This has been a slow quarter but we are making progress around the wheelhouse and on the foredeck.
The electrics have been planned for a long time, there are many pages of circuit diagrams waiting. Work has started on building the various control panels and boxes that will be needed, most of these will be installed in the engine room. Some of the meters are still to be found, it is difficult to find ruggedized versions of some of them.
This is just the beginning of building the various systems that are needed.
24v DC Distribution box
230v AC box, it monitors the inverter and shore power
Battery Monitor box
The three boxes here are for AC Power, DC Distribution and Battery Monitoring. The battery box includes the automatic engine room fan controls and the fire alarm system because they are interrelated. The AC box includes a mains frequency meter for which I had to design a driver/transducer circuit.
These panels use banks of very high quality circuit breakers (from Ditel in Spain) and rugged, sealed, military grade meters. They will connect to various other parts: an isolation transformer, charger, inverter, etc. made by the Dutch company, Victron.
Once installed all these boxes will be connected up with tinned copper cable.