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Re: Manuals and instructions of the Amel Sharki 1982 Nr 53.

Ralf Schroeder
 

Hi Janine and Walter,
welcome here in this great group and good time with your wonderful ship :-).
I'm the proud owner of the 1981 Sharki Baghira (Nr: 42).

I attach two manuals for the Perkins 4108. In GB are some good addresses for spare parts. When you need the addresses, I will be sending you the contact.

But I'm searching for a manual for the original autopilot with panel etc. myself.
So, when somebody can help us, I'm very happy, too.

Good way and careful wind
Ralf 


Re: Needed: Amel Experienced Surveyor - North East USA

Mike Ondra
 

Hello Jer,

This gentleman did an insurance survey on Aletes. And I know he did at least one other Amel. We found him thorough, easy to work with, and good quality report.

Mike Ondra

Aletes SM#240

Martinique

 

 

From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io> On Behalf Of mr_hermanns
Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2019 2:42 PM
To: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io
Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] Needed: Amel Experienced Surveyor - North East USA

 

Fellow Amelians,

Amel Experienced Surveyor Needed. Looking for someone near the Annapolis area to complete a Survey. Sadly, I don’t know anyone on the east coast and would love recommendations!


--
Jeremy Hermanns - "Jer"
SVCerulean.com
Maramu #105
Marina Del Rey, CA


Re: refrigeration compressor

Mark & Debbie Mueller
 

Hi Jeff,

 

On our boat the compressor is mounted underneath the refrigerator, underneath the chest refrigerator/freezer, and to the port side of the refrigerator/freezer under the salon seat.  The Danfoss compressor controller is attached to the side of each compressor.

 

To gain access to the refrigerator compressor remove the “thumbscrew” on the inside of the under sink cabinet, it is toward the top.  I believe the unit will slide forward into the small under floor storage area between the refrigerator and chest.  I do not remember if there are any attachment points at the bottom of the refrigerator.  To access the chest compressor remove the trim panel at the floor at the base of the chest and you will be able to reach in to access the compressor.  To get to the under seat unit remove the salon seat cushion at the port side of the boat then remove the wood cover on the aft port side.

 

You may be able to check voltage at the pump interface in the engine compartment to determine if you have a relay problem or Danfoss controller problem.  Refer to the attached schematic from Coastal Climate Control for the interconnection of the relays.  Good luck.
--
Mark Mueller
Brass Ring  A54


Re: refrigeration compressor

ngtnewington Newington
 

Hi Jeff,

If you are referring to the freezer under the saloon dining table seat the compressor is in the compartment next to it under the corner seat.

For the chest freezer under the galley worktop the compressor is below it.

Nick

Amelia AML 54-019
Greece

On 11 Dec 2019, at 13:21, JEFFREY KRAUS <jmkraus@...> wrote:

Good Morning Amelians,
I'm having issues with my refrigeration on my Amel 54. 
There are 2 freezers and the reefer aboard Spirit. The circulator pump which supplies water to all units is activated by the command of the pump interface. Each unit (freezer1,2 or the reefer) can switch on the circulator pump, which must be operating for any unit to function. The pump interface is activated by the Danfoss controller. 
My problem is that it appears that only the freezer 2 switch is working to activate the pump. Turning on either freezer 1 or the reefer will not activate the pump interface and turn on the circulator pump. If I turn on freezer 2, then freezer 1 and the reefer, everything works. However, the indicator lights on the pump interface are off for freezer 1 and the reefer. I need to run freezer 2 for the reefer and freezer 1 to work. Obviously neither freezer 1 or the reefer switch on the pump interface.
Apparently the Danfoss controller is located near the refrigeration compressor. Unfortunately, I don't see the compressor anywhere, and I don't want to start removing things to search for it. 
Does anyone with an Amel 54 know the location of the compressor, and if so, is the assumption that the Danfoss controller is nearby correct?
Best Regards to all.
Jeff Spirit Amel 54 #14 Puerto Real, PR


