I have through a great stroke of good fortune -- and through the incredible kindness of certain yachtsmen who don't even know me -- secured a mid-river mooring
in the River Hamble. I'm so happy that I'm -- to quote one former girlfriend of mine -- peeing down both legs. This is the most coveted berth in all of English
yachting -- they say here, when a son is born, the first two things you do are to put his name down on the waiting list at Eaton, and on the waiting list for a Hamble mooring
. The waiting list is about 15 years for the most common sized berths.
The new berth is almost free, which is a great relief after the nearly $20,000 a year I was paying in a certain marina on the Hamble. And it's in the middle of the river. So obviously there's no shore power
. And hence this thread.
I think I will not need solar
. I never leave the boat for more than a month at a time, so I think the batteries will be ok on their own. But for life on the mooring, I will need an inverter
, so I don't have to crank up the genset every time I need AC power. A small part of the money
I will save on the marina can be invested in this.
I am pretty much sold on the Victron inverter/chargers, which have great functions like using the inverter
to supplement shore power
when you have momentary loads which exceed your shore power capacity, and automatically cutting back charging current
when the power is needed for something else. The big question is what size. I have 440Ah * 24v of house batteries, so theoretically I could use charging
capacity up to 110 amps. But it seems kind of brutal, pumping 110 amps * 24v = 2.7kW into the poor battery
bank. On the other hand, I will want to be loading up the generator
(6.5kW Kohler) and keeping the generator
runs to a minimum.
Has anyone here faced this problem? Any advice?