Power System Design

Grace came with a very basic power system which had some major problems. Having completely redone the power system on Jammy, and wanting to have all the comforts of home, it was important to make sure the new system was well thought out and reliable. I chose to use MasterVolt as the primary charging, distribution and control system, Balmar for engine power management, and Firefly carbon foam AGM batteries as the heart.

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Solar simplification

My ongoing solar project at our family cabin in Eastern Washington took a simplification turn this last weekend. Much of what I've learned rewiring boats and working on DC systems has helped me fine-tune this installation, and it will be helpful when working on and installing solar systems on my sailboat. In October 2015, I had tried to adjust my system to be more reliable and add some functionality. Since then, I've made some major changes and compromises.

Terminal fuse blocks saved my batteries

After installing the final piece to my MasterVolt DC and AC power project (more on that in a huge post coming soon) I began having issues with battery capacity and engine starting. After a lot of investigation, and the decision to re-cable most of the original (old) and hand made (me) cables, I found the real reason that things were awry. I had added a BlueSea Terminal Fuse Block to every battery when I installed my new Firefly batteries a few months ago. I had used these on my previous boat Jammy, and loved how compact and useful they were, while providing excellent fusing right at the battery terminal.

Best drink holder ever?

It seems like I have been in a perpetual search for ways to hold cups, glasses, cans, and other drinks while underway. That's why I was very excited after hearing about a new universal drink holder made by Zarcor. They are the manufacturer of a number of other products that you should definitely look into if you have a boat. My favorite project this last year was replacing my cockpit hatch boards with custom doors which they made. This new universal drink holder is made of the same high quality Star Board material, crafted with a few neat tricks to help your drinks stay on board.

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