refrigeration compressor

JEFFREY KRAUS
 

Good Morning Amelians,
I'm having issues with my refrigeration on my Amel 54. 
There are 2 freezers and the reefer aboard Spirit. The circulator pump which supplies water to all units is activated by the command of the pump interface. Each unit (freezer1,2 or the reefer) can switch on the circulator pump, which must be operating for any unit to function. The pump interface is activated by the Danfoss controller. 
My problem is that it appears that only the freezer 2 switch is working to activate the pump. Turning on either freezer 1 or the reefer will not activate the pump interface and turn on the circulator pump. If I turn on freezer 2, then freezer 1 and the reefer, everything works. However, the indicator lights on the pump interface are off for freezer 1 and the reefer. I need to run freezer 2 for the reefer and freezer 1 to work. Obviously neither freezer 1 or the reefer switch on the pump interface.
Apparently the Danfoss controller is located near the refrigeration compressor. Unfortunately, I don't see the compressor anywhere, and I don't want to start removing things to search for it. 
Does anyone with an Amel 54 know the location of the compressor, and if so, is the assumption that the Danfoss controller is nearby correct?
Best Regards to all.
Jeff Spirit Amel 54 #14 Puerto Real, PR


Re: vetus coupling removal

Davi Rozgonyi
 

Hey there, wiser minds than mine will answer I'm sure, but I'm just here to remind you to get or make that alignment blank for this job. Skilled professionals were unable to align mine without it....they tried, and my vetus coupling blew a hundred hours later. You will very likely not align it correctly without it. Do yourself a favor if you haven't already, get or make that blank! 

Cheers, 
Davi


vetus coupling removal

Herbert Lackner
 

today I tried to align the engine and the c-drive. unfortunately I was not able to remove the vetus coupling from the shaft, tried it also with a puller but without success.  Are there any tricks, special tools,... how this can be done? I remember Eric uploaded a foto showing the tool he made for that, but could not find it. any help welcome

herbert, SN120, kali mera, Mazatlan


Re: Maramu Gearbox identification

Craig Briggs
 

Hi James,
That looks like the standard reduction gear on Amels of that era, like my SN. If so, it may be a Bonfiglioli Model VF44 Configuration P1 70 P63 B14 B3, which is readily available from many suppliers.
Cheers, Craig


Maramu Gearbox identification

James Alton
 

Hello fellow Amelians,

   I would like to locate spare gearboxes for the main mast and boom curlers on my 1987 Amel Maramu.  Amel has not been able to help me with this since my spars are by Nirvana and were not made by Amel.  I have done some searching and cannot find a match for what I have on my boat.  I will attach some photos below and a description, any help appreciated.

Best,

James
SV Sueno
Maramu #220

Description:  Right angle gear box with 1/2"or 13.9mm input shaft and 1"or 25mm hollow output shaft.  Gear ratio 73:1.  Mounting flange to bottom of boom is 44mm OD with 4 - holes at 35mm centres.  





Re: Manuals and instructions of the Amel Sharki 1982 Nr 53.

Courtney Gorman
 

Welcome and congratulations on your new boat if someone has the documents you need I’m sure you’ll get them this is a great place for Amel boat owners
Cheers 
Courtney Gorman 
svTrippin
54 #101
Tobago Cays


On Dec 10, 2019, at 3:46 PM, Walter van Grieken <Vangriekenbladel@...> wrote:


We are the family van Grieken from the Netherlands, new member of the AmelYachtOwners group. 
In the beginning of december we bought an Amel Sharki 1982 Nr 53.

Now we are looking for a complete manual of the original equipment such as the automatic pilot, an electric scheme and the B & G Hercules System 190.
Also a manual of the engine, a Perkins 4.108

Can anybody help us to get a copy of the instructions? 
Of course we will give a financial compensation for this.

Kind regards,

Walter and Janine van Grieken


Manuals and instructions of the Amel Sharki 1982 Nr 53.

Walter van Grieken
 


We are the family van Grieken from the Netherlands, new member of the AmelYachtOwners group. 
In the beginning of december we bought an Amel Sharki 1982 Nr 53.

Now we are looking for a complete manual of the original equipment such as the automatic pilot, an electric scheme and the B & G Hercules System 190.
Also a manual of the engine, a Perkins 4.108

Can anybody help us to get a copy of the instructions? 
Of course we will give a financial compensation for this.

