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Sounds like the alternator is going down to me.

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Mowjo, he might not have taken the revs up to the critical point.

Those who know about these things won't be surprised with this story, but I had a problem with my Safari 25 shortly after I bought it, in that the batteries weren't charging. It was my first boat so I was a complete greenhorn.

I had someone come to take a look and it transpired that the ignition light had blown (it was broken when I bought the boat and I didn't even miss it - that's how much I knew!). I was told that the bulb is part of the charging circuit. If the bulb isn't working, the alternator cannot charging the batteries.

Once the bulb was replaced I was told that whenever I started the engine I was to increase the revs (in neutral, of course) until the light went out, then reduce the revs and continue "as normal".

If this works for your new boat, all's well. If not.......BILL

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Hi Frank

Try this link for some info and fault finding tips.

T B Training

Some times our ignition light dosen't go out straight away and needs a gentle nudge with some revs.  Yes the bulb is an important part of the charging circuit.

Looking forward to seeing the new boat (assuming you'll still be moored same place).

Graeme


All right so what is the technical name, sharp end or pointy end?

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My 2.5 Thorneycroft does this all the time, just blip the throttle!

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You called, Smile  more one for Jason Sonny or Graham, although if the boat is not here yet it will have to wait.  Yes it could be a loose or mucky connection or it might be that a diode is on its way out in the alternator.  A little bit of testing with the right kit will prove the point.

Bill...(The Ancient Mardler)

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Thanks for the Advice Peoples, I have all the testers, but I'll try the throttle trick first, not to worried if it is a diode, I have a place about 100 yards away from me that repairs and recons Alternators, and I've heard he's cheap so even better,, the guy that started the boat for me just eased the throttle up a bit, so I'm hoping it's just a throttle thing as it sounds quite a common thing to happen,,
Regards Frank,,

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Frank my red light did the same ,it also went out with a blip on the throttle.another thing i had to do was to manually switch the key to the on position after it had returned back to position after heating and starting in order to get all the dials working so hopefully in will just be a case of how yours is wired

good luck with the new boat


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Thanks Finny, got my fingers crossed it just needs bliping, I know the guy turned the key to the far right and held it for a while before he turned it further right to start it, I think the key then sprang back to the pre-heat postition, someone said that in the key straight up position, thats where it should be when you pull the engine stop thingy out, but I'm not sure if there was one or two positions to the left, I just remember that in one of them the instruments all became live, and the other no readings showed at all, I'm wondering if my eyes were playing tricks and it was when the key was in the shut down position the the instruments didn't register, I know I sound pretty thick, but this will be my first Diesel boat and I havn't a clue about anything, I just don't want to risk damaging something before I even get out of the marina,The boats coming here on the 25th August and being slipped at Richo's yard, I'm sure if I have any problems someone there will put me right,,

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Hiya Frank mate,

The sooner you get another boat to fill the empty slot in the marina, the
better. I've been up there since Friday, and got fed up chasing away
interlopers looking at your mooring.

Have a look at the belt tension Frank, for the light problem.

Baz

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look forward to."

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Aug-04-2009 @ 8:22 PM                           Permalink
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Hi Baz! I tried to get in touch with David about my mooring space, but he's on holiday till Monday week, the guy I spoke had a look at the marina plan and said it's unlikely I can stay where I am, my 23 was the biggest boat in that section as it was, so he thinks David will move me, it's just a matter of where, I'm going to try and stay in that area, cos Judi has dodgy knees and can't walk too far, I'm hoping he'll swap me over and put me on your side as there are a few small boats there where bigger ones could be,,

Frank,,

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The one beside me Frank, is only about 15-20' long, and that includes
the outboard, in fact there are a few quite small ones there. I'm sure one
of them would change with you as I don't think they're moved too often to
be honest.


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