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Best solution for Dual House Bank
I have followed Maine Sail's thinking for quite a while, as I refit my 1983 CaboRico 38. I'm now at the Electrical portion of the re-fit, setting up a separate Engine cranking battery and 4 Trojan T1275.
Unfortunately, I have to separate the House Banks with 2 under the Quarter Berth and 2 in the Cockpit Lazerette with the Cranking battery. All batteries oriented for and aft for minimal leakage and plate coverage.
Engine is connected to a on-off switch with a bank 1 parallel switch, which can completely isolate the cranking battery if needed.
Both banks feed the Electric Panel, which has an Off-1-All-2 130AMP switch as part of the panel, planning on leaving to All unless need isolation of either bank.
120vt Battery charger to Bank 1 and 2 and an Echo charger from bank1 to the Cranking Battery.
FourWinds II connected to Bank 1 and 2.
Need advice on connecting the Alternator to the House Banks and hoping for parallel charging as one bank and connecting the Inverter and Windlass as one bank.
Any thoughts? Will consider another switch or solenoid.
Drawing attached with the Alt, Invert, and Windlass not wired yet.
Thanks in advance
Stephen P. Brady
1983 Cabo Rico 38
S/V New Wind
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