Kind regards,

Walter and Janine van Grieken


Needed: Amel Experienced Surveyor - North East USA

mr_hermanns
 

Fellow Amelians,

Amel Experienced Surveyor Needed. Looking for someone near the Annapolis area to complete a Survey. Sadly, I don’t know anyone on the east coast and would love recommendations!

--
Jeremy Hermanns - "Jer"
SVCerulean.com
Maramu #105
Marina Del Rey, CA


B&G Hydra2000 as spare parts

Oliver Henrichsen, SV Vela Nautica
 

Hello, 

I replaced the old B&G Hydra 2000 on Vela Nautica.
I got the main processor, expansion processor, 2 pcs FFD Fully Function Display. 
Masthead wind vane with about 20m wire. 
System was used until 09/2019.
No guaranty if all is working.

Item is located at Las Palmas, Grand Canaria, Spain

If anybody is interested let me know. 

Oliver from Vela Nautica 
A54#39 
Las Palmas, Grand Canaria


Re: Maramu 46 Vs Santorin engine compartment

Elja Röllinghoff Balu SM 222
 

I sail an Amel Euros 39 from 2004-2015. She was built in 1968
Now she is 52 jears old and i think she is in good condotione

Best Elja
SM Balu 222

Von meinem iPhone gesendet


Re: How to make the most of Victron Multi-Plus Inverter/Charger on SM#387

Dan Carlson
 

Thanks for all the feedback on my proposal, and any more to come.  

I remembered one important question I left off of the original email: GROUNDING on the Victron Multi-Plus? For those that have installed the Victron Multi-Plus, how did you handle the grounding? And did you use have to change the configuration of the grounding relay on the Victron? 

Regarding the 50a vs 16a; my logic was that I only run the generator when I need the to run the watermaker. The need for water is greater that my day to day energy deficit.  Therefore I set up the Victron for the lesser of the available shore power current or generator excess over the watermaker. In my case that currently is 10amps.  My sense check after living on the boat for 20 months out of the last three years is that will supply the needs of our lifestyle.  In fact it will greatly expand our capability to is AC because 1) when the generator is running and I switch on AC devices the Victron will automatically adjust the current going to the batteries to stay within limits. And the power assist will allow me to draw from the batteries at peak times to supplement the 10a limit to the panel up to 2x (20a).  Likewise when on shore power I still have the same capability.  If I went with the 50a, then I would need to remember to switch my input current limit from 16a to 25a and back when going between shore power in the marina versus generator at anchorage. 

I realize in these discussions it should not be about whose lifestyle on the boat is right, but for a given owners lifestyle are they installing and setting up the right systems. And taking in not only the right considerations for their current way of living as well as potential changes in the future... For us, this will also be the potential demands of induction cooking. 

Thanks and regards, Daniel Carlson on sv BeBe at Shelter Bay Marina

On Mon, Dec 9, 2019, 11:45 AM ngtnewington Newington via Groups.Io <ngtnewington=aol.com@groups.io wrote:
On Amelia I have a Trace 70A charger 2.5KW inverter that I bought to replace the old Dolphin 100A Charger that was defective when I bought the boat. I wanted an 100A charger but the Trace was on special offer and available at the time, from Budget Marine in Grenada.  With all my solar/wind that is absolutely fine on the charging side.

When it came to wiring in the inverter side I decided not to until I had spent some time on the boat. So it was initially only used as a charger. I found that I only wanted the inverter to use a toaster and a coffee machine, and vacuum cleaner and other minor appliances in the galley area.  I considered various wiring options, but they were all discarded . So what I have done is run a cable from the inverter 240v output to a  new single socket in the galley. Labelled 2.5KW inverter. 

I know this is a bit primitive, but I have found that it works fine. The advantage being that I have not messed with any of the Amel original AC installation. There is no risk of any generator/inverter/shore power contamination or confusion. I am still reliant on the original Amel installed automatic Shore Power/Generator switch. 

