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how? 1968 Outlaw electric power

we just got our first sailboat. 1968 Outlaw. I have a 21 ft Mako. How do I get power electrical power into the outlaw? She has an outboard in the well. Previous owner had no gps,radio... please advise

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The answer is that you add a deep cycle battery and connect your VHF, GPS, lights etc. to it through a fused 12V DC panel.
the next question is how to keep the battery charged. Four choices:
If you have dockside power...add a MARINE battery charger.
Add a solar panel to charge while you are away.
Get a Honda or similar gas portable generator.
Take the battery home and charge it using an automotive charger.

I'm sure you'll have more questions but thats the basics.

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Will a solar stik help me get more amps out of my batteries???

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Assuming you are talking a Oday Outlaw there are many O'day owners groups on the web. Generally speaking everything you would want to do has already been done by someone else (unless you want to put a 600hp motor on it

This is a good start:
O'Day Outlaw


The outlaw is (IIRC) a 20ft or so, Cam's post above highlights the basics.
The first thing you will need to do is decide exactly what you will be using the boat for. If it's simply day sailing you need no electric system at all - a handheld VHF and GPS will do, and save you a bunch of money.

Everything after that gets more complicated. If you want to use the boat as a overnighter you'll need anchor lights, running lights, steaming lights, interior lights etc., and you need to be sure the meet the requirements. No fear, google it up and the information is available.
Once you've figured what you want to do with the boat there are plenty of folks here that can help you lay out a system that will meet your needs.

Some thoughts.
A simple system:
1 deep cycle battery - $80 http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1|328|51495|306219&id=777510 (cheap and 'okay' for a weekend of small boat use).

1 4 circuit panel - $100 http://www.redsunfineart.com/files/p...gs-no-ham2.jpg

Switches, boards (plywood) wire and battery boxes, $100.
Lights, interior (2 or 3) $30-40

Masthead anchor light $40 http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1|17|295769|320396|320404&id=131699

It adds up quick always multiply estimates for costs by 3 and time by 4
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btw, even if you're only planning on daysailing the boat, it would be wise to have running and anchor lights on the boat. You never know when weather may cause you to stay out after nightfall or force you to anchor out overnight.

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Will a solar stik help me get more amps out of my batteries???
No...but it WILL force you to get your butt up from your computer evey hour and cut down your post count!

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