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10-11-2012 06:29 PM
Re: PSC34 power generation/storage solution?

We installed the lights mentioned in the previous post. Following are our experiences:
1. Replacement LED brass dome lights from These look very nice and give off a nice bright light. My kids love the red option, my wife likes the quality of the white light. The wiring in these lights was not as robust as the wiring in the original fixtures... made in China...
2. SMD Power Cluster Back Pin X-Beam bulb replacements for my halogen reading lamps from These give off light similar to old fashioned light bulbs. A little more yellow than the dome lights, a little warmer. They plugged into the halogen lamp fitting with no problem. High quality product.
3. Four replacement brass-looking Victory Xenon reading light fixtures: nice looking, quality seems better than original lamps. My only gripe was that I only found out after ordering that they we not in stock so they took longer to arrive.

We have also purchased a Solarland 85W solar panel and a Morningstar solar controller from to help keep our batteries topped up. I plan to fabricate an adjustable stern rail mount for it.

Have not got around to checking out Calder's book regarding the spare marine battery. I have the book, need to dig it out and read that section. Thanks for the advice, Sam.
09-30-2012 02:17 PM
Re: PSC34 power generation/storage solution?

Hi there, we have two group 31 FDC's paralleled, with an echo charge connected to a Group 27 start battery. These are stored in a battery box in the port cockpit locker. Charging is via a Kyocera 130, mounted on the old radar platform above the bimini, and controlled by a Genasun MPPT controller. The platform is a little under-built for the big panel, but works well enough for now.

We also have a Powerline 70A alternator, connected to a Balmar AR5 charge controller, installed by PO.

Our electrical use is very modest, with some interior LED's, no refrigerator, etc. Sailing all night is my biggest problem, as 5" chartplotter, AIS, VHF, autopilot, and running lights use a lot of power. Just changing the running lights would make a big difference, haven't come across an affordable, quality unit yet, and we're on a very tight budget.

Good luck with fitting out your boats-
09-12-2012 09:55 AM
Re: PSC34 power generation/storage solution?

If you plan to have a deep cycle spare, you might want to read Nigel Calder on batteries - he contends it's better to combine all of your batteries (except the starter) into one house bank. It's easier on the batteries and simpler to operate. We used a Blue Sea Add-A-Battery switch to parallel the house and starter batteries when a charging source is present or when the combine function is selected.
By the way, the Calder reference is the Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual - highly recommended if you work on your own boat.
09-11-2012 12:10 PM
Re: PSC34 power generation/storage solution?

Anyone using group 31's for the house bank on a 34? If so I am interested in how you have configured storing them.
09-08-2012 05:23 PM
Re: PSC34 power generation/storage solution?

Followup, based on your collective help (and a little research that confirmed your advice) we ordered the following to reduce power consumption:

1. Replacement LED brass dome lights from They have both red and white switches $325.23
2. 2 x 10-LED SMD Power Cluster Back Pin X-Beam bulb replacements for my halogen reading lamps from $37.50
3. Four replacement brass-looking Victory Xenon reading light fixtures to replace the older bulb reading light fitures $212.14. These also have the G-4 halogen bulbs, I will replace these after I see how the marinebeam LEDs work.

Looking into a solar panel to supplement and charge our house battery now. Trying to see if we can surive with a starter, deep cycle and a deep cycle spare. Fingers crossed.
09-06-2012 02:42 PM
led blub

i used for my bulb replacements. there priceing seem to be good. did all the lights inside my boat and 4 reading light. have not done the running lights yet . i have a 37 psc . hope this will help howard
09-06-2012 12:11 PM
Re: PSC34 power generation/storage solution?

We're happy you like the site! I got the LED's at, but since then West Marine has begun stocking a much larger selection at similar prices, so we have started to use them. We were even able to find the screw in lamps for the four reading lights over the settees at WM. I'm sure there are other sources but I haven't stumbled on them yet.

09-03-2012 11:30 PM
Re: PSC34 power generation/storage solution?

Thanks Dave. We love your web site. It is a great reference for other PSC 34 owners. Please keep it up. Thanks!

Where did you get the LED light bulbs that you used to replace the originals?
08-30-2012 11:59 AM
Re: PSC34 power generation/storage solution?

We have been living aboard and ocean cruising for five years. We have two 85 watt Kyocera panels mounted on a "homemade" s/s frame and three AGM 27's. This has been plenty of power for us. Pictures and notes on our website at

Dave Mancini
PSC34 #305 "Swan"
08-28-2012 12:52 AM
Re: PSC34 power generation/storage solution?

Sam (and others),

Regarding: "The solar panels and wind gen are on a custom-made SS arch (kind of). It blends into the bimini and doesn't look like a normal arch. Aesthetics are important on these boats."

Can you post a photo of your SS arch? I'm planning to install a bimini and wind generator but I'm worried about what works on our small canoe sterns.

I'm also curious if anyone has used the "Superwind" (SW350) wind generator? Its specs look good, it is said to be very quiet (10 db). Can anyone vouch for its performance?

Bob Steneck
PSC 34 Alaria
Christmas Cove, Maine
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