I am happy with this simplicity. In general when I run the washing machine; the desalinator is also running, as well as the hot water and chargers. I reckon that we would be pulling 30A, so 7.5 KW. A job for the 11KW Onan.

When installing new equipment on Amelia I am always mindful of the Amel way but more importantly the philosophy: 

Kind regards

Nick

S/Y Amelia AML 54-019






On 9 Dec 2019, at 15:47, Roque <ediroque@...> wrote:

Mark. 

I am sure what the Victron technician meant with shore power / generator was either one and not both, of course. The word 'simultaneously" was referring to AC and water heater use, in his example.

 

His point was only to help one chose between the 16A and the 50A transfer switch. 

Roque
Attika A54 #117
Paraty Brazil    

Em seg., 9 de dez. de 2019 às 12:22, Mark & Debbie Mueller <brass.ring@...> escreveu:
You stated that “For example, should a water heater and Air conditioning unit wish to be used simultaneously and in conjunction with shore power / on board generator the 50A unit would be chosen (50A - 11.5kW peak loads)”.  If I understand that you are connecting the shore power and generator simultaneously to the same circuit it is been my experience that catastrophic failures occur in the generator and likely some components between the generator and shore power unless the generator has some fairly sophisticated phase matching capabilities, I do not believe the equipment on our boats have that capability.  The generator must have the capability to match the peaks and valleys of the sine wave supplied by the shore power input.

 

Failures of this nature typically occur when a transfer switch fails connecting both shore power and generator.  Search message #46769 for a recent example of this on an Amel.

-- 
Mark Mueller
Brass Ring  A54




Re: Bowthruster works only one way

Sv Garulfo
 

Hello
We had the same issue last year.

Solenoid issue, cleaned and working again.

Soraya & Thomas
GARULFO A54-122
Marquesas, FP


Re: How to make the most of Victron Multi-Plus Inverter/Charger on SM#387

ngtnewington Newington
 

On Amelia I have a Trace 70A charger 2.5KW inverter that I bought to replace the old Dolphin 100A Charger that was defective when I bought the boat. I wanted an 100A charger but the Trace was on special offer and available at the time, from Budget Marine in Grenada.  With all my solar/wind that is absolutely fine on the charging side.

When it came to wiring in the inverter side I decided not to until I had spent some time on the boat. So it was initially only used as a charger. I found that I only wanted the inverter to use a toaster and a coffee machine, and vacuum cleaner and other minor appliances in the galley area.  I considered various wiring options, but they were all discarded . So what I have done is run a cable from the inverter 240v output to a  new single socket in the galley. Labelled 2.5KW inverter. 

I know this is a bit primitive, but I have found that it works fine. The advantage being that I have not messed with any of the Amel original AC installation. There is no risk of any generator/inverter/shore power contamination or confusion. I am still reliant on the original Amel installed automatic Shore Power/Generator switch. 

I am happy with this simplicity. In general when I run the washing machine; the desalinator is also running, as well as the hot water and chargers. I reckon that we would be pulling 30A, so 7.5 KW. A job for the 11KW Onan.

When installing new equipment on Amelia I am always mindful of the Amel way but more importantly the philosophy: 

Kind regards

Nick

S/Y Amelia AML 54-019






On 9 Dec 2019, at 15:47, Roque <ediroque@...> wrote:

Mark. 

I am sure what the Victron technician meant with shore power / generator was either one and not both, of course. The word 'simultaneously" was referring to AC and water heater use, in his example.

 

His point was only to help one chose between the 16A and the 50A transfer switch. 

Roque
Attika A54 #117
Paraty Brazil    

Em seg., 9 de dez. de 2019 às 12:22, Mark & Debbie Mueller <brass.ring@...> escreveu:
You stated that “For example, should a water heater and Air conditioning unit wish to be used simultaneously and in conjunction with shore power / on board generator the 50A unit would be chosen (50A - 11.5kW peak loads)”.  If I understand that you are connecting the shore power and generator simultaneously to the same circuit it is been my experience that catastrophic failures occur in the generator and likely some components between the generator and shore power unless the generator has some fairly sophisticated phase matching capabilities, I do not believe the equipment on our boats have that capability.  The generator must have the capability to match the peaks and valleys of the sine wave supplied by the shore power input.

