To make this a long story.
Islander started making Freeports in 1978, our year. 1978 and 1979 were in my opinion the best years.
The later years they are still fine boats just less storage etc. Catalina Yachts started to put Islander out of business and they started to eliminate things on the boast to cut costs. Examples are the engine went from a Perkins to VW, the keel went from lead to iron. Cabinets were eliminated, the stairs and storage became a ladder. What year the boat you worked on would determin where the unit was located? On and on, the grab rails became smaller in dia and some eliminated, the area behind the nav station was eliminated and became just one large lazerett with no access from inside the boat. So our boat being a 78 has the access to behind the nav station from inside the boat which is separated from the lazerett. Also being a 1978 boat there not places to put things like a microwave (we do not have nor want one), water maker, AC\Heat and large charger\inverter etc. This makes choices limited. We chose an all in one unit for a couple reason and space was one.
We chose this location because of the heat and noise from the charger\inverter. We will be leaving in less than 6 months for cruising in Central America for an extended period and are trying to eliminate as much heat in the living area as possible. It is also out of the rain and weather.
Access is a bit tight but there does not need to be much access after it is running. We have a Link 2000 that remotely controls it. This unite we bought some years ago and never got it running. Our 485 watts of solar power supplies all our needs including hot water. We also have a wind generator installed but not completely wired yet. But we figure it is time to hook this up. Of course it has long gone out of warranty and as happens with electrical stuff a new model was released about three months after we bought it. Support has gotten much better though. So there you have it more than you wanted to know about this thing.
Also it can NOT be in the same area as the batteries.
So there you go.
I knew someone would as about the green tape on the cable. It is funky and looks way un-cool.
It was to combine two cables together to reach the batteries. We had re-located the batteries and were ordering new 0000 battery cables. Not all had been completed at that photo time , it is an old picture.
Since then that cable has been replaced. I’ll take some newer pictures. This one I am including is a bit newer I think.
This area is accessible from the lazerett if open and there is a cover to keep the rain out of the area.
This is a more recent picture. We are still doing a lot of wiring so it is still a mess.
Cabinet behind the nav station looking from inside the boat. There is a louvered door that covers this area.