The electrical system has been designed to ensure trouble free operation. Wiring and connections are kept as high in the interior of the yacht as practicable, reducing the possibility of exposure to water. The main switch panels are located to protect them from the elements. The electrical circuits are numbered at convenient locations at the panels and throughout the yacht. A numbering scheme and diagram is located in this manual for your convenience.
The foundation of the electrical system is the batteries. The system is sized large enough (26 kWh) to support 5 full days of energy (5.2 kWh) usuage without charging of any kind.
If comparing to a 12 V AGM bank this bank is equivalent to over 3,000 Ah. The bank supports the DC to AC Inverter and all other major loads. It is comprised of 40 x EVE LiFePO4 280Ah 3.2 V 5250g cells wired to create 5 parallel strings of 8 in series cells for a 25.6 V nominal service. It weighs around the same amount as 8 golf cart batteries at 225kg. The rated capacity is 35 kWh but is confnigured to provide 26 usable kWh before starting to shed loads. Each cell has dedicated monitoring. Each of the 5 strings of cells can be disconnected from the bank.
The buffer battery is 4 x EVE LiFePO4 280Ah 3.2 V 5250g cells wired 4 in series for 12.8 V service. The primary function is to provide reserve capacity to run a bilge pump, VHF radio, and navigation lights if the house bank fails. It’s also used to start the Aux Diesel Engine. Each cell has dedicated monitoring.
Energy Storage is replenished the quickest by running the engine. A 5 kW American Power HPI-185-EXT alternator provides 185 A at 28 A to the House Bank. You should see at least 3 kW @ 1,100 Engine RPM. It will take 6 to 9 hours to fully charge a completely drained House Bank. The alternator has a networked alternator regulator.
A 2nd alternator will be installed soon to double this capacity.
185 HPI has 8 pole pairs
We plan on an averaged of 1.7 kWh (15-30 minutes) per day production from the engine. Generally 3-4 hours per week is sufficient.
We currently have 820 W of solar. Monitoring is available via Victron GX and online VRM Portal. On top of the bimini are 4x glass Kyocera KC 80W solar panels. Mounted on the radar arch are 2x glass Sunpower SPR-X20-250-BLK 250W solar panels. Each brand of panels connect to its own Victron SmartSolar MPPT Charger.
The full array generates an average of 3.5 kWh per day. It would take 8 average days to fully charge a depleted battery by solar with no loads applied to it.
The Charger Inverter can supply up to 70 A or roughly 1.9 kW of power to the House Bank. It takes over 15 hours to charge the House Bank.
The inverter converts DC energy from the batteries into 120 volt AC household type current for operation of small appliances. Small TVs, radios, blenders, mixers are usually fine. Except for brief periods, operation of the microwave, air conditioning, heat gun, water heater and other high load devices is only recommended when engine or portable generator is running. Their loads are extremely high and rapid discharge of the batteries will result.
The system is set-up so that the air conditioning and hot water tank will function when the inverter is being used. This will allow the inverter to supply power when there is excess solar. See the inverter owners manual supplied for detailed instructions and other cautions.
The courtesy floor lights are powered directly from the batteries and protected by a separate fuse located under aft cabin berth. When the main battery power switch is turned off, the courtesy lights will still have power available so that as you enter the boat you can turn the courtesy lights on for a safe lighted entry before turning on the main battery switch. There are two switches to control the lights, one near the companionway and another in the master stateroom. A red light will be installed near the cockpit engine panel to indicate if courtesy lights have inadvertently been left on. Be sure to check it before leaving the boat for long periods.
