Turning Our HC 33 Into Our Home Sweet Home
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New Battery Charger
~ The Battery Charger ~
Turning Our HC 33 Into Our HomePoof is Not a Good Sound
The Electrical System
Our battery charger wasn’t working so this became a high priority project as well. Don took the charger apart in an attempt to get it working with the change of a fuse. And then POOF!

We didn’t know if a new fuse was going to work, but it was definitely not going to work now. While working on the reconnection, a short between a wire and the screw driver made the whole thing go POOF. POOF is not a good sound. Installation of the new battery charger wasn’t too bad, other than the many contortions required to get into the locker where it was hanging. Now we have lights, refrigeration, and running water - all the comforts of the 20th century!

Electrical Panel
~ Electrical Panel ~
But, the amount of power we had at our disposal was extremely minimal. We were fine while at the dock - but worried our engine wouldn't start while at sea. Our surveyor also uncovered some electrical issues that - although minor - we believed for safety's sake needed to be dealt with sooner rather than later. The number one cause of boat fires is due to electrical wiring. Adding to all this concern was the confusion over what type of batteries to get, how much wattage we would need, where they should be located, how they should be wired, and what would it take to recharge them.

Taking this all into consideration, we opted to enlist the help of a certified marine electrician to upgrade our power-plant. We ultimately chose to go with NorthStar AGM batteries. They require no maintenance, take up very little space, are safe enough to locate in the living compartment (and thus better distribute their weight), and are strong enough to back up the starter battery.

I can't state unequivocally that I am now a 12 volt expert, but I am amused that I can have a somewhat educated conversation about batteries with my father, an electrical engineer.

Wet Cell Batteries AGM Batteries
~ Before ~ ~ After ~

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