Originally Posted by GoingWalkabout
.......... Basically they have no idea what they are doing.
So true about so many electrical
systems of ANY kind on boats from builders. Most (but NOT all) simply don't get it, at all.
I remember when Nigel Calder was tricking out his new Cabo Rico
. He had to do so much work to get the basic electrical system
right (i.e., before solar) that he might have been better off just starting from scratch.
boxes too small or too low or both for golf cart batteries.
output run to the C post of the 1-2-B switch instead of to the house bank and using a VSR (of any type). IIRC, skippers were using oil
pressure sensors to do just that back in the 50s!!!
Ever hear of battery
monitors? Could be "standard" on all new boats, but nooooooooo.
The list is endless. The repeated discussions on this and every other boating forum about HAVING TO upgrade electrical
systems if one wants to do more than marina hopping is truly frightening.
The only other reason I can think of (besides lowest first cost for builders and "every one else does it that way") is: we build for marina hoppers, if you want to use your boat differently, then by all means, enhance your electrical system
, but what we build "will work."
My experience has indicated to me that other than the fine respondents here on this forum, a vast majority of new-to-them boat owners, and perhaps even more new boat owners, have NO grasp whatsoever about boat electrical systems.
The fact that once they buy the boats and figure out what doesn't work when they want to spend more than one night at anchor
, is interesting. The basics have been documented all over the web, and in some places very well done, i.e., Maine
Sail's website, so it's becoming easier to answer the same old same old questions that come up over and over again.
You know, the ones that start off with: "I don't know how much power I use or how big my battery bank should be. Can you help?"
Adding solar to that toxic mix would be very interesting.