What are the advantages of running a 48 volt system on a liveaboard sailboat. Nobody told us how good it would be.

When we decided to throw the diesel motor out and go electric we were not aware of the other advantages of going electric.

 

Going electric is a huge journey of discovery. Last night for the first time we did not use any gas to prepare dinner. We even heated the dishwater for the washing up in the microwave. No starting generators or having to be in a marina. Just plug in the microwave. Sure, if it was cloudy for a couple of weeks I would be conserving the power. But it has been sunny and the batteries are fully charged.

 

Having an EV (electric vehicle) which is how we are now seeing Clipper, our live aboard sailboat, is not only about getting from A to B. It is about using energy efficiently and saving money.

 

 

Putting the batteries in was the easy part. Deciding how to set them up was a bit harder.

 

The electric motor is 48 volt so we had to decide how to set up the electrics. The choices were to have either two electric systems. One 12 volt battery set for the house and another 48 volt system for the motor and the electronics that go with it. Or to have just one 48 volt system.


I decided to go with one 48 volt system. The advantages in using a 48 volt system has become more apparent.  Why have all this stored power in Clipper, which is now essentially a portable battery pack for the motor, and not use it

 

All this free power, saving money instead of doing nothing with it waiting for the motor to be run.

 

As the journey continues we are discovering the advantage of the 48 volt system.

 

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