⛵️Testing our abandoned sailboat’s electrical systems (after 22 years) LTP#095

⛵️Testing our abandoned sailboat’s electrical systems (after 22 years) LTP#095

Isn’t too dark here? I can solve this problem. That’s a pretty light. But it’s still dark in here. Now we can solve it for real. We finally finally have light on
the boat. We do have batteries now. And that’s what we’re gonna talk about
this week. We’re gonna show you how to installed all the batteries and how we tested all the systems to check out what works and what doesn’t after 22 years sitting on the hard. We have good and bad news. So, let’s get started. I’m Roberta. And I’m Duca. And for the past year we’ve been building our own tiny shipping container house. Made possible by our Patrons (Thank you!!) So we can travel around knowing that we will always have this little place that we can call home. But guess what? We’ve just found our dream project before we expected: this abandoned sailboat. So we are gonna stop building the house for a couple months to bring our boat back to life and then we’re gonna go back to finish the
house. New episode every Monday!! We changed our minds. Yeah, we found a better solution. We were gonna install one battery here and one here. But we didn’t want to lose all this space. So, we found a way to put both batteries on this spot. That’s pretty good. To do that we need to create a… we need to raise the bottom to support the battery. And that’s what we have this wood for. We got this wood by the way with Cícero. Thanks so much, Cícero. He has a shop next to the shop of the welder that’s working with us. And as we go there
almost every day we got friends with him and I asked him
for some scrap pieces… They’re not so scrap, look at this. Teak. Yeah, this is a nice teak piece. Thanks so much. Now we just need to cut this. So… we were gonna start working right now, after lunch. But a friend that we’ve just met here in the marina asked if we’d want to go… for a ride. He’s not gonna go sailing today because the wind is not that good but he’s gonna go more around the bay and we don’t know yet. So… It’s about time to know the bay where the marina is. That’s pretty cool. It’s a cool way to know the arounds. Yeah, let’s see how it is. Max Gorissen (www.sailbrasil.com.br) Well, back to reality. Good reality. Actually, it’s about our boat. Rumo aos Pólos by Julio Fiadi (former owner of the boat) Well, originally the boat had 5
batteries. 4 for general use. So, four 100 amps, I mean four 100 amps batteries here. So 2 in the bottom 2 in the back. There’s another one back and another one
back. And another 150 in here. This one is just for the engine, that’s 150 amps hours. But we decided to changed it. This is still 150 amp hours for the engine. These, instead of 100 are four 105, just because they changed over time the model. And here we installed other 2 105 amp hours. That means we have now 6 105 amp hours batteries for general use and another one 150 for the engine. And we can still choose in between… Where is the light? This is still useful. Yeah, so basically… Even tough we have one battery just for the engine that doesn’t mean that if this battery goes bad we cannot use the other batteries for engine. Here we can choose in between the batteries. This is a pretty floor. So basically this is the
battery from the engine this is the battery for everything else that we are using right now and this is where you connect them together to use both
systems as it was one. So now we need to talk about how do we get energy on this boat. Or what is our energy source. We have four sources of energy on this boat. That doesn’t mean that all 4 sources are working right now. We have solar panel. That’s is working, checked. Wind generator. Not working. Shore power. Working. I mean… Half of it. Kind of working, yeah. Shore power is used to use the energy from the shore and also to recharge the batteries. We can use the energy from outside, that’s the one we are using right now, that is shore power. But it’s not charging our charger/inverter, it’s not working. For now. We still think we can fix it. But for now inverter plus charger: not working. Generator. Diesel generator. Not working. But… We could fix it. We don’t know if we want to fix it. But still it’s something that we did decide. But for now diesel generator
is not working. They say that’s a really good one but it shakes a lot the boat and it’s really loud the sound of it. So, we’re… It’s like a really really old one
cylinder diesel generator from Yanmar. So, it’s good but it’s loud and shaky. Yeah, we’ll see it. We’re not really sure if we want to burn diesel for energy. We are gonna try probably to have more solar panels. We’ll see it, that’s for the future. We have 3 electrical panels on the boat. So this one is the 12 volts internal panel. So that means that everything that’s
inside of the boat uses this panel for 12 volts. This is the 110. So basically the generator and the shore power all come to here and that’s where you choose
where the energy comes from. If it’s from the diesel generator, if it’s from the shore power. And here’s where you control the diesel generator on this panel. These are also the instruments. Working? Radio, CD player, depth… Working. This is working. This we don’t know yet. And here, all these instruments are basically bad. So that’s the radar: not good. This is the chart plotter: not good. This is the autopilot. This we are hoping to fix, we believe that it’s just the screen, the LCD that’s bad. We think that we can fix this one. This is the SSB radio, single sideband radio, that’s… we really really want this to work and we believe that’s also just the LCD. So, we might fix this one. The depth. At least the screen is bad. The external lights. And the external lights… Here is a panel for 12volts for outside of the boat. So, every 12 volt system, that means navigation light and all the exterior lights are all on this panel, and not on that one that’s the inside one. But now we need to explain how does the energy travel inside of the boat. What I mean by that is… When we click on the… When we connect to the shore power the way the energy comes is like this. The cable from the shore power comes all the way to this transformer and from here
