I converted all the lights to LEDs which I got cheap
off ebay. Most of my LEDs cost around $1. They seem to work
great and with almost all 20 or so of them running at once it uses about 6 amps, where previously 3 used 6amps. The major power
drawers will be the fridge and freezer
which use about 10A. I am not sure what the chain driver Autohelm
. I will have to get back on the exact model. I think its a 5000.
As for the gen set. Its an Apollo Diesel
but with a 12v alternator
on it rather than 110V. Which personally I think is better than 110 specially for me as we use 240V in Australia
. It uses much less fuel
and charges at a higher rate than the yanmar
. I did not install it. It came with the boat and was an attractive feature. It is mounted it the forward head compartment which is now the ships garage. The 18G tank is mounted aft of the forward head bulkhead under the lounge.
We have fitted our new main, genoa
and done one test run on the furling
screecher (at the dock) with the soft luff rope
and facnor furler
. We have not fitted the reefing lines to the main yet but I like the idea of blocks on the mast
. I actually have turning 2 blocks which came with the spares on the boat which may be suitable.
Hopefully soon we will have the boat in a state of order which will allow us to leave the dock
and do some sailing. We have just joined the puddle jump! Our chainplates appear solid and of a construction technique will looks almost bomb proof. I will have to take a look at the windlass
. But it has an isolation switch so I hope it has not been subjected to any stray currents.
One area of concern is my battery
bank. I have 4 trojan T145 6V which were new 2 years ago. Our boat was moved from Alimitos to Wilmington for a cheaper rate while we waited back in Australia
by our broker
. I mentioned that the charging
systems should be checked for correct operation before leaving the boat, but I came back to it with the radios and other gear running and the AC main breaker off so there was no charging
. The batteries
were flat. I charged them for 4 days with the oversized heart charger/inverter and done a load test on them with fridge and freezer
plus a few lights. I was down to 11.8V in 14 hours and the E meter registered only 180ah, which is not close to the 480 they are rated to.