I just bought a 25' 1979 Catalina
and have been working on it for the past 2 months, I've refinished all the woodwork, power-washed, painted and now I am at the electronics
part. It is a standard wiring
system, with a battery
selector switch, and a fuse panel.
I want to be able to use a laptop
, charge my GPS/phone, and use a washdown pump for showers/cleaning occasionally, in addition to all the other obvious things (bilge pump/nav. lights). I also have an electric outboard
on my dinghy
which i would use rarely for landing on beaches.
Im looking at getting a solar
panel, and a larger deep cycle battery
. I have two similarly sized batteries now, and will want to keep them, that way, even if the dinghy
battery is being used, I can still have two batteries on board.
The question is... What size battery should I get, and what size solar
panel would be sufficient to keep it charged if I will only use the boat on weekends, thanks in advance for your time. I would find this info on my own, but trying to understand electricity and watts/amps/volts (even after reading for hours and hours) makes my head