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  1. ndutton
    06-27-2015 01:14 AM
    Well, there are a couple of things going on. Most importantly my elderly mother needs round the clock care as of the past two months. My sis and I are trading off but it's taking a toll. Mom has stage 4 cancer in her brain, lungs and stomach, can no longer walk, prepare meals, etc. On top of that my step-dad, her husband of 45 years passed only two months ago. It's 'that time' in our family.

    The other thing is I felt my contributions to the forum had run their course. It seemed all I was doing anymore was arguing in favor of proven laws of physics that should not have ever been questioned in the first place. It was not good for the forum no matter how you look at it so I simply stepped back.

    I'm all for participating in a stimulating high quality forum but if it degenerates into just another board of dock experts, no thanks. I expressed my concerns to the forum administration a couple of months ago.
  2. ndutton
    02-04-2014 07:53 PM
    Looks like I'll be at my boat tomorrow (Wednesday) around noon, will probably leave by 4:00 P.M.
  3. ndutton
    05-23-2013 04:47 PM
    It's a matter of safety Tom. The battery switch is your first line of defense in shutting off shipboard power if necessary.

    Imagine the conditions you might want all power off. I had such an episode, my carburetor float valve let fuel pass through overflowing the bowl and spilling fuel into the bilge for about 24 hours. Walking down the dock I could smell gasoline fumes and once next to my boat there was no question where they were coming from. The first thing I did was shut off the shore power at the dock box. The second thing was to turn off the battery switch.

    The point here is I needed the power off and that meant all of it, not most of it except for one or two circuits that may have turned on automatically and the only way to insure they were off would be to disconnect their wires at the battery, also risking a small spark if there was load on those circuits. See what I mean?

    That's the reason battery switches are required to meet UL 1500 for ignition proof.
  4. CalebD
    05-02-2012 07:32 PM
    You mean the 'Drivesaver', right? I've got to take some pictures of it as it is lightly used.

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    Balboa Island, New Port Beach,Ca. mooring B-151
    life is to short to waste time working
    retired, boat project,sailmaker/rigger
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