Great to hear from you. Always good to see the different opinions of the dealers.
Hyres is on the south coast. How does your boat get there? I checked with my dealer for the land transport to southern France
and it was over 20 000 Euro. Ouch! Or are you also picking yours up in Les Sables?
I am going to the Paris boat show
. Will you be there too?
I currently own a Bavaria 40 mono hull and have sailed her over 8000 NM over the last two years on the North American west coast from south Vancouver Island, BC, to Glacier Bay, Alaska
I have a Raymarine
E120 (not the new wide version) on my current boat and I like it. No problems. I was on a 60’ catamaran
crossing the south Pacific
earlier this year and they had 3 Garmin
5012’s on board. I like the Raymarine
better. I did the chart plotter installation
myself on my current boat, as the dealer said what I wanted could not be done. Well, it could and works great.
My dealer also wanted to push the 11KW Onan on me. I did a lot of reading, as I do not like the generator
to be run at only 10-20% load most of the time, when the high loads only occur less than 5% of the time.
Take a look at this web page
White papers - Victron Energy
and read the PDF’s for
- “Energy Unlimited”
- “Achieving the impossible”
- “Maine generator test 2007”
You will find a lot of arguments for a smaller generator.
My dealer says they a ‘not quiet’. We are chartering an L450 in two weeks, and I hope it has electrical
toilets, so I can test myself.
I looked at the energy consumption
of the Dessalator and I believe it was more than 4 times as high per liter than the Spectra. Spectra runs at about 5 Wh/L , all others I found run at 15-30 Wh/L. That is 3 to 6 times more energy used.
I use my current boat at the west coast of Canada
, and winters here are wet and cold. However, I have not used my diesel
heater much yet. In the winter we usually go on shorter cruises and then stay in a marina over night. There we just hook up a standard electric
heater with fan to the shore power
. Much less noise
too for better sleep. Dometic says their AC in heat mode works down to 5 degrees Celsius. Our water
temperature never goes below 8 degrees here in the far north. The only time I saw 4 degrees water
temperature, was when we parked close to a calving glacier So for the few times I need the heat I will live with the AC in reverse mode. If that fails I will put a small electric
heater into my cabin
for the 2 or 3 really cold nights.
I doubt you will need heat in the Med. A little bit of sun should warm up the boat interior
I find the Lagoon price
for the solar
very high at $8340. You can find the Kyocera
at under $500 a piece. A MPPT charger
at about $500. A frame for the davits
should be not more than $800. For a total of $2800 with 3 panels plus some labor. That is a good saving.
What is that 4-burner gas solution?
The simplest would be to just install a auto adjusting high amp charger
(at least 80A) and run a decent size inverter
. Would not cover the AC unless you have only one unit running at a time. The chargers automatically adjust to the anything between 100-260V and 45-65Hz. This means you are covered for anything the world uses. Victron (Centaur line) and Mastervolt make them.
A friend of mine just hooks up his 220V-system boat to the split phase 110V US system. Split phase means that you have two lines at 110V each, but 180 degrees shifted. This results in 220V, but at 60 Hz. Most equipment
is supposed to run with that. Have to check with Dometic if the AC will handle it.
But it is easiest to install a high amp multi-voltage charger and an inverter
What does your dealer recommend for the double throttle control at the nav station?
What are your plans after the delivery?