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Old 04-22-2007
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Electricity (European to American)

I have found a couple of Privilege cats that I am planning to travel to see. One is set up with standard North American power 110V 60 hz and the other one is set up with 230-240V / 50 hz. I have read articles about Eurpean power conversion considerations for N.A. boats visiting European waters but I have not seen anything regarding the opposite.

The European boat that interests me has lots of electronics, and electrical stuff and it is likely that the wiring and fuses are all designed for 230 Volts. A partial option would seem to be to install an isolation transformer to boost N.A. power up to the 230 volts (the isolation transformer would also protect against galvanic corrosion from shore power I have read).

This seems to me to only be a partial fix because the 50 hz vs. 60 hz would still be a problem for anything with a motor in it particularly. I am not aware that hz is changed in such transformers as well as the voltage but I assume would rather require a more complicated electric motor/generator system I believe to run ship systems like an air conditioner, fridge & freezer while hooked up to land.

Does anyone have suggestions or referrals to articles that have been written on this subject from others experiences?
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