transforms 220 volts into 110 volts. We have one outlet for 220, that comes
straight from shore power, that’s that one right there. And all the rest are 110. So the 110 goes… after here it goes to 110 and also to the battery charger. So this is the battery charger. And this charger is not just the charger, this is what converts the 110 that gets there to 12 volts. So this is not working, right? Yeah, so this is not working right. But the shore power is working right. So
we are receiving energy from the shore power. And all the 12 volt systems are
working through the shore power. But that means that we are not charging the batteries and that’s why we are using shore power. Because if we start using the batteries that means that really soon we are gonna run out of batteries. And we don’t wanna kill our brand new batteries. We’re just installed our brand new batteries. As soon as the paint the boat we are done installed a solar panel that’s working. Oh! That’s true. The solar panel is working, it’s just not connected because we are also on the covered area. And now it’s all covered, they are painting the boat. Spoiler alert It’s like that. Other than that we tried all the
systems on the boat this week. *with the support of an electrician (Carlinhos) And we have some good
and bad news. The good news is our fridge is working. Come on. Our fridge this little thing. This little dusty thing. So, this is working. We have freezer and fridge. And it’s working. That’s really good. That’s pretty good. And I don’t know if you remember but we used to have another fridge right there. Right here. This one was just an 110-volt fridge. And we didn’t want to have 110 on the boat, right? What did we do? We gave it to the old guy that works here. Old guy is his nickname. Yeah, old guy is his nickname. We’re not been… not polite. Yeah, so basically he wanted a extra
fridge for his house and we gave him as a gift. Because we were not gonna use it and we also had something to do… we wanted to fix something back there. That is something for a future episode, but we wanted to have access to the area back there. The engine water valves Yeah, it’s something for a future
episode. But basically we took that away and gave him as a gift, right? And other than that? The bilge pump is not there anymore. Because it was not working. And we need to buy me one, that’s a bad thing. So, here another bad news. I’m not sure if it’s a bad bad news. Here is a boiler. So we have a 40… so that’s a 40 litres boiler, that we think it’s working. But
the energy is not getting to here. So, that means that we need somehow to
figure out where the energy is breaking if we need to change the cables and… we
still gonna work on that. But I think we are gonna be able to fix the boiler. The water pumps are working. This is just the pressure pumps for the water system. It’s working but there is some
leaks actually here. We turned it on… Easy to fix. We are not sure if we’re gonna change that to more modern pumps, this is a really one that the pressure control… the accumulated pressure is here and then the pump is there and… The former owner said that these brakes really often. And I think the newest ones they
don’t break as often as these ones. So, in the future we want to change that. But for now they are working. What else? As you can tell lights are working. That’s pretty good, but we’re gonna change it for LED. All the lights are really old and they use a lot of energy. So, of course this is the most smart idea. Took a long time to find the right LED that fits inside of these things. So this one I think is gonna be
really good. It’s really strong actually. And we wanted the warm one, not the cold light. So, we’re gonna put some of these here inside to substitute this. But that’s gonna be with time, because right now we have a lot of things to do. But we already bought 60
small lights of those and we’re gonna change the whole interior of the boat to LED. Let’s see if the outlets our working. But don’t use these one, that’s 220. She wants to try out outlets. She’s curious to see if all of them are working. Working. There is another one there? Yeah. Good. Working. That’s pretty good. We have one more on… 2 actually. Is that 110? 12 volts and 110. That’s pretty good. That means all the outlets are good.
That’s a really good news. All the lights, the navigation lights we tried to see if runs energy through the wiring. Because we don’t have the lights on. We cut all the lights off to paint the boat. But at least we have energy in every single wire, that means the wires are good. We just need to buy the lights itself. So, that’s good news too. But we’re gonna put this lights when we rebuild the mast. I think we covered everything, right? We still have some, of course, electrical parts to fix to rebuild. And to… We’re gonna do this with time. But refit takes time. You know how it goes. It’s just… you kind of find new things every week. Every day. And we want to install a electrical toilet in one of the heads. Both heads are manual, we want to have
one manual and one electrical. So we need to run the cables for this. And also the bilge pump for the shower. The bilge pump for the shower is manual
we want to install electrical. Because we don’t wanna get sweat after a shower, right? That doesn’t make sense. That’s gonna be for the future. Just hang on. It’s time to thank our new Patreons. So, welcome on board Ravic, Shawn, Badoiu, Terrence & Rosemary, Brain, Tony, Emilio, Jorge, Therese, William, Marco, Ken, Kevin, Mark, Tom, Toby, Mark, Charles, Ken and Sailor, Randy, Laurian and Byron. Guys, thanks so much. We really really really appreciate the support. And we see you guys next Monday. Join the crew

