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  1. MARINE VHS Restrictions Letter to Transport Canada Our Marine Channels rules are so strict re license requirements to use a Marine Radio here and rightfully so. BUT, I sent a letter that Transport Canada open talks with Canada's CRTC to open a SINGLE Marine VHF Channel that can be used in May Day May Day and Pan-Pan-Pan conditions for use by a leisure boat user with certain call-conditions. So many new boats are equipped with Marine VHS Radios and being able to use ONE Emergency channel (not 16 or 9) that can broadcast to nearbye boats for help where life or sinking may be immanent. It's common sense in an emergency on the water I feel. I received confirmation my email letter was rec'd and it's content will be reviewed by the powers. I will update once I receive their reply.
  2. Usually smoking at any connection point of the heavy batt to solenoid, to starter cables is a bad connection or corrosion , including starter to block bad ground condition, once key is in turned to start. First: Batt level 12.6 volts? Second inspect connections on any Perko or other batt isolator that may or may not be installed along the heavy cable lines then on to same inspection all the way to starter. That' where I'd start if I understand your smoke problem correctly. I have never run into anything other than the above somewhere along the run when it smokes on Start.
  3. Change the high-tension coil wire from the dist cap to coil after a spark test if failed from/to same on original wire. Or your coil may be shot if no flash-over.
  4. RSF

    Engine help

    Depending on the engine year/OEM..for the few dollars and an hour of time Re&Re the magnetic pick-up inside the distributor cap.
  5. Low output gas generator and a smart battery charger is what I use. Suppose having a van or pick-up helps re space but it sure does the job on site and fast.
  6. Been working on a drag behind 8-10 Amp charger. It's a appx 1'x 6" egg type unit with a special prop that when dragged during trolling or slow movement will generate through its regulator, 14.6 VDC at 8-10 amps. Just unhook from transom and battery then store-it. Obviously for the small boat with little to no batt charge circuit in the outboard as well as small sail boats. but use high-draw electronics particularly Down Riggers and Electric Trolling Motors. The price for the available units is hellishly expensive for such a simple device. Trying to work with Minn Kota and others to develop and build.
  7. OVERBOARD ENGINE OFF...New/Continued Hi again all Lake Ontario United - Folks! Have made my previous "Overboard Engine Off" Post - device reality. Please read the following if you wish, Thanks. Introducing my Overboard Engine Shut Down device. (First Post here at LOU.) It's called the “SEA KEY” ! Did you know, that Canadian Natural Resources lists that 8-14 % of boating deaths occur when the operator falls overboard while his boat is under propulsion at the time and the boat carries-on leaving the operator in the water alone.? FACT. Having “SEA KEY “ installed may one day save your life or that of a family member while boating. WHAT IT DOES: There are three models. MODEL 1-4: Upon falling overboard while your boat is under propulsion, the SEA KEY will Shut-Down your outboard or electric motor. Allowing you or a family member time to re-board your boat. The first model, designed and tested by me what very-very good. Here are the options it can perform: SHUT DOWN YOUR Outboard Motor (Optional Model): SHUT DOWN YOUR Electric Motor (Optional Model): NIGHT-TURN ON a Super-bright on-board mounted SOS Flasher, as well as performing above items 1 & 2 “Shut Down”. (Stand alone Model to remote lock-out your engine from starting (under-design at this time). IMPORTANT NOTE: The above does NOT replace nor was it designed to replace any engine manufacturer's “ Safety Tether System”. (All installations require a vessel have a 12 volt battery or battery system on-board). I have spent more than two years in the R&D process and am now ready to share my device with you. Please note, I'm already booked for several installation from now until May. The installation that I do will be done on site around the golden horeshoe area of Southern Ontario. Cost of the Unit or Cost of Installation will Vary depending on Vessel & Engine type and SEA KEY Model options. Authorized Marine Mechanics may also install after briefings from me verbal and written and following a signed agreement. It it not recommended the device be installed by the “backyard mechanic” - we're dealing with advanced boating safety and electrical modifications are required. All installations are custom installations. Please contact me via PVT Message for more information if interested in learning more.
  8. HI all, Been awhile but have made some advancement on the remote engine shut-off device for the lone fisherman.... Actually almost completed. The only thing after final assembly is pictures of it (device), Laymans wiring schematic and bought a HD Camera to show..I'd rather not post on utube as there's a Marine Electronics Co (well known) willing to sign an NDA, after I sign something for this OEM.. But my word is good here and will give detail to you. And I know I could run into pat-pend troubles..but it's a safety device and that will have to be OK. Stand-by a month or two and it'll be posted here for those who may be interested. Scott.
  9. Agreed w/work2fish. Use'm (solar panels) for and in place of weather shielding 100 watts or better and Coleman has jumped into and is serving this market well - performance and price on 12.6 volt battery(s). In my opinion the right thing to do with boaters w/boats with limited or little engine recharge power or just stationary, engine off.
  10. Hi all, Yes Thun that's a given since unlike an automobile there isn't a body ground for all dc accessories (Down-rigger(s)).. well perhaps the gauge panel for low voltage neg return in some cases. Got confused as I was thinking any run for dc devices require a negative return.. sort of automatic-two wires on any run. Would add there are tables on the internet of what gauge is required depending on the length of the run and amperage rating of the rigger or other devices alone or sharing the same power line. Would also add, the longer the run the more inefficient DC power becomes which I would suggest would come into play for those smaller outboards boats w/out a charging system or the 5-8 amp charge rate at almost full throttle - types. Thanks.
  11. Hi all, Great job (link) ..better than nothing but this guy needs a trace from the solenoid forward as well as a schematic of his particular boat's electrical system particularly ANY switches that may have been ON at the time of the battery-cross connect short.
  12. Having a bit of trouble understanding that, Thun. Not suggesting your thoughts and links are wrong. Just there and back part? If U can elaborate a bit that I can make the connection in your thought. Thanks.
  13. Sorry Guys, had trouble uploading the photo. When I have done it all (having trouble finding a cheap-used "Rear Window Wiper motor", I'll let the LOU folks interested know-all through a layman's schematics.
  14. Rec'd the 250-400 metre transceiver unit. Wanted to keep LOU interested people updated and so here's a picture of the receiver screw - sealed (surprising), with external 433 MHz receiver antenna and full length transmitter antenna (six channel).
  15. Something's obviously not right here. Suggest adding up all wattage of items on w/generator running then checking the generators total output capacity. Under load, the generator will lose RPM and if operating RPM or auto RPM adjuster isn't set correctly or overloaded..troubles upon it.
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