Electrical

Dec
27
Victron GX now sends NMEA 2000

Victron GX now sends NMEA 2000

Victron has had a lot of impressive connectivity products, but one area they have had challenges with is in getting all of that data onto NMEA 2000. In their recent v2.40 release, that has changed for the better.
7 min read
Sep
21
Victron + Wakespeed + Battle Born power system

Victron + Wakespeed + Battle Born power system

I upgrade my power system with Battle Born batteries, Balmar alternators, and Wakespeed regulators to give me way more power and longer time at anchor.
29 min read
Oct
31
Installing and using a Victron LiFePO4 energy system

Installing and using a Victron LiFePO4 energy system

With my LiFePO4 power design complete, I was excited to install and use the new system for most of this sailing season. The installation took longer than a traditional battery installation, and had more complexity, but turned out to be a fantastic setup for the longer trips I went on this summer.
20 min read
Aug
15
Correcting the list - LiFePO4 power system design

Correcting the list - LiFePO4 power system design

Due to weight and features, I decided to convert my sailboat power system to LiFePO4. This article covers the design which settled on Victron components.
19 min read
Feb
21
Portable lithium jump starter for the sailboat

Portable lithium jump starter for the sailboat

I made a decision to have a single battery bank for both my house and starting needs on Grace. I use a NOCO Genius Boost jump starter to ensure I won't end up dead in the water. It gives me around 20 chances to start even if my entire battery bank is dead.
4 min read
Feb
17
Completed navigation panel

Completed navigation panel

I redesigned my nav and electrical panel, and finally got the parts to put it all together. A fun and beautiful project!
11 min read
Jan
21
Redesigning the nav and electrical panel

Redesigning the nav and electrical panel

My navigation and electrical panel has been in need of an update for a while. In addition, I have never liked the electrical circuit layout, and am out of DC circuits. I have a general design of what I would like, but still have not settled on a final solution for the electrical panel.
13 min read
May
09
USB power solutions are simple to add to your boat

USB power solutions are simple to add to your boat

Crew members on the sailboat expect to use their USB devices no matter where. Adding USB power throughout the boat is easy to do, and useful for the captain too.
4 min read
Dec
18
SmartThings keeps the boat warm during winter

SmartThings keeps the boat warm during winter

Using SmartThings to control heaters and monitor temperatures on your boat is a great way to ensure things are safe during the winter.
5 min read
Oct
20
Charging away from the dock

Charging away from the dock

Charging while away from the dock on the sailboat is a critical piece to enjoying your time on the water. In part 3 of my power upgrade project, I replace the alternator and regulator to ensure my new Firefly batteries are topped up.
5 min read