[QUOTE=Auzzee;35345]Hi Mico, is the AC conversion a difficult or expensive project? I had thought of using a marine transformer to reduce the 240 output to make it compatible with the new boat. and keep it usable in both Oz and SE Asia.
Well we arrived in KK without any additional luggage costs - I still believe the secret is to pick your check-in clerk. Avoid the old guys and any woman who look like your sour-faced aunt!
It's quite a nack trying to stay at the back of the que until the clerk of your choosing is free! I once stood at the front of the line with two other families as we watched some frail pensioner get the third degree from an officious ex prison guard over a carry-on back pack you could have put in your back pocket. Lot's of 'after you, no after you, please after you' as we all tried to avoid becoming his next victim.
This trip we had a young enthusiastic intern we greeted with a big HI! from across the floor and proceeded to butter his toast with as many compliments and inanities as we could muster to avoided the question - can I weigh your carry on luggage?
As it turned out, my laptop died the morning of departure and with design and webwork for clients to do while away - I was forced to pack my 16 tonne 27" studio Mac in a suitcase along with all my external drives. It arrived more or less in one piece and I have it sitting at the nav station which now resembles the bridge of the starship Enterprise!
But back to your question re 240v
Tony, the engineer, electronic wizard and master of the black arts of cyberspace lives on a yacht in the next pen. When I asked him if he was interested in rewiring Australis, he pulled the back of the nav board and combined AC and DC distribution and did the best impression of Lurch the Adam Family's butler I had ever seen. A deep throated rubbling groan of horror as he slowly shook his head.
To his credit, he did say - let me think about it for a few days and I'll get back to you. For someone widely sought throughout the region and certainly here in the marina for his electronic and sparky skills - that 'Lurch impression' was a big worry but as he said - 'mate you have the culmination of 25 years worth of changes, add-ons and make-dos from 4 different owners - with half the gear and wiring no longer being used'
When he came back he agreed to take on the job on two conditions: (i) He pulled everything out and started again; (ii) we used only the marine grade gear and correct sized tinned wiring throughout - no shortcuts.
That's exactly what we wanted to hear - and is the same thing we've done with every vessel we've owned. New wiring looms - new electronics.
Jobs to be done now are:
Replace 15 double US power points with twin poled AUS approved plugs
Run 240v twin wiring throughout the vessel (have bought up 100m)
Separate the AC & DC power boards and isolate them
New battery charger
Convert 6kva Diesel Genset for 240 output rather than current 110v (I understand this is a pretty simple matter of reducing the revs and a small rewire)
New nav pod at helm and integration with nav desk below
Replacement of all our 110v appliances - Washing machine - microwave and power tools. although I might retain a step down transformer for the tools as we have a lot of them.
All up I'm budgeting for about 5 - $6000 with me being the dogsbody doing all the hard work and supplying materials. We're currently working on new wiring diagrams and trying to decide where all the new hershey switches and electronics will go. The painful thing( as I'm sure everyone will attest to) will be threading the wiring throughout the vessel.
It's going to take a good month but in the end, we'll have a vessel with a new lease of life as far as electronics and power systems go. The idea of not being electrocuted in the engine room is a pretty good incentive too!
Today I'll be up the mizzen mast installing a new pole and brackets for the wind generator and working out how we get the run back into the engine room (new post to come with pics as we're tickled pink with our solution).
Yesterday I installed the extractor fans and ducting for both fridge compressors.
Tomorrow will be some sika sealing repairs to a couple of cockpit windows.
Its all go here!