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An additional advantage of the DC-DC charger is allowing a high voltage input from solar panels wired in series. Two 40 volt panels in series (@660 watts!) is only 10 amps and 10 gauge wire can handle the load. VICTRON has a suite of modules that work well together.

Agreed the 323s have issues with trim under power and my 323 has a 12 gallon water heater (and the head and nav station) on the starboard side that contributes to a very slight list that would be exaggerated with batteries mounted on the starboard side close to the stern.

When I cut open the port side settee for a new water bladder I found a very nice space forward of the tankage that I think would be a good spot for an additional battery.

Cabling from the bow for batteries would be costly but its benefit would be worth it. Standard lead acid batteries would be subject to the exaggerated motion of the bow so good practice with VENTILATED battery boxes is recommended.

We primarily day sail out of a marina so our simple bone-stock two battery setup with a Balmar and old-school Balmar smart regulator suits us fine. So much so that I have jumped the battery temperature input to force the Balmar to be limited to only 30 amps charging. Nothing stirs the blood like having an alternator come off cold start and ramp up charging to a point the engine stalls. This so-called ‘small engine’ jumper is simple enough to disconnect for full output but we have never needed the Balmar’s full output. I’m guessing this configuration will increase the lifespan of all the components in the DC system.

I would love to see an elegant solar arch for a 323. Has anyone seen one?

General Discussion / Yachtworld
« on: March 30, 2021, 05:05:26 AM »
I like to look at Pearsons on Yachtworld and I've noticed in the last few months there are hardly any 323s for sale.

I think that's because once one owns a 323 its hard to part with.

Now would be a good time to sell a 323.

Now is a better time to SAIL a 323!

For Sale and Wanted / Re: NEW Volvo Penta MD11D 1983 $6,500
« on: March 23, 2021, 10:57:21 AM »
A used timing case could be sourced and refinished to go with this as an alternative to the disassembly needed for welding. Cast Iron sometimes needs to be heated in an oven before it can be successfully welded.

That is a big job for a part that may be sourced from a scrap engine.

VOLVO engines of this period are very durable. If this one was dropped a very careful inspection would be necessary.

Do you know the source of the damage?

For Sale and Wanted / Re: NEW Volvo Penta MD11D 1983 $6,500
« on: March 22, 2021, 11:46:33 AM »
I think the poster meant: Damage to the ENGINE BLOCK CRANKCASE near the rear mount.
And that cast iron block can be repaired once the block was dissembled for welding by an expert in cast iron repair.

Any engine sitting 38 years would require a complete teardown and inspection to be put into service.

The Diesel injection pump would also need to be serviced by an expert Fuel Injection shop.

This engine could certainly be restored by a caring expert. One who picked it up for much less than $1000.

Deck Mounted Hardware / Re: the pearson 323 companionway
« on: March 13, 2021, 10:02:04 AM »
You'll see a similar hand hold adjacent to the nav station here somewhere. It is a good idea and can also stabilize the coachroof if engineered right. You won't believe what a great asset a little $20 stainless handhold on the hatch makes! I saw one on Sailing UMA and got mine on Ebay. You'll need to grind the ends to match the camber of the hatch. Now I don't know how we lived without it!

Deck Mounted Hardware / Re: the pearson 323 companionway
« on: March 08, 2021, 07:29:12 PM »
Yes Winnie was as agile as a circus dog. Amazing with the companion ladder, really unbelievable was her climbing the boarding ladder up from a tender.

I had built her a ramp- but when she saw other dogs jumping into the tender she didn't need the ramp.

Our new rescue Bernie needs to learn to go up the companion ladder- He's over 80 lbs now-

Sails and Canvas / Re: P323 What size Genoa works best?
« on: March 02, 2021, 05:30:49 PM »
I have a 150 and I don't like it. I'm going to shop for a 130-135.

If anyone sees nice used one please send me a heads up.

Standing & Running Rigging and Fitting/Tuning / Re: Rope Halyard
« on: February 17, 2021, 11:35:47 AM »

Standing & Running Rigging and Fitting/Tuning / Re: Rope Halyard
« on: February 17, 2021, 11:34:11 AM »
Halyards on sale at MAURIPRO!

