Called the guy from Best Marine Electrical to come give me a hand installing the alternator. Couldn’t figure out a precise time but supposedly he can come sometime next week or the following weekend; awaiting a callback. Really looking forward to being done with that and taking the boat out.
While he’s there I’ll renew the discussion about redoing the electrical system, now that I’ve had time to do some decently thorough research and know more or less what I want to do. That’s pretty much the following:
- Inverter/charger; I’m still not sure if I want to do 230V/50Hz or 120V/60Hz for the inverter — it’s a lot easier to get 230V stuff here (power tools, in particular), and I have an existing 230V microwave and window air conditioner, but most of the 230V inverters I’ve seen are more expensive; sometimes you just need to stack two 120V inverters, which would be really costly and take a lot of space. Also need to find an inverter/charger that accepts some different charging voltages so I don’t need a transformer outside of Singapore/Europe.
- Echo charge for charging the starter bank.
- New DC and AC panels, probably with 15-20 breakers for the DC panel and 4-6 for the AC panel. Probably I’ll get a digital volt/amp/etc meter as part of the panel, as most have a space for one. Likely I’ll also get integrated battery switches; even if not, I’d like a new switch. The new panels will move to the front of the existing “electrical cabinet”, I think, since it’s more accessible than behind the companionway steps. I’ll probably leave the ignition switch back there, but might try to move that near the instrument panel at the nav station.
- New properly supported and organized “core” wiring to all the breakers, and some new busbars for major circuits, particularly cabin lighting and nav station electronics.
- New batteries installed, and hopefully a slightly new placement closer to the center of the boat, with some good straps to hold everything in place.