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This page shows the electrical installation on our barge Elessina. Elessina was built by Piper Boats at Stoke on Trent to a sailaway plus level, we completed the fit-out on our mooring at Port Medway Marina on the River Medway in Kent. Elessina is 60 ft long x 12'-6" wide has a 12mm thick 5ft wide flat bottom with 8/10mm thick angled side chines.
Installing the Electrical distribution housing and controls The 4 photos above show the installation of the electrical distribution controls. The corner to the left of the stairs was selected, primary because of it's close proximity to the engine room (behind the stairs) and that a 'corner' was felt to be a good location.
The 1st photo shows 8 of the 2" diameter holes drilled into the engine bulkhead (4 holes top centre for cables + 2 holes middle for water pipes + waste pipes toward the bottom ). The top 6 holes are sleeved with 1-3/4" (40mm) waste pipe fittings. The holes should have been bigger, the bigger the better on reflection. I am now struggling to get any extra cables through the holes, although in theory all have been run ages ago, but there always seems to be an extra one required. The hole cutter is the white thing centre left. I do not know how many large holes I have drilled through bulkhead etc. must be nearly 50, between 20mm and 50mm dia. The hole-saw set from screwfix at around £35 has been great, do not know what I would have done without it.
2nd photo shows the location of the electrical distribution equipment. It is housed in an Ikea alluminium roll front cabinet, cut down to fit under the gunnels. Seems to have worked out well. The 'blue box' is the Victron phoenix multi-plus inverter/charger. Above this is the 230v ac main panel. There are 4 x low voltage dc circuit breaker panels to the left (top dc panel is 3x12v, 2nd down is 8x24v navigation, 3rd down is 8x24v lights and bottom panel is 12x24v house). There is a 24v to 12v victron converter behind the 12v panels, and there is an automatic 230v selection switch (incoming generator / shore power)
Photo left shows the cables coming through the engine bulkhead, from the control distribution panel, viewed from engine room). All the holes are sleeved. The top of the calorifier can also be seen.
Photo right shows the back of
the lift out dc circuit breaker
panels. Lift out makes it easy to
Top photos show the traction batteries (12 x 2v x 920ahr) prior to connection. We filled the batteries with acid. Over 100 litres!!! Not a particularly nice job (rubber apron, long rubber gloves, eye glasses and rubber boots) but job done and batteries now happily working away. They were 'cooking' for nearly 3 days with frequent topping up of water. Photo right shows the batteries connected, with an acrylic sheet top covering the terminals. The isolation transformer and engine batteries are underneath the main battery bank. The calorifier is to the left of the batteries.
Main bedroom showing the bow thruster etc under the bed frame
Weed hatch, Bow thruster and 12 litre Water accumulation tank
Looking down at the Weed hatch, Bow thruster and 12 litre Water accumulation tank. The water pump is located towards the bottom
Shower Pump Out Installation
These photos show the installation of the shower pump out unit. It is installed under the floor between the shower and toilet (photo left). Photo right shows it installed under the floor boards prior to hose connections with the round shower drain hole shown in the foreground. I built a cradle to support the unit, with a small access to the side allowing for some storage in the bilges.
We have two of these pump out units, one for each of the shower cubicals.
Elessina's Schematic Wiring Diagramme
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