May I raise the question of experience with Mastervolt vs. Victron Combi inverters?
FWIW, our ADAGIO (Morrelli & Melvin custom 52) is enjoying year 13 since we launched her in Opua, NZ. She is averaging about 10,000nm/year as we passed the 130,000nm log on our way back west across the Pacific to Hobart.
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We have Mastervolt 24V, 230V gear
since build - three chargers, one 3500W inverter
. And Panda 10kW genset. It's the Mastervolt Mass 24/3500 inverter
that has just given up faithful duty. It is been running nearly 100% for 13 years in the completely dry machinery room - but has serious internal corrosion
in the area cooled by the muffin fan.
We think we can get by with a modern power boost unit like the MASS COMBI 24/2500-60. We don't need the extra charging
(already have 24V x 275A), but this seems the cheapest way to buy load-sharing or boost. In particular to boost typical wimpy 16A 230VAC shore power
when intermittent loads come on. This is not a Big Deal but a great convenience for times when we are marina-based.
I know a few boats with Mastervolt but don't happen to know any with Victron for comparison. The pricing here is about the same for the MASS COMBI 24/2500-60 and the VICTRON 24/3000/70-16a.
Following are some comments on Victron issues - the naturally biased source is NZ Mastervolt agent who supplied all our 1999 gear
, Panda genset, etc. The solid state vs. transformer design I know is correct. The rest I've not verified.
Victron: check their specs (exaggerated) - e.g., their 3000 Combi is really equivalent to the Mastervolt 2500. Mastervolt is fully solid state, lightweight. Victron is transformer-based, very heavy. NOTE Victron screaming will bug you depending on location installed.
A big one for me is that Victron no-load consumption
is very high, in idle state will use about 1, 2A on a 12V system. IP rating is one step down from Mastervolt (it's an industrial inverter) so corrosion
will be worse. Victron efficiency is a lot more peaky, whereas Mastervolt curve is much flatter.
I have to say that I trust my NZ source - who has always given us good advice and first-class service