Yesterday was another day of projects with one of them being the installation of a 120 volt outlet in our main berth (bedroom). Up to this point, if we had wanted to run any electrical items in there, we were forced to run an extension cord from the Nav(igation) station. Motivated by the increase in convenience of having our new outlet in our salon area, we figured that the time and money to do this would be worthwhile.
New outlet in the salon area.
As I mentioned, it is really quite easy for us to gain access to the various channels to run wires on our boat. With Rebecca’s help we got that part looked after quickly. All that remained was to actually purchase a GFI (ground fault interrupter) receptacle and do some cutting on the wooden panel where the outlet would lie.
New outlet in the main berth. The red plug is a GFI Outlet Tester which checks for correct wiring, open ground, reverse polarity, open hot, open neutral, hot on neutral, hot and ground reversed with open hot, and ground fault interruption.
Where does this electricity come from? At present, while tied to the dock, we are hooked into shore power via a large extension cord. While underway though this AC power is generated by our boat’s inverter. Our Heart 2000W Inverter/Charger battery management system, manufactured by Xantrex, takes the DC electricity from our batteries, does some sort of electrical voodoo to it, and spits out the AC that everyone uses in their homes. We don’t use AC very often when not at the dock, but it’s nice to have it available when we do need it.
A newer version of the inverter/charger which is installed on our boat.