|The big battery day has arrived! The batteries are AGM type ( glass mat from Magnacharge) and were around $500 each. We are going to have 4 of them, which I think is average for a boat this size. These are by trojan ( not to be confused with the computer viruses! ) and have about 240 amp/hours each. All together we will have 960 amp hours. This means we could power something like a light, that draws 1 amp, for 960 hours before the batteries fizzled out . Or we could power something that drew 960 amps ( like a "giant space laser" for example...) for 1 hour. The windlass draws about 120 amps, so we'd be pretty poor sailors to take 8 hours to set our anchor.|
|The top of the page image is
actually a musical video of us getting them, and the 110lb Bruce anchor,
in. Just wave your mouse over it if you haven't already by accident, or
right click it to "save as" if you can't view it in the browser. (.wmv)
The battery "box" is just that. Seated very low in the boat, completely below the water line, we found they just fit. This should be something that is planned far in advance.
|They fit very
tightly, and had to be stomped in place to get them down. I ended up hurting
my hand on the rope as I wasn't paying attention to the way it was pointing
with the rope wrapped around it 3 times when the battery let loose! Duh!
After lifting 4 batteries over the transom, across the cockpit, and into the
boat,, we were pretty pooped out. Good thing we didn't have 5, I couldn't
have done it.
The top of the box has a lid that will be gasketed and bolted down to seal it just in case. If it ever gets flooded, the bilge pumps can keep running at least. We have read stories of people holed by a dead head or cargo container, and the pumps would go for 1/2 hour then die because the contacts on the batteries were rotted quickly by salt water and electrolysis. We could never figure that out. Why have an electric pump, when the batteries are going to be flooded by the time it turns on? Hmmm.
|Late into the night I worked on
the little cabinet above the dining area. I had to be careful how far it
stuck out as it could become a head banging hazard. The panel for the
Xantrac inverter, battery monitor, the load diverter, bilge pump manual
control, and my little level indicator
They just barely all fit!
|The experience from past cabinet
building ( over the last few weeks ) has told me that maybe making the
shelving and frame as much as possible before putting it in would be a good
Tomorrow I will finish the right side as it is to be a book case for Gena.
The batteries aren't hooked up yet, but once they are I will be tempted into mounting the over head lights. My order of LEDs from hebeiltd.com, an LED manufacturer, just came in. Their prices are unbelievable. 1/5 of the cost from the states, for the same thing! And they actually communicate one on one if you have questions. I'll definitely refer them to anyone looking for LEDs.
11 hours - Brought up batteries and installed them, made cabinet over the dining area aft bulkhead.