Click For Dockwise
Click for Lurssen
Click for MCC
Click for Ferretti
Click for Pacific Mariner
Click for DeAngelo
Go Back   YachtForums.Com > GENERAL YACHTING DISCUSSION > Technical Discussion > Meridian 381 Thrusters

Login to YachtForums
Username
Password

Reply

Meridian 381 Thrusters

 
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 11-04-2009, 11:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Newport Beach
Posts: 2
Meridian 381 Thrusters

I've been having problems with my thrusters. For awhile they were really weak..and now they just stopped working. Any ideas?
Newportsailor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2009, 05:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Pascal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Miami, FL
Posts: 2,344
start with checking the power source... do they have dedicated batteries? if so , how are they charged? check the connections for corrosion, loose wires including those at the switches.

if they dont have dedicated batteries, see what they run off? house bank? start bank? check voltage with the thruster off, then as someone turns them off and see how bad it drops.

that said, coffee grindders on a 40 footer are completly uncessary except in really bad docking situations.
Pascal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2009, 06:15 AM   #3 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Henning's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Ft Lauderdale FL
Posts: 943
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pascal
that said, coffee grindders on a 40 footer are completly uncessary except in really bad docking situations.
Back in the day we didn't even get thrusters on 160s, the Halter 185s were the smallest boats that had thrusters. The other day I saw a 26' boat on a trailer with a thruster....

That said, Pascal has it right, you most likely have a dedicated battery for it and the charger is turned off/breaker tripped.
Henning is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2009, 09:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
NYCAP123's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 7,754
Murphy's Law dictates that if you use thrusters in place of skill they will fail when you need them most. Worse still, I get the impression that you're using both bow AND stern thrusters. You've probably drained the batteries, but you may have simply worn out those motors. Do they go weak or die or do they simply not have the desired grab. You may also have damaged or loosened the blades. Use the thrusters sparingly.
NYCAP123 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2009, 11:40 AM   #5 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Newport Beach
Posts: 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by NYCAP123
Murphy's Law dictates that if you use thrusters in place of skill they will fail when you need them most. Worse still, I get the impression that you're using both bow AND stern thrusters. You've probably drained the batteries, but you may have simply worn out those motors. Do they go weak or die or do they simply not have the desired grab. You may also have damaged or loosened the blades. Use the thrusters sparingly.
Yes it was working very weak at first and now it doesn't work at all. As far as I know it has dedicated batteries and the levels are fine in them. We were using both....the spot is kind of tight but personally I can get it in just fine, but not everyone has the same comfort level as me. Its actually a friend of mine's boat and he asked if I could help do a little research on the problem.
Newportsailor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2009, 09:32 PM   #6 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Fort Lauderdale
Posts: 5,699
Quote:
Originally Posted by Newportsailor
Yes it was working very weak at first and now it doesn't work at all. As far as I know it has dedicated batteries and the levels are fine in them. We were using both....the spot is kind of tight but personally I can get it in just fine, but not everyone has the same comfort level as me. Its actually a friend of mine's boat and he asked if I could help do a little research on the problem.
Chances are the battery(s) for the thrusters is shot. Check the water level in those batteries, but a lot of times the water gets low and then you lay on them and short out a cell in the battery and it's done.......
Capt J is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are EST. The time now is 06:00 PM.

Click for McConaghy
Click for Moonen
Click for Oceanco
Click for McKinna
Click for Llebroc
Click for Trinity


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2