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Old 06 December 2009, 10:38   #71
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still not found the fault with the VHF - had the engine running and no charging issues.
What model of VHF is it? The owners manual should detail what causes the error message you got. If as it implies it is indicating a high power supply voltage, there is not much it can be other than the regulator . I assume the error message is constantly displayed, not just when you are trying to transmit?

Were you running the engine on muffs at idle today, or were you able to rev the engine? Do you know what voltage you were getting when the engine was running? Did the VHF exhibit the fault again today?

The alternator voltage from the outboard will increase as the outboard revs increase, making the regulator work harder and get hotter. It could be that the regulator only starts to fail when it is working harder.

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Old 06 December 2009, 10:38   #72
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Finally if there is any experienced RIBster that ever fancies showing me how one should enter a challenging harbour in interesting conditions would love to gain the experience - any ideas on how I could get more experience in bad weather would also be much appreciated

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I'm not sure that you would learn the nessesary skills in a Course as such, as it's sods law it'll be dead calm when you went out with an instructor. But I understand your thinking.

Building up slowly is the best experience you can get IMHO. Each boat differs in characteristic slightly and you either need a greater or lesser amount of skill to teach youself what you need to know to handle the equipement ie. learning what the trim does in a head sea or following sea. But in a safe environment ie. good weather and company.

The first thing I would be concentrating on right now would be reliability and safety drills like MOB, radio skills, what one would do in an emergancy etc.

Set yourself some little cruises, like a launch at Itchen Bridge or Hythe a cruise down the river/Southampton water and a stop at a pub like the Rising Sun at Warsash. Keep the distances traveled short at the begining and in the safety of confined waters and work yourself up to some larger cruises.

This way you'll get satisfaction of planning a cruise, doing safety exercises and having a succesful day out minimising the risk of having a bad day out.

Another little tip that I would suggest is to program as many useful telephone numbers into your phone. Solent coastgaurd, police non emergancy numbers, local sailing clubs, Sea Start etc etc etc , not forgetting all al important pub telephone numbers
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Sounds like a day to remember , re Hayling Rescue/Frank Dunster he runs a private rescue /salvage sevice from Chi Harbour and can usually be found on or close to Hayling Island Sailing Club pontoon where he provides extra safety cover for our racing . You were probably helped by one of our club rescue boats initially . Frank is a bit of a legend in Chi harbour try Google there are a few references to him . Some say he has salt water instead of blood and GPS module inside his head , all we know is we call him The Sea Stig !
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If as it implies it is indicating a high power supply voltage, there is not much it can be other than the regulator
Unless the battery became disconnected and the VHF was receiving all the juice from the engine.
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What model of VHF is it? The owners manual should detail what causes the error message you got. If as it implies it is indicating a high power supply voltage, there is not much it can be other than the regulator . I assume the error message is constantly displayed, not just when you are trying to transmit?

Were you running the engine on muffs at idle today, or were you able to rev the engine? Do you know what voltage you were getting when the engine was running? Did the VHF exhibit the fault again today?

The alternator voltage from the outboard will increase as the outboard revs increase, making the regulator work harder and get hotter. It could be that the regulator only starts to fail when it is working harder.

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Thanks for the info Chris - we ran the engine with muffs on and only revved up a couple of times when testing the fuel issue/solution.

No idea on the voltage - I guess that's the next thing to look at - re it getting hot - that would make sense except it started playing up before we left Chichester Harbour - so had been pottering along at about 6knts no more - very strange - everything else seemed fine and behaved as expected
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Old 06 December 2009, 12:13   #76
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Unless the battery became disconnected and the VHF was receiving all the juice from the engine.
I assumed that as KY said the VHF was operational when the engine wasn't running the battery was still in circuit - though you are right, I assumed that was still the case after the trip and not just before the trip.

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No everything else worked so the VHF was sharing the power supply at all times - and the rest of the gadgets and gizmo's all worked flawlessly
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No everything else worked so the VHF was sharing the power supply at all times - and the rest of the gadgets and gizmo's all worked flawlessly
Do any of your instruments indicate voltage or have you checked the voltage?
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Chewy - don't know in answer to the first question and no to the second - I think that's the next step in trying to find the solution
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Chewy - don't know in answer to the first question and no to the second - I think that's the next step in trying to find the solution
If you have a Garmin most of them have the option of displaying voltage...
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