Hi, I'm in Kingston, not far from your destination
on Lake Ontario
. You'll have fun doing the Welland...at least you are going downhill, which is faster and easier.
You said you are going to a marina this year. So this year...DO NOTHING...you'll have plenty of power at the dock
from your big yellow cord. This will give you some time to get to know your boat, your battery bank, and your power consumption
Now, more thoughts:
A generator will drive you mad. The noise and exhaust
will get to you. And your neighbours will hate you too (especially at a quiet anchorage while you run your genny all night). Plus there's fuel
, and maintenance
, and where do you put it? Unless you are a big ship, the generator is the fools way out.
: The fridge is the biggest user of power. Your money
is better spent on more insulation
. A cold FULL fridge will stay cold at least a whole day, even if you have to fill it with cans of ice cold beer
as thermal ballast. Also, you run the fridge when you run the engine
. If you are cruising lake ontario
, thats likely every day. And finally you can supplement your fridge with a block of ice which costs about $3cdn. If you bought a block of ice every day for our short sailing season, that would be only $180. Most likely you would use much less. I have no refrigeration, and spend maybe $30 a year on ice, and have all the cold drinks I can handle.
Lights: You have the right idea with LED lights
. Replacement bulbs (12volt led) are still pricey. You can get a whole new marine
LED light fixture (with LED bulbs in it) at canadian tire for under $20. Same thing at west marine for $60. Don't forget the running lights and mast
: Unless you have a mammoth chart plotter, class A AIS
, or radar
take almost no power.
Computer: I assume you use a laptop
? You can recharge your laptop
from your house bank with an inexpensive, low power inverter
. My son charges his all day on my boat, with very little affect on the house battery volts. You would be better off investing in a 12volt (car) power adapter...these things cost like $50, but are far more efficient than inverting 12v up to 110, then down to 19v with your regular laptop wall plug adapter.
BATTERIES: A boat your size should have at least 2 deep cycle batteries for the house bank. Given your stated needs, that would give you plenty of reserve power.
WIND: The AIR MARINE is cheap
, easy to mount (on a pole) and makes tons of power. At my end of Lake Ontario
its windy every single
day of the summer. Wind is definitely the way to go here. Solar is great too, but as stated previously, it takes a lot of real estate...so unless you have a cockpit
arch or davits
, they are hard to place. However, they are great at keeping your batteries topped up silently and effortlessly.