 

Failures of this nature typically occur when a transfer switch fails connecting both shore power and generator.  Search message #46769 for a recent example of this on an Amel.

-- 
Mark Mueller
Brass Ring  A54




Re: How to make the most of Victron Multi-Plus Inverter/Charger on SM#387

Roque
 

Mark. 


I am sure what the Victron technician meant with shore power / generator was either one and not both, of course. The word 'simultaneously" was referring to AC and water heater use, in his example.

 

His point was only to help one chose between the 16A and the 50A transfer switch. 


Roque
Attika A54 #117

Paraty Brazil    


Em seg., 9 de dez. de 2019 às 12:22, Mark & Debbie Mueller <brass.ring@...> escreveu:

You stated that “For example, should a water heater and Air conditioning unit wish to be used simultaneously and in conjunction with shore power / on board generator the 50A unit would be chosen (50A - 11.5kW peak loads)”.  If I understand that you are connecting the shore power and generator simultaneously to the same circuit it is been my experience that catastrophic failures occur in the generator and likely some components between the generator and shore power unless the generator has some fairly sophisticated phase matching capabilities, I do not believe the equipment on our boats have that capability.  The generator must have the capability to match the peaks and valleys of the sine wave supplied by the shore power input.

 

Failures of this nature typically occur when a transfer switch fails connecting both shore power and generator.  Search message #46769 for a recent example of this on an Amel.


--
Mark Mueller
Brass Ring  A54


Re: How to make the most of Victron Multi-Plus Inverter/Charger on SM#387

Mark & Debbie Mueller
 

You stated that “For example, should a water heater and Air conditioning unit wish to be used simultaneously and in conjunction with shore power / on board generator the 50A unit would be chosen (50A - 11.5kW peak loads)”.  If I understand that you are connecting the shore power and generator simultaneously to the same circuit it is been my experience that catastrophic failures occur in the generator and likely some components between the generator and shore power unless the generator has some fairly sophisticated phase matching capabilities, I do not believe the equipment on our boats have that capability.  The generator must have the capability to match the peaks and valleys of the sine wave supplied by the shore power input.

 

Failures of this nature typically occur when a transfer switch fails connecting both shore power and generator.  Search message #46769 for a recent example of this on an Amel.


--
Mark Mueller
Brass Ring  A54


Re: How to make the most of Victron Multi-Plus Inverter/Charger on SM#387

Roque
 

Hi Dan
"Regarding the power-pass current, I am not clear how Victron handles this. I am assuming that it is counting this as part of the 16amp limit on the AC input side, so this would limit what I can pull on the generator to 16a?"

Have you considered the Victron 3000w/70a/24v/ 50a model? 

This is what Mr Wayne  Peters from Geckoenergy (UK)   informed me:

"The choice between the 16 or 50A transfer switch would be determined by your peak AC loads you with to run on the vessel.  

For example, should a water heater and Air conditioning unit wish to be used simultaneously and in conjunction with shore power / on board generator the 50A unit would be chosen (50A - 11.5kW peak loads)

If you vessel is relatively low AC demand then the 16A (3.6kW) may provide the AC through power needed. Although we don’t recommend to run these inverters at max output you also have the “assist” function within these units that will allow a further peak capacity of the inverter (3000VA (2.4kW) to also be used assuming state of charge and suitability of the battery."


Hope it helps

Roque
Attika A54 #117
Paraty Brazil

Em seg., 9 de dez. de 2019 às 10:59, Dan Carlson <carlsdan61@...> escreveu:

Hi Colin, thanks for the reply and added information.  

Regarding the water maker: that is the key consumer for me and I am sure that the 160lph consumes a lot more current that the Dou100; however, it is less than 16a, so I could run it through the Victron, but then that would limit what else I could run on the generator.  I like to load the generator up to about 20-24a when I am using it, to make the most of the time.  

Regarding the power-pass current, I am not clear how Victron handles this. I am assuming that it is counting this as part of the 16amp limit on the AC input side, so this would limit what I can pull on the generator to 16a?

