I'm working on a general, boat-wide electrical
upgrade. Currently, half the wire is household stuff, and most of it is held together by wire nuts. Even in the bilge
... it's impressive stuff, really.
The boat is an O'Day 37, center cockpit
, with the battery
bank under the cockpit
next to the engine
compartment. So all wires have to be sized for being in an engine
So here's my plan, in general.
Direct Link: http://www.goodlifetravel.info/Flyin...VCloudElec.pdf
(The .pdf scanned in upside down... I'm still learning
to use that 20 year old technology, so bear with me on that one.)
At any rate, my current
(no pun intended) needs are pretty minimal... no windlass
, no A/C, no shore power
(except to plug
in a Xantrex battery charger
when convenient), no refrigeration
, and none of those sexy gps/chartplotter/etc things.
I do plan on adding much of that stuff in the 6 and 12 month plans. The next upgrade is for solar
power, then refrigeration
, then maybe wind
power, and probably a 12v TV at some point.
So while you'll see "future wind" and "future solar" on the diagram, they are just place holders.. no wires or anything will be run for them.
The only other point of clarification is that I haven't drawn out the post-DC panel stuff. Cabin
lights and the like... this schematic is primarily for the 'big wires'. I'll address the little stuff down the road.
That said, here's what will be coming off the forward DC panel:
Nav and engine instruments (currently, this means tach/wind guage/depth/idiot lights)
Lights (spreader/steam/anchor/masthead all-around)
lights (also includes a trio of fans, these are currently incandescent, but they will be upgraded on the 6 month plan)
Probably something else that will go here, as appropriate
From the Aft DC panel:
And again, probably something else
At both the forward and aft panels
, I'll have a negative buss bar.
The boat is new to me, so I can't speak to specific loads (beyond what the mfr tells me). I do intend to up the house bank to 4 group 27's when I put in solar
Thanks for your thoughts.. lord knows I've got a lot to learn!