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You boat was meant for sailing, you might as well keep it that way. By going with 12v, you'll have all the light you need when you are sailing (assuming battery capacity is sufficient, etc.) Bravo on your choice.
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I would also recommend the 12V option. You wont need as many in smaller boat, and if you have the 120V lights in some locations it may overpower some of the 12v lights and make things look dimmer in other parts of the boat.

I am also a big fan of being able to sail away with everything you use on a day to day basis. Besides, isnt that the point anyways?
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If your batteries are charging then Check your meter using your car battery to see if it is accurate.

Originally Posted by TonyInNewportOregon View Post
On the topic of chargers and lighting, I'm was an electrician in the Navy and should know this, but don't:

My first night on my boat (last December), I checked my charger because ... well, long story full of problems. The point is, my 120-12 volt converter is putting out amps, but the voltage output is only 10 volts. I don't understand: in order to charge the batteries -- which it does seem to be doing -- doesn't the voltage output have to be greater than that of the batteries, which varies at times between 12 and 14 volts?

Am I an idiot ... or a big idiot?

My other related question on lighting is this: I am a liveaboard and need more lighting. Should I install 120 volt since I am always on marina-paid shore power when in port; or should I install more 12 volt so that, when sailing, I can use it? Advise anyone.


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