Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] illustration of the Galvanic Isolator Installation

Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

Good afternoon Derick,

Thanks for your reply!
Ok, glad to know the plug fitted on your is the 30 A 125 Volt, I am likely to do the same.

I did the same, I attached an extension from the European 3-Prong plug to the 125/250 Volt 50 Amp shore power plug.
So far this is only what I have been using, but in Dominican Republic I was closed to have to use a 110 Volt shore power and was not ready for it.

Thanks for reminding me, but I am very aware the frequency will remain the same (plus my newly installed Blue Sea AC multimeter will confirm the frequency).
I am also aware that I will loose half the Amp and that when I connect to a 30 Amp 110 Volt shore power, I will get 15 Amp at 220 Volt, another great use of the Blue Sea AC multimeter !!!

I was aware about the 32 amp limit, BUT I don’t understand the: “be sure not to leave your "extra" cable tightly coiled because it will generate a lot of heat at 16 to 30 amps, enough to melt the insulation”. Could you please tell me more? On or off forum? I don’t want to make mistake…

Also, very curious about your “other” short linker cables… which one are they.

I will post tomorrow some pictures of the plugs I have, some I have no clue…

Thanks again for your reply Derick !!!

Sincerely, Alexandre




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On Tue, 8/16/16, derickgates@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] illustration of the Galvanic Isolator Installation
To: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 3:03 PM


 









Alexandre,
My
boat was the U.S. Demonstration boat, originally owned by
Joel Potter.  Like yours, it was fitted out with the 110V
to 230V transformer.  The plug on the end of the 110V shore
cable is like the one you have illustrated.  Originally I
used this cable in Saint Thomas, being a U.S. territory.
 Then I set up a short linker cable that could be attached
to the European 3-prong plug on the 230V cable supplied by
Amel, and convert it to a standard U.S. 220V plug.  That
230V cable is now my standard to connect to shore power,
with the adaptor linker (in the U.S. And the BVI and Antigua
and Saint Lucia) or without the adaptor linker in Guadeloupe
and Martinique.
Previous owners have gotten me well
supplied with additional short linker cables to allow
connection to other types of plugs.  
If you have not used your
transformer yet, be aware that although it will create
230Volts from 110Volts, it DOES NOT CHANGE THE FREQUENCY.
 That is to say, if the 110 Volt shore power is 60 Hz,
which would be standard, you cannot run the dishwasher,
clothes washer, or Dessalator because they require
50Hz.
Also note that
while you can add an adaptor plug that will feed you 50 or
more amps, the Amel wiring was set up to take a maximum of
32 amps.  I know you have recently installed a meter to
measure the amps and watts being consumed via shore power,
so you should have no trouble monitoring this.  Even so, be
sure not to leave your "extra" cable tightly
coiled because it will generate a lot of heat at 16 to 30
amps, enough to melt the insulation - ask me how I know
this...
Derick
GatesSM2K#400Currently on the hard in
Antigua for hurricane season









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