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waterdog

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  1. is this your boat ? https://www.greathaywoodboatsales.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Louisiana-II-Brochure-2.pdf https://www.apolloduck.com/boat/narrow-boats-cruiser-stern/604120 links contain some info (not a lot) on the electrical system in the sales particulars.
  2. Agreed, this is why we went for such a large array, hopefully it will still give something over winter, or at least minimise the period where it will produce nothing. At the moment we can stop for days and not have to run the engine, hopefully it will reduce engine hours on the shorter days too as we head into and out of winter
  3. Horses for courses I suppose, everyone's power demands are going to be different. We are pretty power hungry liveaboards, currently moored up on the north oxford with 240v fridge, a separate freezer, tv, digibox, satdome, phone and tablet on charge all via the inverter, and according to the mastervolt panel the solar is producing more than we are using
  4. I know its overkill but we have 1.2Kw, 2 arrays of 2 x 300w panels in series.
  5. it's a well known issue on this age of Renaults, some info here on a previous thread.
  6. Ah, never new they were called dolphins. Every day's a school day
  7. You have lost me there Alan. What am I missing ?
  8. Just nipped down to Pillings for a pump out, we have been in Loughborough for a week now. No way out yet !
  9. It works, ? controller is indicating a charge and agreeing with the battery monitor that was already fitted and NO MAGIC SMOKE ???? Just need to understand what all the different numbers mean lol. Huge thanks to all who have helped, ???
  10. Thank you guys. I have all the wiring completed including fuse up to the batteries, just the connection from the fuse to battery and the neg to connect. I may have misunderstood the warnings about making sure the panels are the last things to connect otherwise magic smoke is produced but...... What if the battery fuse blows at any point with the panels "live", won't this create the same effect ? Or have I got this completely wrong. P.S. The panels are still isolated via the breakers ?
  11. Thanks Alan, yes I have fitted isolating breakers between the panels and the mppt. Reading other threads on here this appears to be prudent providing I remember to isolate the panels first before doing anything else. For clarity, are you saying it is best practice to have the mppt wired so it is permanently connected to the batteries?
  12. Morning All, I'm getting there with the installation, thanks for all your help so far. I'm about to make the final connections at the batteries and I've got another question, where is the best place to make the connection for the positive from the controller, 1, straight to the batteries or live side of the isolator so panels will still maintain battery level if boat is left. Or 2. To the "off" side of the isolator so the panels are disconnected when the boat gets left for longer periods. 3. Return (negative) connections to the shunt ? Thanks.
  13. Thanks Peter, the breakers are marked as DC so it looks like I have the right ones. Thanks for all your help guys, it's a lot clearer in my head now and it's making sense ? I'm off to pick up a few bits from midland and will keep you updated.
  14. Are these ok for the battery connection fuses instead of a breaker? https://www.midlandchandlers.co.uk/products/strip-fuses-vs-103-configurable?71=40amp https://www.midlandchandlers.co.uk/products/fuse-holder-only-to-suit-strip-type-fuse-vs-102
  15. Hi Tony, The cable is single core multistrand, conductor diameter is 3mm and 6mm diameter over the insulation. The cable is rated at 50A
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