They have halyards specifically rigged for Pearson 323 too!

Standing & Running Rigging and Fitting/Tuning / Re: Rope Halyard
« on: February 12, 2021, 10:06:18 PM »
I'm curious about mine. I don't remember any roughness when I cleaned them up.

Maybe I give them a try and keep an eye on the line.

Electrical Systems & Electronics / Re: Raymarine EV-100 Autopilot
« on: February 11, 2021, 04:47:06 PM »
Yes- Not so elegant.

And the Garman pilot is pricy. But the Raymarine although it does some amazing piloting in crazy seas with the triple axis compass/accelerometer, does not have a confidence building build. The wheelpilot is flimsy at best and toylike in construction. Mine had worked 3 seasons now but I have heard of failures.

If you can swing it you are better off with a below decks unit and then price points with Garmin and Raymarine merge.

It is a tough decision if you aren't able to spend your way out only to see the Bluetooth future making all of them obsolete.

If you don't have a two day slog from winter storage to your summer berth maybe you try and see what's best next season.
With my old trip motoring through Delaware Bay hand steering was no fun. Add a foul current and golf looks interesting...

Standing & Running Rigging and Fitting/Tuning / Re: Rope Halyard
« on: February 11, 2021, 04:42:58 PM »
Thanks Ed.

Since the existing sheeves handle the rope side of my wire/rope halyards with their shape why would I need to swap out good working shelves.

Wouldn't the new halyard roll in the shelves like the rope half does now? Is the 1/4" size smaller that big of a deal?

Thanks again,


Electrical Systems & Electronics / Re: Raymarine EV-100 Autopilot
« on: February 10, 2021, 10:10:59 PM »
You can get by without updating firmware on a new wheel pilot especially if you are not interfacing with a plotter.
A Raymarine repair shop can update the firmware on the autopilot but you may not need to.

The current Echomaps have NMEA 2000- It isn't difficult to mate it to SeaTalk NG. You'll need a Raymarine adapter cable.

NMEA 0183 is well over 30 years old. NMEA 2000 is 20 years old and it is the basis for all the new networking the manufacturers are using today.  I believe the only difference between SeaTalk (NMEA 2000) and SeaTalk NG is nice small connector plugs that are easy to fish throughout the boat.

NMEA 2000 is much faster and allows more bandwidth for faster page refreshing than 0183.

Look into your Echomap and if it doesn't have NMEA 2000 let us know- Many have both 2000 and 0183.

Standing & Running Rigging and Fitting/Tuning / Re: Rope Halyard
« on: February 10, 2021, 12:51:01 PM »
Thanks Ed- Those photos sure look like my sheeve box.

I made this photo with a 420MM lens last year from the ground. It is such a long perspective it looks like the Windex will foul the antenna- it does not.

The 'flasher' sheeve and halyard have since been replaced LoL.
The block parted and the Flasher ended up in the sea-

You can see the 10-32 cap-head screws I installed with Heli-coils 20 years ago locating the masthead box to the mast. They came out like the day they were installed.

My DaD had brought a bucket of surplus aerospace quality stainless fasteners of all types home from the RCA AED skunkworks in 1970 where he had his own little fab shop.

It was my job to sort them and I HATED it.

He told me I'd learn to appreciate these fasteners when I was older and boy was he right. They are fantastic quality and I use them to this day. They are so fine the lock washers are barely visible. They are chamfered so perfectly they thread like butter.

When I installed my NASA Clipper wind instruments last season it was only 4 trips up the mast on webbing ladder to measure and install an aluminum bracket I made at home for the wireless wind vane using a couple slightly longer cap screws (on the other side).

I believe my sheeves are still turning on their bearings and the axels are free as well since I was able to lube them when installing the wind instruments.

I'd like to get another season out of this main halyard since I've got to replace the cabin top handrails and install a new solid-state boat speed transducer and its brainbox this Spring. The halyard's splice is not safe for a bosons chair. Its steel cable is on the winch once the main is up so that is secure.

Its been 18 years at least since I bought that rope to wire halyard. They seem very expensive now.

What is the upside of all rope halyards besides price and a little less weight aloft?

Thanks again Ed!

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