I have a general question regarding location for various electrical
power supply components on the boat.
For example, I currently have a completely sealed battery charger
(i.e. waterproof), located in the port locker. It is small, with a max current
of about 10 amps. I am replacing it with a larger, more capable unit (maybe a charger/inverter, haven't decided yet). These larger units all have vent louvers in the case, I assume to allow natural convection to cool the unit during operation.
So, is it okay to put one of these non-waterproof chargers in the cockpit
locker, or should I look for a place inside the cabin
? Of course, I would put it in an area shielded from the locker top-opening door, but still there is potential for moisture or condensation
in the locker.
If located inside of the cabin
, is there a big issue with heat generation inside? Also if inside, I assume it can't be boxed in -- needs free-flow of air for cooling
Same questions for an isolation transformer.
Frankly I don't have much room inside of the cabin, so I hope it can be the locker.