SailNet Community - View Single Post - 12 and 24 volts systems
View Single Post
  #5  
Old 11-28-2008
sailingdog's Avatar
sailingdog sailingdog is offline
Telstar 28
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: New England
Posts: 43,291
Thanks: 0
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Rep Power: 13
sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice
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.
__________________
Sailingdog

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Telstar 28
New England

You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.

—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)

If you're new to the Sailnet Forums... please read this
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
.

Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook