I decided to expand the battery system on our C30 Mark 2.

 

In addition to the G27 and starter battery in the battery box under the Starboard Settee,

I had an extra deep cycle G27, from a previous boat.

 

Without getting into inverters, isolators, -combiners, etc, I just wanted to add ampacity to the house bank, and keep the starter battery topped off for turning over the motor.

 

Wiring the 2 deep cycle batteries in parallel makes it appear as a single big battery with twice the amps.  The ‘1-both-2-off’ switch on the panel works as before; charger has its own leads, so charging at the dock will charge both banks (all 3 batteries).

 

I choose to locate the starter under the aft quarterberth.  I figured the wire length (voltage drop) would be no worse than the current configuration.  I only had to add the ground cable (#2 welding cable from the electrical supply store; they crimped on the ends) from the starter battery to the engine block, and the platform to hold the battery.

 

The platform is plywood, coated in epoxy.  It has 3 legs made from bolts from the hardware store.  Once I had the platform level, I mixed up some epoxy and glued the bolt heads to the hull.  I already had the battery box, and I bought the battery strap from WM.

 

Last summer I was working for GE Transportation Systems, so I couldn’t swing a cat without hitting an electrical engineer.  Several engineers sprinkled the plan (diagrams) with holy water, so I had high confidence.

 

After one season, it works.  Now on the hard, I took some pictures (which match, but don’t look like, the diagram).

 

Any questions, you can contact me.

 

Joe Orinko

1990 C30 #5805

433 Lincoln Avenue

Erie, PA 16505

814 456 6469

unicorn@velocity.net

June 2005