Electrical

Sep
29
The arteries and veins of your electrical system

The arteries and veins of your electrical system

The arteries and veins of your electrical system are the wires, and you need to ensure they are taken care of just as much as the batteries and other parts. In part 2 of my power system upgrade, I replace the majority of my main system wiring to ensure a healthy system.
5 min read
Sep
20
Power System Design

Power System Design

Grace came with a very basic power system which had some major problems. I chose to update it using MasterVolt as the primary charging, distribution and control system, Balmar for engine power management, and Firefly carbon foam batteries as the heart.
9 min read
Sep
12
Solar simplification

Solar simplification

My ongoing solar project at our family cabin in Eastern Washington took a simplification turn this last weekend. Much of what I’ve learned rewiring boats and working on DC systems has helped me fine-tune this installation.
7 min read
Aug
21
Terminal fuse blocks saved my batteries

Terminal fuse blocks saved my batteries

BlueSea terminal fuse blocks saved my Firefly batteries from damage after a short circuit.
2 min read
Jun
01
Grace's integrated 5 part network

Grace's integrated 5 part network

Large sailboat network including NMEA 2000, SeaTalk, MasterBus, WiFi and ethernet. I believe in deeply integrated and instrumented systems, and want to know everything about anything, anywhere.
11 min read
Oct
07
Solar learning curve

Solar learning curve

A month or so ago we had some brazen trespassers [http://photos.stevem.net/Cabin/Trespassers/] at our family cabin
4 min read
Feb
25
BlueSea Terminal Fuse Block, a great innovation

BlueSea Terminal Fuse Block, a great innovation

This weekend I am replacing all three batteries on the boat as a result of damage from a crappy battery
1 min read
Feb
13
When power goes wrong

When power goes wrong

Yesterday I made a trip down to the sailboat to do a few things, and when I arrived, I noticed
2 min read