine or buy a larger deep cycle battery and use it sparingly.
Still undecided.
Jeff thanks for your invaluable help and advice.
Your documents and diagram arrived today.
Hope to have a butchers over the next few days and come to an informed decision.
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no probs mate hope you get sorted.
just on with fitting vhf my self and re-wiring up to make it neater.

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I think you've got the same VHF as mine Jeff??
Not tried mine yet.
Hoping it is worth the hassle.
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Old 15 December 2015, 15:07   #18
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I think you've got the same VHF as mine Jeff??
Not tried mine yet.
Hoping it is worth the hassle.
That's the one good little set for the money. just about finished it, I ripped it out and started again to day because my console is so small I have put everything on an HDPE 10mm sheet 4bolt fixing so easy to get at everything if any probs occur. Reading your thread about the aerial I have mounted on top of the console but kept the full cable length, made it quick release from the boss so I can pull it up to get more height if required.

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I use two batteries as I do a lot of night fishing. Though I do have two 25 watt solar panels mounted on top of the home made Bimini, I use one battery for lighting, bilge pump fish finder, cabin and spot lamps... I use the other for my Min Kota Endura C60 Electric Motor, which is a monster deep cycle.

There is a sail-boat battery charging unit that is put over the stern that produces 5-7 amps for charging but the best bet, I feel, is adding the charging kit to the outboard though it won't produce much of any re-charge power without the engine rpm being way-up there. Good Luck.
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Unless you're going to be cranking an engine isn't the suggested lithium polymer a bit of overkill, and expensive? Amazon seem to have one at about £65 BTW

I'm with Gunard, get yourself a 12v closed cell, deep cycle battery such as in a mobility scooter or kid's ride on truck. £15 - £30 depending on the Ah rating but £30 will get you a 18Ah battery that should last a fair while.
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