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Old 02-19-2019, 05:14 PM   #21
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My needs were to recharge my zillion candle power flash light, hand held radio & have a 110 receptacle at the ready.
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Old 02-19-2019, 07:17 PM   #22
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I prefer not to have any chargers or power outlets at the helm. That's where I operate the boat. Everthing there is fixed permanently. I don't like things dangling around, and don't use portable devices for navigating while underway.

All the plugs, chargers and electronic accessories are kept at the navigation station where there is plenty of storage space and power outlets for everthing.
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Old 02-20-2019, 03:58 PM   #23
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I prefer not to have any chargers or power outlets at the helm. That's where I operate the boat. Everthing there is fixed permanently. I don't like things dangling around, and don't use portable devices for navigating while underway.

All the plugs, chargers and electronic accessories are kept at the navigation station where there is plenty of storage space and power outlets for everthing.
Glad that works for you. But that's not what I've asked, nor how I have things set up. So....?
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Old 02-20-2019, 04:07 PM   #24
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My needs were to recharge my zillion candle power flash light, hand held radio & have a 110 receptacle at the ready.
Yeah, I've already got those ugly Blue Sea 12v sockets, well, ONE anyway, and it's very poorly positioned. Likewise the AC plug is right next to it. They're positioned just to the right/starboard of the wheel (circled in green). Anything plugged into them is a hazard for being banged into if you're coming/going through the starboard side door.

On the upper helm they're likewise poorly positioned, but that's a whole other set of issues.

When the boat was built in 2005 and previous owners spec'd the electronics I'm sure lots of things were different. There's a few new things out and I'd like to find ways to get them set up without being a disruption.

So, yeah, I "get it" lots of folks want to use x, y or z and hate anything else. That's fine, go with that!

I'm just looking to fine-tune how MY boat is setup to fit MY desires.
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Old 02-20-2019, 04:28 PM   #25
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I'm avoiding using AC for all this as we have plenty of battery capacity. That and I'd prefer to avoid running the generator when not needed and not lose charge on various devices. Guest phones, kids tablets, etc.

We do have an inverter but then it just wasted wattage battery->inverter->charger->devices. Might as well just have 12v->charger->devices.

The upper station has AC behind a Vimar membrane door on the port side (outlet and on/off switch) and a Blue Sea 12v on the starboard side. The Vimar cover on the starboard also has AC along with an RJ11 phone jack.

And IS there ever a good place to stow/charge the zillion-candlepower flashlights? The real hassle with most of them is their internal circuits aren't really designed to be charged constantly. Leaving them plugged in often kills the batteries. The flip side being they're dead.

I've got all my workshop chargers at home on a controlled switch. It automagically turns on overnight for a few hours as a means to 'top off' anything that might need it. Same thing for the kid's scooter.

It'd be nice to have something similar on the boat. More on that when these other things start to get sorted out.
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