Directly connecting the SSB
to the batteries (with appropriate overcurrent protection) will bypass a lot of potential problems. However, it may not be necessary. On VALIS we have very short, heavy connections between the battery
bank and the main breaker panel. The SSB
is connected to it's own breaker on the panel. We have very little additional voltage drop at the radio
. and no ground-loop or interference
performance has been exemplary, as was demonstrated during the previous three Pacific Cup races, where we were the communications
I've seen plenty of power-distribution systems on other boats where a connection at the breaker panel would have resulted in horrible radio problems. If you have any question about your wiring
, definitely go for the direct connection.