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ELECTRICITY On A Sailboat Q&A ⛵️ (Lithium, Solar, Wind)

This video is all about Lithium Batteries, Solar, Wind, Inverters, Chargers, and everything else Power Related to take your Yacht or Sailboat OFF-THE-GRID for a while!

This episode is dedicated to our Patrons, thanks so much for your great questions! There are timestamps below for each question.


Additional Recommended Watching:

HELLO Lithium, Goodbye Propane- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvDCLtN22jY

Sailboat Electrical System Overview (Playlist)- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmbH-TAM2Wk&list=PLQp8FoQ4t-lUAHfipxG8pVDb3LVHaoCNo

WATT The Hell is an Amp Hour?- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuPvhk-EP9E



03:47 – Do the solar panels alone handle your electrical needs or is the generator needed on a regular basis?

06:10 – How much power do the sails create when Delos is sailing at 6 knots? Would there be a horsepower figure?

07:28 – What’s the fire risk with Lithium batteries? How do you reduce the risk?

09:23 – How much power do you produce from solar panels and wind generators?

14:35 – Is the wind turbine an effective source of power?

15:30 -Do you have your inverter turned on all the time or only when you need AC power?

17:46 – Can you run your air conditioning regularly off battery power?

20:36 – When do you start worrying about battery charge levels? And what steps do you take to conserve energy?

22:03 – When a boat converts to Lithium what changes need to be made to the charging system? Also mention spike suppressor.

25:29 – Have you thought about going to a high output alternator?

26:30 – Is a power audit worth doing?

27:40 – Do you still plot positions or are you mainly electric charts now?

28:50 – Where does one learn the basic of solar?

30:18 – Can you mix lead batteries with Lithium batteries to help with nighttime discharges?

31:13 – How can you track the power generated by wind and solar?

31:48 – Are you able to make water off your solar?

33:18 – How much solar would you need to go 100% electric, no generator, no Diesel engine?

41:03 – Are you a fan of the induction stovetop?

42:20 – How important is it to have the same bus bars and loads on high current applications?

43:44 – How can you protect your system from voltage spikes if the battery management system shuts off?

44:28- What electronics would you recommend for a small, simple day sailor

45:14 – What secondary charging method would you depend on?

The Pioneers of Sailing Videos – Distant Shores Interview

How do you earn money from sailing videos? How has this changed over time with the new trends in Social Media and YouTube vs. Broadcast TV? Do you have any tips for those just starting out? I get a chance to sit down and chat with Paul and Sheryl Shard from Distant Shores, who were one of the first to make Sailing Lifestyle Videos. They answer these questions and many more as we discuss how technology enables us to live a digital nomadic lifestyle while sailing, and the pro’s and con’s of the transition from broadcast TV to YouTube and social media. Please subscribe to our channel! https://www.youtube.com/svdelos/?sub_confirmation=1

Eco-Antifouling Results Q&A – Failure or Success????

Eco-friendly antifouling Q&A with Capt. Brian and Senor Brady. We sit down and discuss the results of our eco-friendly antifouling experiment. Brian starts off with a little recap of what we did during our haul out in Grenada, and why we made the decision to try and find a paint that did not rely on traditional antifouling agents. We show the results of Delos sitting at 3 weeks, 5 weeks, and 7 weeks without moving, and compare those results to boats around us with hard copper, ablative copper, homemade copper-epoxy, and copper coat. Finally we scrub the bottom clean and start sailing regularly again and show how the effects of water over the hull make a difference in the growth on Delos’s hull. This was a really interesting video to research and put together, we hope you learned as much as we did!

Links to papers about effects of copper on the environment:

Products used on Delos:

Ultrasonic Antifouling


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SeaSpeed VX q0 Paint


Underwater Drill (Nemo Power Tools)

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Q n A – Delos 2.0, Lithium Batteries, Money and whats next! Friday Night LIVE-ish…

Way back in 2015 we were releasing 2 episodes a month….The time between when we filmed and released them was over a year! We made the decision to work our asses off and release 1 episode every week until we got “caught up”… Well, THE TIME HAS COME!!! Its taken 3 years but here we are, currently editing footage that we shot within the last month. This means we have time to be WAY more creative, switch things up and take on new challenges!! So, every so often a Friday can now be something like this! A Live Q and A, Bonus Video, 360 video, Slow TV Episode, Boat Work, etc…The possibilities are endless! View More