Originally Posted by btrayfors
Easiest way would be to install a new battery charger with "world power" capability, such as the Sterling or ProMariner Ultra 60A chargers.
Doing this for one of my customers now who's in the same situation, I.e., taking a 120VAC/60cycle boat to Europe.
I'd really think twice about a "complete conversion""..... Prohibitively expensive and most likely not necessary.
Agreed, unless you are keeping the boat in Europe permanantly, this is by far the easiest and cheapest solution.
FYI, a 600w fridge/freezer can EASILY run off an inverter. I personally have a 3000w Inverter on my boat connected to 4x185ah deep cycle batteries, supplimented with 300w of solar
and a wind
gen' and only need to run an engine
or my own genny once every couple of days to top them up. I'm not light on power usage either, having a domestic combination microwave, full sized tv, home PC, etc.
Remember, it's not drawing power all the time for a start and if you need to top up the batteries when not connected to shore power, your 110v genny should be able to cope with that no problem.
Sure, the combination charger and inverter isn't the most efficient setup but chnaging the entire boat including your genny will cost 1000's.
I'd only do the complete conversion if I intended to put the boat up for sale
in Europe in the future as a 110v boat would be harder to shift.