100 thoughts on “⛵️Testing our abandoned sailboat’s electrical systems (after 22 years) LTP#095

  1. Hello friends! You must use a plastic container to put the batteries in. Please refer to "Lead Acid Batteries can EAT a SAILBOAT" in youtube to have a good reference. The link where I saw it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYlhinRAM0I&t=652s
    Pura Vida from Costa RIca!

  2. wow u have a lot of options……..its nice to start fresh and have many modern items to choose from….cannot wait to see what u choose.

  3. What a delightful young couple you two are, you have a big job in front of you, but with your enthusiasm and dedication l have no doubt this will again be a fine sailing vessel, all the best to you.

  4. I love this boat. Unsure why so much. I am glad someone is refurbishing and will take it on the water once again.

  5. i was watching another channel and they almost set fire to there boat because of a surge of power from shore power you can put a fuse on that line so your boat will not catch fire fuse is easy fire not so easy regards

  6. The boat is getting shape , very good job guys ….um conselho..vcs TEM QUE TER o Gerador Diesel …isso pode realmente salvar a vida + motores diesel dos barcos a vela consumen muito pouco carburante!

  7. **..W.O.W. solar panel & more technologies essential for sailers .. thanks a lot Roberta & Duca for educating us **

  8. Hi Guy's. With those nice new batteries you may want to thing about a battery desulfator to keep them in top condition. We have one. They can double the life of the batteries. Also a good battery monitor like the Victron series. Red light LEDs for night passages are a must. A small pure sine wave inverter for you computers and other small things that you can run from solar or the house batteries. Say 600-1000 watt. Much better than running the generator. Solar, go bigger than you need and go for MPPT regulator. Preferably split the system so you have two regulators and two sets of panels. With the battery bank you have your going to need 500-600 watts of solar but you need to do a table of consumption over 24 hours so you can determine how many watt hours you use per 24 hours to work it out. You probably already know all this but, if it helps …. Sail safe. Ant & Cid xx

  9. Man I Love you guy's.. So Pure and Real.. May I say I think you should keep the diesel generator even if it is noisy and shakes, a back up is alway's nice to have, just saying.. Peace

  10. don't watch you all anymore, was watching your tiny house but I could care less about your boat, I have unsubscribed

  11. https://youtu.be/bxUOmEXlSCM
    These type of drives have advantage when you sail along with solar panels, wind turbine. But don't know how much expensive are these type. While sizing inverter don't forget surge current of equipment in use. AC distribution has advantage but dependent of Inverter. Diesel Engine is an Emergency Response at Sea.

  12. Make sure you have the batteries properly vented so you don't build up hydrogen gas in the compartments, it can be explosive

  13. Batterys that are in a charging state will emit a highly explosive hydrogen gas that can be easily ignited by a errant spark. Always allow for proper ventilation of those gasses. Most electrical problems (Especially Those of marine Nature )will be due to corroded connections,and bad grounding. To minimize this Always use a dielectric grease on your connections .

