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3 years 3 months ago #3467 by Jim phillips
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WOW! I have got to print this out and read it! Seriously these posts give us so much great info. Thank you!

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3 years 3 months ago #3474 by Jim phillips
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When you say sealing crimp points is that with heat shrink connectors?
Thank you!

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3 years 3 months ago #3475 by Jim phillips
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Grace... again I love this website. If I can ask what solar controller did you buy? I bought solar output meters so I will know what is coming into our system.

I bought the book!

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3 years 3 months ago #3476 by Jim phillips
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Kevin
Amen to that! Pulling out speaker wire the other day and one was hot and went behind the stern head. My voltmeter is my dearest friend. My wife found a pile of breakers that were marked "bad" and a monster AC 4 up breaker that the handles were broken off marked "good"

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3 years 3 months ago #3477 by Kevin Asbury
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Hi Jim,

I have a very similar situation as part of the original wire is behind bulkheads that i don't want to pull. I am cutting them back as far as I can, removing all power, and noting to remove when i have to service anything behind those bulkheads. One other thing I found works great is a tone sniffer where you hook on the wire and you can follow it by listening to the sound on the wire. I got one at Harbor Freight and it is a god send along with my meter. Especially as all my panel is out with the exception of unswitched to the bilge pumps and my inverter/generator system. As that runs on seperate house bank I did that first so I could have cold beer as I worked. Priorities. 12V system is next.

I simply replaced all the breakers on the boat as well as backing each circuit with fuses in front of the breakers. It was a few more wires and dollars but worth it to me. I also am using round lugs on everything and got rid of the spade lugs. In addition on my controllers and connections that takes a wire like the charge controllers, I put a pin lug and then I heat shrink all with marine heat shrink. My schedule went to shit on this project but I figure I am learning the cruising style where you do it right and don't worry about the timeline. Much like waiting for a weather window. Only thing that stinks is I really want to go sailing but I must have this wiring complete first. :-)

Like you, I printed all the notes these guys were kind enough to share. i will review them this weekend when I get back to the boat and modify if I think it is applicable to my boat. I am always open to new ideas and better ways to do things.

Good luck on your wiring. Cheers!

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3 years 3 months ago #3478 by Kevin Asbury
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Hi Grace,

Thanks for the notes. I have separate solar for start and house batteries. If I need to parallel I am also using jumper cables \. My alternator only charges the start battery although I have a VSR on a separate isolation switch if I ever need to charge to house bank. I am using a victron multiplus to handle my generator/shore power and charging from AC buss. It has a built in AC isolation and will switch over once the generator is stable.

Thanks for the diagram. I am also going to get a external regulator down the road. All my instruments are fired from the lightning so I am replacing with old style engine gauges for now and using a camera on an ipad to monitor while I am motoring. I have mechanical oil pressure, tach, and temperature. Next I will put alarms on them but now I just have to be diligent.

I'll draw my system out when I am done. It keeps evolving as I originally was going to add a bunch of stuff but now I just want it simple so I can sail. Just more junk to get fried by lightning. LOL


Cheers

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