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Among the winter projects......

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  1. FasterHorses

    FasterHorses

    Joined Aug 7, 2013
    30 posts, 5 likes
    O'day 39' 25th Anniversary
    US Mystic, CT
    So among the winter projects on my list for 2018, is the updating of our battery charger. I am certain that I will buy the Sterling Pro Ultra 40 from Maine Sail, but my uncertainty lies in where it is to be installed. Our electrician, (yes, we source out that type of work per order of the Admiral-who is also our self appointed safety officer), says that we should relocate it from its current location. I am not convinced that this is necessary, as the current battery charger has been in this location probably forever. I would like to hear serious opinions as to the current location versus finding a new location. The current location is on the forward bulkhead inside the starboard sail locker. The new location is a hard find.....

    Tony
    s/v Faster Horses
     

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  2. dlochner

    dlochner

    Joined Jan 11, 2014
    2,104 posts, 744 likes
    Sabre 362
    113 US Fair Haven, NY
    What's her reasoning for relocating the charger? The new one is will be much lighter and perhaps a bit smaller than the old one.
     


  3. Ward H

    Ward H

    Joined Nov 7, 2011
    1,758 posts, 175 likes
    Catalina 30 Mk II
    US Barnegat, NJ
    Tony,
    I'm working on the install of my Sterling Pro Charge Ultra 30 which I purchased from Maine Sail.
    Here is an excerpt from the installation manual concerning the charger.

    "19) Conforms to A.B.Y.C. drip test. Waterproof when water is dropped directly on to the top of the unit ( +/ - 17 degrees ) if installed correctly (vertically).
    20) The printed circuit boards are conformal coated for high humidity operations. "

    Sounds like installing in a sail locker would be fine but you know who I would ask? Main Sail. He probably can tell you exactly the best location.
     


  4. Jackdaw

    Jackdaw

    Joined Nov 8, 2010
    8,780 posts, 2,114 likes
    Beneteau First 36.7 & 260
    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    Looks like your current location gets wet.
     


  5. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    2,603 posts, 1,085 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    Look at those terminals. Find a dryer location. How far away are your batteries? Does it get hot near them?

    - Will (Dragonfly)
     


  6. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    5,579 posts, 1,884 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    @FasterHorses Tony you will want to have a dry site that allows you to inspect the LED battery charging information on the charger. You will also want enough space around the unit so that you get good air flow to provide cooling air. Location will be best near the batteries as it affects the size of the DC charging wires you will need to run to the batteries. The AC wires are not as significant issue, I believe mine are standard marine 3 wire 12AWG.

    I have found my unit to be a great selection.
     



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