I did receive one piece of good news today. I passed the Marine Electric Certification! I also received the study materials in the mail for three other ABYC courses which I’ll start studying.
The only boat related issue today was trying to make a decision on batteries. I’m receiving advice to pull out my AGM batteries and replace them with Lead-Acid batteries from http://www.dynobattery.com/ . I know that this would be a step backwards, but I’m aggressively trying to simplify the boat. Currently, I crammed too much stuff into my lazarette, and some things, in particular the batteries, are wedged in so tight I can’t maintain them. I’ve challenged the technicians on my boat to give me ideas for dramatically opening up space in the lazarette. I currently have 1530 amp hours, at 24v. By making the change, I can keep the same number of amp hours, but fit in half the space, and have the battery terminals where I can easily get at them. It’s not that the lead-acid batteries are more efficient, the space savings will come from having the batteries custom made for my boat. They will be sized to perfectly fit the space available, with no waste. A tough decision.
I have a few things to check out at the boat show tomorrow:
– Mini V-Sat (which I’m probably installing for my primary internet)
– Iridium Openport (which I’m probably installing as the backup to the V-sat unit)
– Navnet 3d (which I’m thinking about upgrading to)
– And more!
I’ll post anything interesting I see in Saturday’s blog.