Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Upgrading all electronics
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I'm looking for a new charger now, too. My Charles 60 A charger doesn't have an equalization cycle. So far I've only been looking at chargers recommended by Amel owners on this forum, and for a 75-80A 24V charger with equalization mode only the Victron Skylla-i meets my needs. I'm also looking at MasterVolt but a few owners have had bad experiences.
I think any good marine charger is OK as long as you don't connect the ground to the bonding system.
I think ideally we want a charger with separate AC and DC grounds. That way you could connect the AC ground to the boat's AC ground, and the DC ground to the battery negative. Unfortunately they all seem to have a common ground that ABYC standard wants you to connect to the boat's "earth".
Are you just dropping a lead into the water and measuring between that lead and the bonding system?
It sounds like there is a fault in you charger. But if it isn't connected to your bonding system, there is another connection to your bonding system that is carrying current to the water. It could be on either the AC or DC circuit.
I'd be interested in what you find if you disconnect the AC and DC wires from the charger and measure resistance between each wire and the bonding system with the circuit breaker off, and again with CB on. That should help you determine where to look for the connection.
On my boat I was never able to completely eliminate all connections to ground. Your 220V air conditioner water pump, for example, is connected to the bonding system. My generator case is also connected to the bonding system. (Read Olivier's earlier comments on this.)
I purchased a silver/silver chloride reference electrode to monitor hull potential and do that once a month, and every time I drop anchor or tie up to a marina dock.
Let us know what you find.
On Aug 10, 2016, at 4:49 AM, rossienio@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
the Sterling ProCharge N is only charger, it was installed time ago, without ground connection, but I have seen the problem only now, touching the mooring wet of salt water, while the boat is connected to the shore power of the Marina and with the C.B. on.
I can see the voltage leak with the tester on AC (2V) and DC (2.5V) connecting metallic parts of the boat with sea water.
Now the generator (Fischer Panda) is totally isolated, with all wires ( in and out ) disconnected so I' using now only solar panels.
I am going to do all the measures suggested by Olivier, but I think that the Sterling is not suitable for our boats.
Could you give me some indication about Battery Charger suitable to boats with the electrical system isolated, like Amel?
I also istalled an alternator-to-battery charger Sterling, do you think that it too could not be ok for the Amels?
Here I'm not able to find an Amel-savvy electrician.