Fitted with an electric-powered self-tailing winch for hoisting and reefing the mainsail. It must be used with special care. Personal injury and damage to the boat can result from improper operation. Do not allow children to operate. Only properly instructed adults should be allowed to operate it. Do not wear loose clothing which could possibly be tangled in the mechanism when operating or standing nearby. While very handy and a big energy saver, it is difficult for an operator to judge just how much pressure is being applied to the line on the winch. The winch is powerful enough to rip the headboard out of a sail. Therefore we recommend that the electric power be operated for all but the last couple inches and then switch to manual power with a conventional handle to “sweat up” the last inches. To operate the winch, set the breaker on the main panel to ON to supply 12V to the winch relays. The winch is a two speed unit. The switches for each speed are mounted on the cabin house. The winch motor is fused by a 130A breaker located in line and an overload breaker in the aft cabin. For safety reasons, the electric motor is automatically deactivated whenever a winch handle is inserted in the winch socket.
The electric cockpit winch requires the “Windlass & Winch” circuit to be active and the circuit breaker located in the aft cockpit (just below the ceiling) must have the flap pushed up to the horizontal position. Power to the windlass motor is disabled electronically with a Victron Battery Protect 65A when voltage drops below 24v for 90 seconds or when the circuit that powers the solenoid relay box is off/open. A low voltage piezo electric alarm is not installed yet. There is also a 100A fuse located in the electrical distribution compartment under the aft cabin berth.
An electric anchor windlass is installed. Mounted on the foredeck, the two foot switches control up and down direction as indicated on switch under the covers. Red is down. Black is up. The same cautions mentioned above for the electric winch (Sec. 9-9) apply to the windlass.
To operate the windlass, the digital switch marked “Windlass & Winch” under “Vessel Management” must be on. It supplies 24V DC to the switches, remotes, and solenoid relays. The windlass is protected by a 150A fuse in line, mounted under the aft berth and an “Emergency Off” switch located in the forepeak. The relay switch box and a Victron Battery Protect is located high in the forepeak. If the supply voltage is below 24v a buzzer will sound. If voltage remains low for over 90 seconds the power to the windlass motor will turn off completely. The House Bank must be charged to continue.
Do not use the windlass to “break-out” an anchor. Transfer the anchor rode load to a mooring cleat and use the engine power to break out. Always transfer anchor load to a cleat whenever anchored. DO NOT use the anchor windlass as a cleat or bollard.
See the windlass instructions for details on proper operation and selection of rope and chain sizes to fit the gypsy. Proper matching of rope, chain and gypsy is critical for safe effective operation.
Freshwater Seawater Night Anchored Day Anchored MFD Radar High Flow Bilge Pump Weigh Anchor
Winch / Windlass Freshwater Pump Ignition (bottom left) Engine Start Engine Stop
300 x 760 area to mount controllers
Solar Controller: 130 x 186 Solar Controller: 130 x 186 24v to 13v 70a buck: 88 x 195 24v to 13v 70a buck: 88 x 195 12v to 24v boost: 88 x 195 Venus GX: 143 x 96 RaspberryPi: 100 x 100 2x MRBF Block: 51 x 190
200A MRBF Terminal Fuse -> Remote Solenoid Switch, Manual Back-Up -> Busbar
Devices that enable charging the house bank. Located within the battery box section.
ANL Block Fwd
MRBF Block Aft
House BMV low voltage relay provides cutoff for chargers. Buffer BMV high voltage relay switches between boost/buck.
Fuse Block 1 - SafetyHub 100 - Always ON
Aft / battery box section
Fuse Block 2 - SafetyHub 150 - Always ON
Fuse Block 3 - SafetyHub 150 - Switched
Battery Protect -> SafetyHub 150
Fuse Block 4 - Watermaker - ST Blade 4 Circuit
Battery Protect -> Fuseblock
Fuse Block 5 - Main Head 24v - 5025 ST Blade 6 Circuit w/ Neg Bus
Main Head 24 to 12 V converter
12v DC Output -> Mega Fuse + Inline Fuse 30A Mega Fuse -> Electroscan 10A Inline Fuse -> Switch Buttons Switch Buttons -> Macerator Relay Switch Buttons -> Intake Pump
Controlled with Battery Protect 60
12 circuit ATC/ATO fuse block