  14. Very enjoyable channel. Check out this channel of a couple who are a lot alike to this charming couple: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPTQ5iWOL1F0KLY09JmovfQ

  15. You guys need to contact yellowskeeter.com he’s a guy I know that’s an electronic guru. You can get rid of those 3 electronics screens and get one 15” that will do all 3. Yellow Skeeter does travel out of the USA to overseas locations. Might be worth contacting him for advice.

  16. Bacana, a reforma segue de vento em popa…
    Sobre o radio HF , ali está só a frente dele , o modulo principal deve estar dentro do armário, normalmente é conectado com uma extensao . Dá pra conectar a frente dele direto no modulo. Tenho um Icom IC706 que é bem parecido com esse.
    Grande abraço.

  17. Nice video! But i was a bit worried, at 6:14 i see the cables connecting the batteries are on top of each other, vibrations etc can cause damage to insulation and if the plus and minus on that big battery is shortet, a fire is very possible. It looks like there is room to lay them away from each other. Awesome project! And you guys are so positive, and so inspiring! Bless you!

  18. I don't think you have a big enough house battery if you plan to cruise full time. With lead acid only half of your bank is available to you. Lead acid has a limited charge rate so this becomes a problem with a larger bank. Lithium isnt more expensive than lead acid when you consider that you can discharge to 90% and charge at a much higher rate. Of course the whole energy plan depends on what type of refrigeration you are doing so start here with sorting out your energy load. We ran 1200ah lead acid bank on our cat with dual danfoss bd35 compressors running fridge and freezer (albeit poor insulation) and our energy management was a challenge. Even with 500w solar we still needed to do an hour of generator time every day. I wouldn't waste money on wind generator. Noisy dangerous and not enough return on investment – spend the money on more solar. Imo you should dump the lead acid and save your pennies for lithium system with at least 600ah capacity. Check out lithium on a boat Facebook page. Lots of really talented people on that group to help you with system design. Don't underestimate the energy system. Cruising life is much more enjoyable with proper energy system design. I am also fan of 110v water makers which requires generator. We had 40gph system with 7kw genset. If you go 12v then again need to relook at your bank size and how you will charge as 12v watermakee will be lower capacity so longer run times to fill your tank. For family of 3 we averaged 100gallons water a week so just over 2 hours of genset time to fill tank every week. We had small washing machine so this was a large consumer of water (but worth it IMO as many places in Caribbean laundry service is very expensive… And its nice to have clean sheets every week. Watermaker gives to unlimited cruising ability. Just a few points for thought. Great channel. Cheers Kevin

  19. The generator is loud but with so many batteries if you ever changed them to lithium batteries you could get a heavier duty charger and charge them at 80% of the capacity of the generator without any float like on a lead acid charge cycle. This is a diesel generator's favorite thing to do. Do it once a month and chain the fluids and filters from time to time it should run for a very many years.

  20. Bare in mind: LED light make rf noise on radio (hf and vhf) so when you need to use radio , you might have to switch all led lights of, otherwise you will not hear the person (s) you are calling when they are not strong stations or far away from you (out at sea).
    Most leds lights make noise….

  21. Careful with the LEDS low quality ones will interfere with your VHF and HF/SSB transceivers reception as they can emit a lot of noise, regards!

  22. Watching you guys fix up this boat is better than any show HGTV has ever had. “Odd Life Crafting” even sounds like a HGTV hit show. I’m honestly shocked you two haven’t been approached by a Network.

  23. Hey guys, add the generator. After you begin your sailing adventures, sooner or later you will have a brush a tropical cyclone. You will be looking for what us old salts call, a "Hurricane Hole", a place to safely ride out the storm. When you are hunkering down in the Hurricane Hole you will have to remove the solar panels and stow them below with your boat cushions and sails, and anything else that isn't nailed down. You will want to run your TV and other appliances. Don't be penny wise and dollar foolish. Install the generator now while your boat is in the yard.

  24. https://www.k-tor.com/videos/power-box-50-demo/
    This unit is compact and will easily fit in a small sailboat or sailing yacht. Provides Electricity also exercise. Wonderful Generator. Also https://www.yirego.com/
    Washing machine.

  25. Hey great videos, you two are such likeable people. A little Fyi, during storage a hot water tank is drained of course so the main breaker is always turned off because the heating element(s) will burn up if turned on without water, even if just for a few seconds. So I suspect there is a power switch in the off position which supplies the tank.

