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this Boat Refit is WAY MORE WORK than we thought

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Donald
May 10, 2021

Gidday guys,
your positive attitude while money bleeds out is a lesson to me in positivity, stay strong ๐Ÿ™‚

Maybe while your sparky is on board ask them if the cables between the panels and house battery would do better being much larger to allow Ash the a/c she deserves without running the engine. ๐Ÿ™‚ .

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    Ben
    May 10, 2021

    Thanks Donald. We’ve upgraded all of our DC wires from battery bank to/from inverter. Pretty stoked with the setup!

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      Donald Payne
      May 10, 2021

      How about from the panels to the battery?
      This by looking at your earlier video looking into the port sugar scoop showing the outback solar controller

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        Donald, Automotive Electrical Engineer, ultralight, boat sparky 38 years Christchurch New Zealand.
        May 10, 2021

        While everyone is smiling I’d see if I can get excellent charge and discharge v temperature and rate of discharge v number of cycles info on your battery & it’s equaliser. I’d learn it to off by heart so I know when I can run the a/c at more than a trickle in the evenings.
        I print off the curves and stick them to the toilet door and know them down pat. Then I’ve the best chance of using it to the max without stressing for discharge [ = more a/c ] , charge and still getting max number of cycles.

        I’d buy 1/2 dozen cheep $2 temp sensors, Pick ones that you can extend the sensor wire [ tinned [silver colour rather than copper ] thinnest speaker wire might work ] without the reading getting funky.
        Vaseline [ white with blue lid as used on baby’s bum ] the button battery area to squishing out. Mount in saloon to let you monitor equipment [ battery, alternator, solar controller, inverter [s], charger [s] temps easily under way. I find feeling equipment when I can so I learn normal then outside this an excellent indicator of a concern.
        If you can I’d look to get matching battery temperature sensors for your Outback solar controller, Victron [excellent gear ]. inverter / charger & alternator regulator to fit on the lithium battery so they dial back if it gets warm.
        As you are at the warmer equator you may have less margin so can’t charge as fast as a cooler climate, unless you have temperature compensating charge control.

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Gudrun Lilja and Vidir
May 10, 2021

Hey Ben, Just noticed your main mast harness. You should reconsider the locking mechanism. Use a lock carabiner instead of the fragile lock you are using. Best regards, Gudrun Lilja and Vidir from Iceland

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Gudrun Lilja and Vidir
May 10, 2021

Skรกl (prost, cheers) from Reykjavik, Iceland, you guys are living our dream ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

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