Regarding the location of the Victron unit, that is also good the hear. My understanding of the pro's of having it in the closet are the shorter 24v wire run from the batteries, and the cleaner/cooler environment. The con's to me would be the loss of the closet, the heat generated as well as the extra fan noise in the cabin.  

My plan is to locate the Victron in replacement of the 100amp charger in the engine room. Using the existing 100amp battery cables and hoping that the existing ventilation in the engine room is sufficient. I think that it will also be easier to wire in the 230v input and output wires.  
Additional consideration: I already have the 1800w invertor right adjacent to the existing 100amp charger so that gives me an additional set of battery cables as well as 230v wiring to work with.  In fact my first step will probably be to connect the output to from the Victron to that existing inverter output circuit/outlets and the rewire the breaker box as a second phase. 

Thanks and regards, Daniel Carlson on SM#387, sv BeBe.




On Mon, Dec 9, 2019, 3:07 AM islandpearl2_sm2k332 <colin.d.streeter@... wrote:
Hi Dan

Unfortunately I do not have the time right now to write a full response, but briefly looked at your diagram and can confirm that the Victron unit you describe is excellent and has serviced us particularly well. It also has an extra "direct power pass through" power outlet which you could run to the two original Amel Chargers (and watermaker) from if required.

Confirmed that we have this same unit wired as per your diagram, with the exception of the Duo AC/DC Water maker deletion. In other words, we do also run a/c power from the Amel switch (genset/shore power) to the Victon 3000w / 70amp 16a inverter/charger and on to the A/C switchboard which still includes the original switch for the water maker. The water maker has never tripped out over the 16amp BUT we probably have a more recent (2012 Duo a/c & dc 100/min) model water maker, not the previous 160L/Hr a/c only version. This could (I have not checked) mean that we need lower amperage, but in our case the water maker has never tripped over 16amps at peaks, and at times when we want to dump a little power ie. in full sun (1.04kw solar) plus 20kts plus wind (2x 450w Rutland 1200's) we run the Water maker on a/c for an hour or two off the 3000w inverter only, so would therefore not want it to run on the Genset/Shore Power pass through circuit only.

A little tip we got from S/V Joy's previous owners was to place the remote control for the Victron unit next to the a/c switchboard (just below the speaker). This has been an excellent spot to control the inverter/charger from as it is next to the a/c switches. Also we located the Victron Inverter/Charger in the wet clothes locker area backing onto the wall to the day bed/ battery banks. This was to get it as close as possible to the batteries as recommended by Victron. 

Colin Streeter
SV Island Pearl II
Back in Newport Marina, Brisbane after completing a totally trouble free - 3 year 3,000nm circumnavigation this month

SV Island Pearl II FOR SALE - US$299,000  now fully serviced, and totally ready to cross oceans again 
Contact me at svislandpearl@... for inventory and pictures.
See our circumnavigation tracker map here: https://forecast.predictwind.com/tracking/display/IslandPearl2



Lastly 



On Mon, Dec 9, 2019 at 7:06 AM Dan Carlson <carlsdan61@...> wrote:

Hello all,  I have been thinking through the best way to install a Victron Multi-Plus Inverter/Charger on SM#387.   I am specifically looking at the 3000w/70a/24v/16a model.   I have seen several previous posts that have discussed aspects of installing Victron Inverter/Chargers.  These previous posts have included discussion of installing switches between sources of supply to the 230v panel, or dividing the 230v panel between the inverter supply and direct supply from shore or inverter…   I am considering the approach diagramed roughly in the attached photo and described below.  Please let me know your feedback, questions or concerns.    

 

A very brief summary of the he Victron Multi-plus: It will take 230v power from shore or generator (45-65Hz) as well as 24v power from a battery bank to provide 230v power for the boat.   The 16a model is limited to 16a current load.  From this it can provide up to 3000a from the inverter, with or with-out shore power.  Whenever there is excess 230v supply over housed demand for 230v, the inverter will switch to a charger mode to put energy back into the battery bank.   On SM#387 this is great for most of our needs as we are currently restricted to 16a on the Shore power already.   However; we do have one significant conflict for power demand and that is the 230v water-maker which draws approx. 13-14Amps.  

