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Inverter ideas

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Inverter ideas

Postby Seif911 » May 27th, 2013, 9:10 am

Good Morning All,
I am curious how everybody has a inverter setup on their boats. In my breaker box I have a breaker for shore power and one for the generator. I could set up an inverter going to the breaker box, but I guarantee that one of my kids will mess up the thought, like leave the inverter on when connecting to shore power. Very bad...

I need to make the above scenario impossible. Since I am in the marina, I most likely will not need lots of power for anything but a tv/DVD. I think I can just leave the frig off for a day trip of fishing/diving. I was thinking of maybe mounting the inverter and just using the outlets directly off of it to power the tv/DVD. If we need the microwave or something larger, I can always crank up the generator.

Thoughts or comments? Is this really my best option? I have 11 kids...and we all know kids. Everything they can touch or play with, they will.
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Re: Inverter ideas

Postby AaHubb » May 27th, 2013, 11:03 am

That's what I have for a setup. I mounted the inverter near the batteries to keep the heavy gauge 12v cables ($$) as short as possible. I then routed the 120vac to a power strip behind the tv.
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Re: Inverter ideas

Postby waybomb » May 27th, 2013, 11:11 am

11 kids? Eleven? Dude, you need a 65 Hatteras!

I guess I don't understand why you would bother with an inverter? You have a Genny for trips, and every marina on Lake Michigan has standard shore-power connections. I'm plugged in whenever not out on the lake.
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Re: Inverter ideas

Postby Seif911 » May 27th, 2013, 3:04 pm

Hmmm...a power strip behind the tv just to the inverter, I like it.

Ya...I really only need it when I am actually fishing. The kids may find fishing boring and it will entertain them...how sad is that!
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Re: Inverter ideas

Postby waybomb » May 27th, 2013, 4:59 pm

Make sure you use your battery switch each time, so you can restart the engines!
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Re: Inverter ideas

Postby Seif911 » May 27th, 2013, 6:48 pm

True. I also have a 3rd battery just for the generator. Of course the problem is that I did not connect any wires to it except for the charger so I always have a spare...no not the plan, just too much to do.
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Re: Inverter ideas

Postby Eddie Ziegler » September 9th, 2015, 10:01 pm

I have to leave my invertor

breaker on to run my fridge and freezer when I am on shore power are the generator is this correct?
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Re: Inverter ideas

Postby waybomb » September 10th, 2015, 9:20 pm

An inverter will take dc current and turn into ac current.
If you are on shore power or genny, you already have ac available, so no need for the inverter.
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