Here you see the space where the newly sorted systems are destined to go, after removing the bodge that I've had to date.
Actually, this project had started some months before, with a lot of discussion and planning.
The basic issue I have is the number of voltages on board, sadly unavoidable:
- 240 Volts AC mains electrics
- 110 Volts DC legacy boat machinery too expensive to replace
- 24 Volts DC boat systems - nav lights, domestic lights etc.
- 12 Volts DC boat systems - for which there is no 24 volt equivalent - radios etc.
I am not planning on touching the 110 volt DC system, as I will upgrade the equipment to 240V AC as and when the 110V stuff dies on me (hopefully never).
The 12V system is effectively a battery, one switch and a few wires, so that should not be a problem to set up.
The 240V AC system is not so easy, as I've got extension leads, generators and inverters all over the place to get a grip on.
The worst system to get a grip on will be the 24V system. This is already wired throughout the boat, as you can see by the big Frankenstein switch. All the switches and other equipment need modernising, as the original 24V generators which ran off the main and donkey engines are now effectively redundant.
Anyway, the first system under the knife, as it were, is the 240V system, simply because this is out of control at the moment and is the most likely to be the cause of an accident if left to fester for much longer.