This week I finished a 1,600 watt solar project. This rounds out the charging sources for a new 1,120 amp hour lithium battery bank. The charging sources are two Victron 24/3000/70 MultiPlus inverter chargers (shore and generator power), a Wakespeed controlled 140 amp 24 volt alternator (main engine), 200 amp 24 volt Panda generator, and two Victron MPPT 150/35 SmartSolar charge controllers using four 400 watt solar panels.
More exciting projects are in the works for this Fall and winter. Last winter I worked on a Lithium Bank Conversion on a Selene and this year it is going to be a Fleming that gets a new Lithium house bank.
The Selene just got back from spending the whole summer in SE Alaska, and this week I will meet with the owner and find out just how it all went. The preliminary report is that it worked great, particularly useful was having a Panda DC generator in the system that was able to refill the bank quickly with an output of 200 Amps of DC current.
Also at least three of the boats I work on are already planning to add solar to their charging systems. It is getting to be more common on larger motor yachts now that the panels are more powerful, and provide more consistent output throughout the day.
And it’s time for a new work van! As you know since I moved to Sudden Valley I am interested in getting more work in Bellingham. I have an official license, and key to the docks, for the Port of Bellingham Marinas. But I need to have a vehicle that will give me a higher profile than working out of my Rav4. The Rav4 has been fine in Anacortes where I am so well known, but attracting new customers that don’t know me requires a more professional appearance. So I have a Metris Cargo Van on order that should be here sometime in the next couple of weeks. It’s much smaller than my old NPR Van so it can fit in my garage at home, and not use too much gas when I do have to go to Anacortes. Pictures coming soon! In the meantime here is a picture of the old truck, advertising while I was down in a boat working.