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The surveyor noted the following about our new (to us) boat. Am wondering if anyone knows of a panel we can buy that has this insulation, or has suggestions for any other fix...


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the AC side of the panel is not isolated from the DC side by a “Dielectric” insulator.
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You mean like this? http://shop.sailnet.com/product_info...bution%20panel

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Or if you need new panel(s) anyway, check here for availability, then buy from the cheapest place: http://bluesea.com/

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I am not at home to access my library but I know for sure Don Casey storngly suggest NOT to have A/C and D/C on the same panel. I have just recently used three different books to help me design both AC and DC electrical systems for my boat. All three say it's not a good idea to combine both in one panel. The rational is, it's too easy to confuse things with all of the wiring being jumbled in a small space. They also strongly recommend not to have Ac and DC wires running close to each other.

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The panel looks good - has everything on it but I am looking and it doesn't say anything specific about "dielectric insulation" The Surveyor quoted ABYC E11 - the tech specs say that it conforms to some others but doesn't list that spec. I've never heard of it before ...
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Actually, in all my reading lately, I haven't heard of before either...

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I would agree, on seperate panels. When I redid mine, I used an AC panel with white toggles, and a DC with black toggles, just to further differentiate them.

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Wiring is in great condition, boat has been very well maintained, and we're spending some money on other things (beer) so I'm trying to figure out how important this is...
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Your wiring is only as good as what it's connected to. How old is the boat?

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Do you think the surveror might be referring to a gavonic isolator?
They use diodes to isolate the AC from DC to avoid stray current via the AC ground. I am installing one in my system but it complicates lightning protection from what I've read, nuthins easy...

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