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Re: Electric Conversion log for Kahleesea
" I just need a semi-clever way to connect the engine mains to the bus bar for the pack."
Easy. Get to a city where they have theatrical performances, or outdoor "sound and light" shows, and find a theatrical lighting supply house. Theatrical lighting uses heavy plugs, a hundred amps at 220 volts is a rounding error for them. Any professional electrical supply house should be able to turn up the same type of plugs. Some are twist-lock, some simply plug together, your choice. Won't be cheap--but they are doing the job every day.
I don't argue that the ABYC standards are often a good guide. But. If anyone is interested in boating safety, or electrical safety, ABYC is a poor excuse. They are a trade group, not regulators, and their standards are only OPTIONALLY accepted and required by various trade group members, boat builders, and insurers, correct?
I'd call that a trade guild, and their real purpose is...to fund themselves.
I know it costs money to develop and publish standards, but since the average Joe has to ante up what, six hundred bucks? To get the ABYC standards? That ain't happening, and anyone who says "Oh, well, you just have to pay that much to learn how to do it safely" is preaching to an odd choir.
There has to be a reasonably priced (let's say, fifty bucks like any good hardcover these days, or better yet, free online like the IRS rules and so much else) set of standards to follow. And if I can't buy them for less, I'll expect my library to have a reference copy that I can use. So, nothing personal, but helix the ABYC, there are so many good books written by so many good authors. When the ABYC shows some interest in promoting boating safety rather than being a private club (just like Mar-y-Largo, sure, anyone can buy in) let us know.
Heck, even the US Army and Navy used to make all of their technical training manuals available cheap from the GPO and free online. And the USN knows how to make a point. They used to have some rather blunt photos online, in their DC power training, that showed a sailor's hand, with his ring finger traumatically amputated. Yeah, his wedding ring grounded a wrench that was on a battery terminal. He wasn't following USN standards. And they don't follow ABYC.(G)