you intend using you cabin cruiser at night, and of course that is
whole point, then you will need to think about lighting.
which comply with the COLREGs (Convention on the International
for Preventing Collisions at Sea) for your own safety as much as anyone
light so you can read your charts at night without unduly
These are ideal for use by boat owners, and they are becoming
But there is nothing to compare with the soft warm glow of a gambled
a nice polished brass one, swaying with the boat, casting flickering
the light reflecting from glowing, polished wood.
Ok, so maybe I am a silly old romantic I don't care, I know what
Electrical systems are
not essential on board cabin cruisers.
But, by golly they do make life
so much more convenient and above all
When they are working that is.
Apart from the items we run on dry cell batteries such as torches moat
electrical equipment runs on 12 volts.
Most boat systems have two batteries.
A cranking battery for engine starting.
A separate deep cycle battery for 'domestics'.
course the batteries will need to be charged
Normally, for cabin
cruisers at sea, this is
done by the engine powering an alternator.
How complex your systems and how much you rely on electrical power
governed by how much of an electrical geek you are.
The less you know the less you should rely on it.
And the more electrics on board the greater will be your need for
protect all the metal fastenings etc.
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