June 15, 2010
The Taylor Made Bimini Comfort Zone Misting System can be used to reduce the air temperatures in a local area by as much as 30 degrees. This innovative stand-alone misting system can be attached to a dodger, bimini, radar arch, wing, tower or any overhead area to supply you with a steady, cooling mist.
The misting systems usefulness extends far beyond the weekend boater. Any hot weather boater, from a small sport fishing boat to a waterski tournament boat to an off shore cruising sailboat can benefit from this simple system. Additionally, and vehicle that uses a 12 volt power source and is able to carry water can take advantage of misting cooling. This portable misting system can be used with an RV while camping, while off-roading at Moab or to keep you cool in your cart when golfing.
The Taylor Made 1420 Comfort Zone Misting System contains:
- 130 psi 12 volt booster pump w/mounting bracket
- Quick “Push to Connect” tee connectors
- 25′ of 1/4″ diameter black misting line
- 7′ red water inlet tubing w/screened weighted anchor
- 4 misting nozzles w/T-connector push-to-connect fittings
- 4 mounting clips to attach nozzle to top
- AC adapter plug
- Pre-inline sediment filter
All that you supply is the electricity and water**. The water source must be clean, fresh water (not salt or brackish water). While running, the system uses approximately 1 gallon of water per nozzle per hour. Go2marine offers this useful product as well as over 160,000 other useful boat parts to make your boating enjoyable!
** Never mix electricity and water, you will need to supply both the source of each as well as their dispensing containers.
When boaters experience problems with their power Trim and Tilt Motors, the first step is diagnosing the cause of the trouble. Captains will have to determine if the issue is with the power Trim and Tilt Motor, the Hydraulic Pump Valve Body assembly or in the 12 volt power system.
First confirm that there is power to your Tilt and Trim motor and that you have enough power to do the work. Check the battery voltage and the connections of all the electrical wires.
All power trim motors use a 12 volt DC reversing motor and contain both a blue and green wire. The blue wire raises the motor when energized, while the green one lowers the drive unit. Some systems also have a black wire, which functions as a ground on units that don’t ground through the case.
To diagnose a Trim and Tilt Motor error, use a jumper wire to apply 12 volts to the blue or green wire, which should cause the drive unit to rise or fall, respectively. If the motor runs, the problem is likely an issue with a solenoid or a lack of voltage from the power Trim and Tilt switch to the solenoid.
If the power Trim and Tilt Motor doesn’t run after the diagnostic procedure, a replacement motor is needed. Often, replacement Power Trim and Tilt Motors include a kit to convert three-wire systems to a more powerful two-wire unit.
Visit Replacing Power Trim and Tilt Systems to aid in trouble shooting and the common problems with power tilt and trim systems.
February 15, 2010
Blue Sea Systems continues to be a leading manufacturer of electrical panels and electrical components for boaters; whether building new or refitting your boat. Go2marine supplies electrical products for powerboats or sailboats as well as commercial and fishing vessels.
The Blue Sea name is synonymous with quality marine electrical products. There is a crafted Blue Sea marine electrical distribution panel to fit every need. Panels are available in AC (alternating current, 110 volts), DC (direct current, 12 volts), a combination of AC/DC as well as waterproof DC panels. As years have gone by, boats have increased in their electrical complexity with the addition of GPS, computers, LED lights and other systems. Blue Seas panels help the average boat owner when doing an electrical panel replacement or installation. Benefits include increased electrical safety as well as updating the panel for the demand in modern electrical use.
- Small AC panels – 1 to 9 positions
DC Electrical Distribution Panels:
- Small DC panels – 1 to 9 positions
- Medium DC panels – 10 to 24 positions
- Large DC panels – 25 + positions
AC/DC Electrical Distribution Panels:
- Medium DC panels – 10 to 24 positions
DC Weather and Water Resistant Distribution Panels for cockpit, helm and spray situations.
Blue Sea panels are easy to use and modify. There are circuit breakers available to fill open positions left in panels for customization or to replace breakers with ones that more approximate your panel requirements.
Thermal circuit breakers combine switching and circuit protection. Typical uses for these are as a switch / breaker to a downrigger, electric outboard, winch or any electric motor. Use in any location where power is coming directly from the battery to an electrical device. These thermal circuit breakers are waterproof and vaporproof and may be used aboard gasoline powered boats with no risk of spark.
Most modern boats of any size have a battery switch. In a simple system, the battery switch just cuts the electricity from the batteries to the engine, or the “house” (the term for batteries that run the boat electrical systems other than the engine) or both. As boats get larger, they may use more than one for a variety of reasons. The power coming from a group of batteries is sorted out into banks, for the house and engine. Add to this a separate generator starting battery, inverter and battery charger and you may have more than one switch to direct all the different power sources to the distribution panels or applications. Blue Sea Systems manufacturers a battery selector switch for any application.