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Old 05-15-2012
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When I first bought my boat, she was very, very basic-

Atomic-4 with an alternator, the basic navigation and cabin lights, and two DC outlets that resemble AC outlets, for portable DC lights and accessories.

First thing I've done is find a great, 6 watt solar panel from Bacon Sails, to keep the batteries topped up when away from the dock.

Next, I installed a Marinco 30 amp shore power inlet, and ran 9' of 10/3 AWG wire to the proposed breaker location.
Yesterday, I finally installed an 8 position (plus main) Blue Sea Systems AC breaker panel.

The install is pretty clean so far. The wiring is properly supported, proper gauge, proper length, and chafe-protected. The final steps are to install three branch circuits, and an onboard battery charger.

Best of all, I was intelligent enough to measure everything out to upgrade from the original Pearson DC panel, to a better, Blue Sea Systems DC panel in the future.

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Looks good. Make sure the first outlet in any circuit is a GCFI.

Actually main plus 6 circuits. That is Blue Seas most popular AC panel.
Living aboard in Victoria Harbour
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