Hi, folks !
... I am new here. Actually I am in my own plannings for "living on a boat" from 2016 on. I am a big fan of multihulls and the boat shall become a Trimaran
, for living + working.
As most of you know Trimaran
only can deliver their potentials to the owner if they are built light weighted... and kept leight weighted (no heavy loads).
So I am researching the sales market internationally to find an adequate boat/trimaran.
It shall be in the range of 38/39 foot... eventually up to 40-50 foot (so far it is a boat in the prize range of my total budget). Something like this...
Mostly all the boats I have looked out have Solar
, regularly 1 or 2 tiny solar panels
on the amas (outriggers), e.g. this 40 Footer Tri
... rarely on the sprayhood roof (fixed on a hardtop frame) or astern on a stand, e.g. this 50 Footer has and rarely seen on trimarans.
So its clear:
I have to get a feeling for the dimensions of an expanded solar
system newly... as first step to get an idea for the budget
(roughly pre-calculated) as the existing solar sytems wont have the dimensions I will need.
Does exist a kind of Excel Sheet to calculate the size of batteries + solar system, eventually in combination with Wind Energy or (Hdryo-Energy propellor) ?
As I (have to) work on board as cultural journalist roughly 50 % of the monthly time, mainly I will use different laptops/tablet pcs (regularly 3), screens (4x), file server with backup sytem (4x hard discs), 1x mini printer and WIFI/LTE system (router) for Internet
access front coast... and some few recording equipment
for a mobile radio
The regular work process is to run at least 2-3 laptops parallel (10 hours), plus file server with backup system (24 hoursx7d)... temporarily the studio equipment
(all mounted in a 19' rack) will be used for 3-4 hours within one recording session (e.g. mixer panel, external midi sound cards, active microphone, compressor/gate for sound signal processing, loudspeakers).
Beside this working station the boat shall get an infra structure to be independently, e.g. hot/cold water
pump sytem (at least deckshow), hot water
shall come from propan/butan gas terme, so no big hotwater tank... and for fresh water - as Trimarans only have small tanks
- is required water maker... ...and for all year cruising it needs a heating
system (probably propan/butan gas).
can be done with solar stoven, seperately.
The boat shall be equipped for auto-piloting (probably Windfane is not suitable for a a speedy Tri so it needs 2 electric
autopilots, one in reserves), navi electronics
(following SOLAS standard) e.g. Copass, GPS
, chart plotter and all other electronic devices (sonar, wind
, speed log, vhs with AIS)... plus routing planning using one of the racing
programmes and electronic weather
maps on a laptop
The light system (position lights, deck
lights) shall become LED.
If possible I try to avoid a diesel generator
the batteries as a Trimaran only has very small gasoline tanks
. Tris only have small diesel
engines, some even only an outborder.
Lets see if it is possible to realize my dream. If you have a kind of excel sheet or another tool for pre-calculating the system I'd be very thankfully.
Tks in advance for giving attention and your advices.
Happy & Safe Sailing !
(P.S.: If you are interested in Trimarans, I am documenting my search for the boat on a small blog here: https://trienthusiasts.wordpress.com