  26. An interesting channel you might like to check out. He has some suggestions about used Lithium batteries. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L43bArxyszU

  27. My God, it is so complicated. I would worry every time I went to sea that something might break down. I could not do it with my anxiety. At least with a shipping container home you don't have to worry about it sinking or being adrift! : )

  28. Hey I thought you guys going to have a baby with lots of resolve helper was about but few have a baby I thought that was all that was about okay you guys have a good time you guys really don't need that boat you know go back to your house sell the boat and make the money and go back and live on your property or someone's cleaner I'm just trying to be polite you know Fremont California

  29. Such great videos..just came across it on reccomendations….you guys are great..new sub and subscriber…now my wife are binge watching all of your videos!!

  30. Minha vida, minha vontade é vcs fizeram tudo que eu desejaria um dia, ai ficovrndovcs como se fosse eu e que maravilha sair Nele e sabendo que r teu e não de um amigo a passeio kkk massa de maaaiiisss!!

  31. May i offer my knowledge? Your planned electrical "fixes" will bring you very big problems on tour. For live saving systems, replace the whole system/device and only the display. Your life may hang on those systems and then you will regret your decision saving at the wrong end.

  32. Now I know what I look like when I use power tools , please get a work bench and some clamps to hold the pieces you are cutting / drilling , you'll lose a hand or drill a hole in your leg the way you are going , very difficult to sail the world with one hand.
    Give me a delivery address and I will send you some clamps,don't want to see you beautiful people getting idiot rashes haha

  33. That old diesel generator will run on filtered cooking oil (and other oils), don't knock it yet, its good in a pinch.

  34. Please give me a shipping address, I have some spare wind generators, which I would like to ship to you both. One is 300w and the other is 500w. Dont need them anymore and I think you need them more than me! //edit: for free. Also a 3000w inverter with remote control //edit2: all is 12v and the inverter can serve 230v AC output

  35. Just rewatched this one. PLEASE STOP USING YOUR BODY PARTS TO SUPPORT ITEMS WHILE CUTTING, DRILLING AND SCREWING!!!. Sorry to be yelling, but this habit will catch up with you and get you hurt.

  36. Have you thought of this? Check this link out. https://youtu.be/Z2QAqtuK6Uk. I just saw, earlier today, on You Tube, A video about a couple (like you guys) that has a sailboat (like you guys) but found with using a computer on board your boat, and doing a lot of sailing, the engine charging the battery was not enough generation of electricity to keep it all going. They did a lot of research and added a flexible solar panel giving 130 V that did the trick to help out. I would seriously suggest you look into this. They even got a discount on the purchase for showing the set up on their you tube channel!

  37. Hi Guys lovely to see a such nice couple spending time doing so many interesting things! This is the life that everyone of us want but circumstances are that we need to work to sustain our day to day life unfortunately! Which is your secret to have so much free time and doing things that you like?

  38. I am late…. but the larger 31 series 12v DC batteries are only 150ah ?? In the states a 31 series is rated about 850ah or even more. Why the difference I wonder?

  39. Fix the generator or replace it. It is your shore power when you are traveling and anchored off or on a dock without power. It will recharge your batteries like shore power. Also if you have engine trouble it will keep you with lights and electronics working until the engine can do it again with the alternators. I have lived on a boat for over 25 years. Built redundancy for all systems. Makes it a safe self sufficient vessel.

  40. The guy that told you about the bilge alarm is absolutely correct. I have two. A bell and a load buzzer. Another critical safety item especially while sleeping.

  41. Replace the water pumps with the new ones. They are a ton quieter and much more reliable. They also draw far less amps. There really is no downside to them.

  42. Love watching this come along ! I'm showing these videos to my sailboat that I'm restoring and my boat told me she's leaving me to move to Brazil to live with you !!! LOL, keep up the great work! All the best from California

  43. Voces dois são uns amores!!! Parabens e que Deus de muita sorte, muita paz e principalmente muito amor para voces. Beijos do vovô Edson.

  44. If you can put something between the battery and the wood something that doesn’t retain moisture, it will lessen the chances of electrolyzing.

  45. If the wires are 22 years old it would be different if this was a house. The environment of salt water and salt air I question all the wire. Sometimes they have panels to access wire runs I would see if you can’t find a couple and open them up you may get a better idea of the condition.

  46. Phenomenal progress guys. I have sailed and worked on boats for years and understand the time and diligence required. Beautiful vessel. Love the color choice⛵️

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