😂 🤣 😂 🤣 😂The SSB radios haven’t been turned on and used in over 12 years; unless you’re part of some kind of old folks rally, you won’t find anyone on the receiving end of your broadcast. SSB is totally useless these days, a waste of money. If you have an emergency, nothing beats a Sat phone with a basic plan on an iridium 9555 phone, just pick it up and dial for help anywhere,
Yes, they are breathtaking expensive, but I've had mine for one year and absolutely love them. The massive capacity, the ability to draw massive loads and recharge at the equivalent of 12v 400 amps per hour (they'd take more if I had it), no more constant 100SOC stress and we love them.People always love lithium batteries just after they spend a small fortune on them, then the enthusiasm drops off quickly when things go south with them
I take it from your post that you have not yet traveled by boat very far from your home port. Your quick fix probably won’t work out so peachy and your enthusiasm will wane quickly when things busticate in remote spots with only the local marine or auto mechanic available to sort it out and you find yourself stuck waiting for weeks for parts to arrive.Yes, they are breathtaking expensive, but I've had mine for one year and absolutely love them. The massive capacity, the ability to draw massive loads and recharge at the equivalent of 12v 400 amps per hour (they'd take more if I had it), no more constant 100SOC stress and we love them.
We did not want a home brew DIY setup, as I'm not experienced with them and your point about lack of support stands. However, we have a Mastervolt system and had one issue recently. You can download a diagnostic file and email it to technical support at Mastervolt, who responded immediately. Turned out to be a simple issue, I just wasn't familiar enough to note, but won't miss is again. With internet access and a computer hooked up to the Mastervolt controller (via simple USB cable), tech support can sign right on to your system and do all the work from afar.
Love them. Zero enthusiasm drop. If anything, I'm blown away by the global support.
While grossly inferior tech, ironically, SSB has not been wiped of the planet. I think you can still buy them new and, as far as I know, the Oyster Rally leaving in Jan still requires one aboard.Starlink will wipe Iridium Go off the planet in the same way Iridium wiped SSB off the planet a decade ago.
Please cut out the snottiness. This is the second time in as many days you've suggested as much. I've sailed everywhere from the Caribbean to the Bahamas to Maine and much between. If I disagree with you, it's not cause for puffing your chest out and displaying your feathers.I take it from your post that you have not yet traveled by boat very far from your home port.
My recent issue required no replacement parts to correct. Could have been done absolutely anywhere with internet access, via satellite or cell phone. They can also download and update software, for every individual system, from afar. I also have a stock of spare parts aboard. My charging is done by two redundant chargers in parallel, which work through the Mastervolt software. If one were to have a problem, it can be shut off and the other still works. Same with the four batteries. You can shut off and isolate any single battery, with a simple turn of a switch, and the rest works fine. I've never seen a lead acid setup that can so easily be put back online with a single battery fault.Your quick fix won’t work out so well and your enthusiasm will wane quickly when things busticate in remote spots
What boat are we talking about and is there a low bilge? I would think this shouldn't be an issue on a modern engineered ocean rated hull. (not that those ocean ratings are all they're cracked up to be)How about bilge pumps on the port and starboard sides as to be effective while heeled over?