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Adding a voltage booster

Discussion in 'Electronics' started by Bamboo, Oct 29, 2017.

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  1. Capt Ralph

    Capt Ralph Senior Member

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    A 50A/240V Charles transformer weighs 235Lb by it self.
    With IsoBoost, 245Lbs.

    They draw from the dock service so yes, I guess it could draw some current away from common line connects (like adding any other load) or until your shore service breaker trips.
  2. Bamboo

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    The genset puts out 244 volts. The dock where this one boat is at reads 239 volts. When a dock/marina delivers less than 210 volts there are issues- not just with this boat but many boats. That's the issue being addressed with this thread.
  3. Capt Ralph

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    239Vac is very good. No Wye transformer in use there.
    If the levels stay up there during the summer, then it's a great slip.
    Is that back at Sailfish Marina?

    If < 210Vac is an issue on other docks, you may never be happy at these places.
  4. captholli

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    If you want to rectify the situation relatively inexpensively than remove your existing isolation transformer and replace with a buck -boost isolation transformer of the proper kva and if you have a larger budget and or the vessel will be travelling outside the continental U.S. than install a frequency converter and be done with it. Is the vessel running on 100 amp single phase now?
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  6. Bamboo

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    Many marinas during peak summer months have the low voltage issue which is the reason for the thread. It's not specific for any one boat- but all boats that deal with low voltage.
  7. Capt Ralph

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    And all boats will deal with low voltage or lessen their dependency for dock electric power.
  8. Capt Ralph

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    One of the smaller dock owners south of here has the answer in fixing low power problems and people who complain; Docks are for storage, No live a boards alowed. Then kicks them out. The rest of the customers on the dock are happy when this happens. It's usually the guy running 4 A/Cs complaining and keeping the other boats from getting a good Vac level.

    And finally #10; Unplug the battle ships at the end of the docks. More juice for the rest of ya.