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post #5 of Old 11-28-2008
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The problem with installing a 12 VDC system is the wiring is often undersized for a 12 VDC system, which has higher amperages than a 24 VDC system. I would recommend you get a 24 VDC to 12 VDC converter that can handle the amperage draw of your windlass and just leave the boat wired for 24 VDC.

What might be a good compromise is to get a smaller DC-to-DC converter and install a windlass battery up near the anchor locker. Then use the smaller DC-to-DC converter to power a charger to keep the 12 VDC windlass battery charged.

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