Trip from Neustadt in Holstein to Heiligenhafen on the Baltic Sea…
Conditions were like up to 25 knots of wind and wave height of up to 1.5 meters. With my family including the little children this would not have been so nice – most likely you would need a larger boat.
Please find the scheme how I supplied my Seascape 18 with electrical power.
Main goal was to provide the Seascape with power independently from a fixed power grid installation and to have enough battery storage to supply the attached devices with power during one sailing day.
Comments on some of the components I used:
The Raymarine Racemaster and the Wind Transducer have own solar cells and do not need any external power supply.
The battery Longex 12LCP-36 is mounted in the front tank under the front berth (I have a whole for an inspection lid built into the tank where it just fits through if I take out the inspectin lid).
The NASA Supernova Combi Anchor / Top Light is a brilliant device! It is LED-based, has both the white Anchor Light as well as the three-coloured position light and can be supplied with power by a single cable (the included switch switches not only power on and off but can also change the polarity which chooses the respective colour scheme).
Additionally to the two Raymarine i70 multifunction-displays that came with my Django I wanted to install a chart plotter that would be accessible and visible from the cockpit.
I wanted to do the whole installation destruction-free – meaning I did not want to drill or saw any wholes into the boat structure.
Here is how I did it:
First of all I chose the Raymarine a78 chartplotter because of its sufficient size, the compatibility with my existing Seatalk NG network and because of the nice and new sailing features of the plotter.
Then I built a new front-cover for the instrument casing from water-proof plywood (paint it carefully so that it does not mold). The new front-cover allowed for the i70s to be further apart – so that the plotter can fit between them.
By pulling a cable under the inner cover of the cabin-roof I provided the whole installation with power.
In order to connect the plotter to the Seatalk NG network in used the already existing cables for the i70s and simply fitted in another branch of cable via a T-piece on the main bus.
I made two brackets to hold the chartplotter and screwed them on the front cover.
Whenever I am not on board I take the chartplotter out and store it in the cabin.
Look at the pictures – they tell more than a thousand words…