 

To best solve for this and to minimize the requirement for different switches I would like to connect the output from the Victron directly to the 230v panel to provide consistent ac power for the boat when whether on battery, shore power or generator.    And to solve the current demand needs by removing the water-maker and both of the battery charging breakers from the existing 230 panel.  See notes below for further explanations.

 

Design notes to accompany attached diagram: 

  1. This approach is based on the current 16a system/limit on Shore Power, the current Onan 7MDKAV generator and the current AMEL switch box that automatically switches between Shore or Generator as AC source.   I think that I will add a 16a breaker on the shore power as a good precaution as I work on my overall wiring.
  2. I will need to add a new breaker box, or perhaps I can use the existing breaker box that was used for the Pro-Sine 1800w inverter that currently supplies power to the boat. This is where I would have the breakers for the water-maker and also for the secondary battery charger (perhaps a Sterling 24v/30a charger).   This will be supplied directly from the AMEL switching relay box.
  3. This would allow me to re-move the wires for the water-maker and the secondary charger from the main 230v panel.  
  4. The breaker the 100a charger will also be removed from the 230v panel, and new wire will be added directly from the Amel switch to the Victron Inverter (with the appropriate fuses/breakers).
  5. The AC output from the Victron Multi-Plus inverter directly to the 230v panel  (I need to consider changing the existing 30a breaker on the main panel to based on the overall limit from the Victron.)
  6. Supply the battery power to the Victron Multi-plus from the existing cable that supplied the 100a charger (This looks like a 50mm2 cable, which is sufficient for up to 5meter run).
  7. Configuration:   The Victron Multi-Plus has a Power Control setting that sets a limit the current that it will draw on the AC input source.   I could set this to a max of 10amps.  The rationale for this is:
    1. When I am running the generator and I turn on the water-maker I have already limited to the Victron current draw to 10amps.  That and the 13-4amps that the water-maker draws will put an appropriate load on the generator.   Note: it is likely that the Victron will regularly be fully utilizing this limit because what ever I am not using for 230a current will be allocated to charge the batteries, up to the 70amp limit for the Victron for charging. 
    2. When I am on Shore power I have set a very conservative 10a limit on the 16amp shore power circuit but I will actually be able to provide more current to the 230 amp panel than I previously would on shore power with out the Victron.   This is achieved through the Victron Power Assist capability.  When the 230v AC demand on the main panel exceeds the 10amp limit on the current input, the inverter will make up the shortage using the Inverter to draw from the battery.   The documented examples from Victron specifically shows an example of a 10a limit on the input current being supplemented with 10amps from the inverter to provide 20amps total AC current out.    This should be sufficient for our needs as most of our higher current draws on the AC side are only for short duration, i.e. hot water kettle for 1-2 minutes, 3-5 minutes to heat water for the washing machine or dishwasher, or short bursts for the micro-wave. 
  8. Operational considerations:
    1. Day in and day out we are already trained to look up at the 230v Current meter before we turn anything on the 230v panel, and shut something off if necessary.  Regarding the water heater, we currently do not leave it on when on Shore Power.  We will turn it on for an hour in the morning and that is sufficient for the whole day.
    2. Regarding the generator operation and water-maker:  I am always in the engine room before and after running the generator / water-make; to set the flush valves prior to the water-maker run and after the water-maker run to flush the membranes and check that everything is ok.  Therefore having the breakers for the watermaker and secondary charger in the engine room do not add any inconvenience to my existing routing for running generator/water-maker.
    3. Important!  The Victron Multi-Plus AC current frequency out will default to 50Hz when on the inverter, but it will switch to match the frequency of any input AC source.  So when running the generator it will be 50Hz, however, when on 60Hz Shore Power then the AC output to the main panel will be 60Hz.

 

 

Please let me know your feedback, challenges, questions on this, as I want to get it right the first time and I know I am not the first down this road and there are learnings to be shared.

 

Thanks and Regards,  Daniel and Lori Carlson on SM#387, sv-BeBe, currently at Shelter Bay Marina, Panama

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Colin Streeter
0411 016 445