So my 1938 Steel project
boat has been chewing up zincs at a pretty alarming rate. Today I finally dug in there and had a look around.
note the disconnected ground on the main shorepower inlet. I know that flat connectors are a no-no, but surely the 'nut method' is safe, right?
But here is the Pièce de résistance!! the main ground bus, with every single
circuit's neutral and ground crimped into a single
Hmm, on second thought, I guess I still don't actually know what is causing the zincs to dissolve. UG. re-wiring was not on my project
list for a while, but I guess I gotta at least do a proper inlet and one working circuit
I do have a few questions though. The boat is currently setup for a generator
, (but there is not one installed) and I think I'm going to do away with that completely and build a custom dc generator/watermaker setup. Unless anyone has a compelling reason I need 120? I'm not going to have Air Cond or a microwave, so do I need anything more than an inverter
Here's the current
I like the idea of being able to switch input to other systems, but honestly I have no clue how to wire such a setup up. Wouldn't I need like a separate 50 amp 240 inlet and then this switch would just split off one phase and drop the other? And how does the Cycle selector work?
I have a lot of 120 breakers, and very few 12v ones, and I want to switch that around. The PO re-did the 12v and has just a few mains that feed fuse blocks closer to the devices, scattered around the boat. I think I want to do the exact opposite of that and get rid of as many fuses
as possible & replace with breakers, unless there's a compelling reason to leave as-is?
I'm also planning on totally ditching 120 lighting
in favor of 12v LED. But how many outlets is a good rule
of thumb per breaker? I'm thinking I will rarely use 15a total, maybe a seperate circuit for tv/stereo one for computer, and then all of the other outlets? Or again is there a compelling reason to split the boat up into smaller areas? Does the head
(outlets) *need* its own breaker?
I'm interested in minimalist panels
and how they have worked out for you.
I'm thinking of:
heater (currently has 120 but will probably put in a webasto instead)
nav station (computer)
and that's it for 120 breakers am I missing anything important? boat is 36' and am thinking of only 30 amp, but would it be useful to have 50 on a world-cruising boat?