|The boat's DC side will resemble this. At some point.|
Any boat restorer will admit that progress is incremental. One reaches a point when the boat can motor and sail, perhaps, but not at night, because the lights aren't currently (so to speak) hooked into the panels for some completely unrelated reason. So there's a reluctance at times to finish one class of job, such as "making the boat move" in order to start another that will take time, effort, supplies, sweat, and time away from sailing, like "getting the fridge to work".
|Prepping a typical "big crimp", in this case, a 2/0 ga. negative feed from the battery to the shunt. Evidently auto-focus didn't.|
|Yellow or black, whatever I have, passed for "neg/ground". I haven't bothered getting the right colour of wire cover.|
|So...empty! The disc is the backing plate for the bitter end U-bolt.|
|This is the starboard side of the forepeak. I plan to mount a cot here for crew or just to stow sail bags.|
|Just 2/0 gauge, really, in 5/16ths and 3/8th inch sizes.|
|Sized for your amperage pleasure.|
|This is a 500A/50 mv shunt.|
|The main post-disconnect positive conduit, with an inline 250 A ANL-type fuse (covered)|
ACR to allow charging of both start and battery banks. But for now, I'm still on the master switch.
|Position #1 is now house bank and #2 is start. I need a new start battery.|
And here it is. We've seen it before, but now it's fully hooked up. I can start the engine will either house or starter bank (the sad little Group 24 I've been using as a house bank and bilge pump battery for far too long).
Next up is running a couple of mercifully smaller leads (1-2 gauge) to from the power busbars to power the "unswitched" DC loads, such as the fridge/freezer, which honestly I don't even know if it runs anymore, and to tie in the bilge pumps to the house bank. I also have to secure and tidy up these heavy leads with loads of tie-downs to avoid chafe, and the holes I've drilled need to be split-gasketed (McMaster-Carr makes some nice ones). After that, hooking up the nav lights in order to sail after dark. We want to take a little trip next week, whether I've rebuilt the saloon stairs or not!