is a Valiant 40, and she's undergoing a total refit
and cruised the Sea of Cortez
(pre-COVID), and realized I pretty much did everything wrong the first time on the Valiant, so now it's refit v2.0. Plan is to return to the Sea and maybe parts
beyond in a few years when the kid has launched. Until then it'll be a "island cruiser" and roam between Morro Bay and San Diego
(and probably Ensenada.)
I'm using the Victron stuff again, since it worked so well in the Sea. This time, however, I'm going to go with a Victron Inverter
. The stuff is all here piled at the house, along with two Chinese Lithium batteries
that have reviewed really well on multiple solar DIY
I really like the fancy controllers that Victron has, but they are pretty expensive. Luckily, Victron makes the OS and software
available for free (as in beer
.) I've always been a tinkerer and a fan of the Raspberry Pi. So I've built up a Venus controller with a 7" touch screen
on a Raspberry Pi 3B+ I had laying around. I must say, Victron has made this super easy. Downloaded the image, made a few configuration file changes, plugged the card into the Pi and it all worked.
I made a plywood
and started mounting bits. So far I have the battery monitor
and one of the MPPT
controllers up and running. I have some old 100W panels
I took off the trawler
(replaced with 300W) so I used one in the testbed. I had to order the cable for the Multiplus, so that'll have to wait until next week. But right now the battery monitor
controller are talking through VE.Direct USB adapters to the Raspberry Pi. I've got it connected to my home WiFi
and I can manage it remotely through a web browser.
My plan is to build everything in stages here at the house before dropping it all in the boat. The boat is currently on the hard
, probably for the next two months. I'm juggling work
and multiple other projects, so progress will likely be slow. I'll try and grab one of the fancy layout programs and sketch up a diagram.
If anyone else has, or is thinking about, going with the Raspberry Pi option for Victron I would love to hear your thoughts and/or experiences.
Sorry about the mess, but here's a picture of what is running so far...