Who: Grand Banks Owners – current, past, and future What: 2024 PSGBOA Rendezvous *** Keep It Simple Sailor, Part II *** Where: Roche Harbor, San Juan Island, WA When: May 8-12, 2024 How: By SEA or LAND or AIR
Don’t miss this annual gathering of all things Grand Banks!
Registration opens March 19, 2024. Watch for it!! Moorage reservations should be made with Roche Harbor through the App, Dockwa, starting in mid to late February. As in recent years, Roche Harbor will provide complimentary moorage for Wednesday night for those requesting moorage through Sunday May 12. If you plan to attend by land or otherwise require a room at Roche Harbor, make your reservation early. Five rooms have currently been reserved for event participants, first come / first served. When making your reservation, be sure to let Roche Harbor know you are with PSGBOA.
See you at the Rendezvous for camaraderie, education, fine food and beverages, and just plain old simple FUN! Questions? Email us at rendezvous at psgbowners dot org
Registration is now open for the 2023 PSGBOA Rendezvous!
This years event is all about K.I.S.S. – “Keepin’ It Simple Sailor”! We will have a great suite of relevant talks, lot’s of time for socializing and boat gawking, learning and sharing our experiences, and Sponsors on hand to walk us through what we need to know. And did we mention free beer?
If you have used Dockwa before, all of your boat specifics will already be part of your account so just click “Login”. If you have not used Dockwa before, then you can create an account by clicking “Sign Up”.
Roche will again be offering free moorage on Wednesday for boats that stay through Sunday. Events (and donuts!) start Thursday morning so you’ll definitely want to be there by Wednesday evening.
It’s going to be a great year of boating so start it out right by attending the Rendezvous and Keepin’ It Simple!
May 10-14, 2023 Registration opens March 22 Early Bird Registration Fee is $255 per Boat
Back by Popular Demand – Chef Shaw Cooking Demo! – lunch with a demo and wine in the beautiful McMillan Dining Room – make sure to sign up as attendance is limited and it is sure to sell out
Wednesday ~ Boats arrive and a BYOB Cocktail Welcome Party Thursday ~ Donuts, Speakers, Catered Welcome Banquet in the Pavilion Friday ~ More Speakers, Chef Shaw Cooking Demo (extra fee) ~ Sponsor Appreciation Event with free Beer!!! ~ Dinner at your leisure Saturday ~ More Speakers, Buses to Friday Harbor for Shopping, Farmers Market ~ Pot Luck Dinner followed by Entertainment on the Dock
Plus so much more!! Details coming soon. Information on how to make moorage reservations will be part of the registration process.
Registration is now open for the 2022 PSGBOA Rendezvous! We are returning to our traditional form Rendezvous since before pandemic restrictions and we are expecting a great turn out. Click the link below to fill out the form and for more details about the event. Early bird registration will be until April 4th. Payments are made online via PayPal only, however a PayPal account is not required.
Thank you for inviting me to speak at your Rendezvous this past September. If you missed it, I’m happy to send the notes from my presentation. With winter near, I thought I’d give a few quick tips to help those of you who have either wet, lead-acid batteries or Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) batteries. So please put on your safety glasses and a pair of nitrile gloves and let’s get to it. This should only take about 20-30 minutes and a few basic tools.
Tools: Combination (or adjustable) wrench for loosening the nuts on the cable terminal bolts, wire brush and a wire terminal cleaner (one that cleans inside the cable end and fits over the battery terminal), Digital Volt Meter (DVM), electrolyte hydrometer; a gallon of distilled water and a damp yellow microfiber rag for cleanup.
Loosen and remove cable ends to check for and remove any corrosion on your battery terminals. Even AGM batteries can develop corrosion because acid may wick from the battery up through the POS terminal to settle between your battery post and cable terminal. If you discover even a small bit of blue-green or white corrosion, remove the cable end from the battery and clean it away with a wire brush.
If you have terminal protection goop, check to see if it’s “di-electric” type. This type is NOT good to have between the terminal and the cable end as it is mostly silicone which acts as an insulator. Best practice is to clean your battery and cable terminals so they are CLEAN. Reassemble them, metal to metal, tighten everything. THEN you can smear a light coating of battery protection goop. Other spray-on types of battery protectant material, or smear-on types, are fine when applied sparingly and after everything is tight and done. Keep in mind that you are only trying to keep the hydrogen gas off the metal, not decorate a cake! 😉
Check your electrolyte levels with a hydrometer (clearly, not possible with AGM models). If you have enough fluid to suck up into the hydrometer, then you probably have enough fluid in the cell that is above the plates. You should have about 3/8” to ½” deep electrolyte above the plates in your battery. Batteries are low on Charge? Add just enough to cover the plates before you charge them. The level will rise when you charge them so be sparing. When they are fully charged, add just enough more distilled water to get that 3/8” to ½” of electrolyte above the plates. Batteries fully charged? You only need to add enough distilled water to get that 3/8” to ½” level.
Your fully charged batteries at rest (not influenced by your charger having been ON for at least 6 hours) should indicate about 12.6-12.7 volts on your digital volt meter or 1.265 to 1.275 specific gravity reading on your hydrometer. AGM batteries’ voltage should be slightly higher at 12.7 to 12.8v.
If all is clean and protected, and your batteries are being charged at 13.2v DC (for wet, lead-acid) and 13.4v DC for AGM batteries, then you are all set for the winter PROVIDED you either set your charger (or inverter) to periodically discharge your batteries (say, 2x per month) down to 12.1 volts, or you make a promise to yourself to go boating and accomplish the same thing. Enjoy the winter and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.