Getting Back Modern Day Luxuries
Modern-day comforts like electric-powered heat and cooling aren’t just for those who live on land. Thanks to our solar and lithium batteries, we have added some serious off-grid luxuries to our floating home.
We’ve never been the kind of people who only seek out perfectly sunny 75-degree days. We love all seasons and some of the world’s most extreme landscapes (and life) are in the most extreme environments. Which means we need to prepare ourselves for a wide variety of conditions.
Now, there are plenty of opinions about how one should go about life, travel, adventure, and everything in between. Variety, it’s the spice of life. It’s not one size fits all.
As for us, we like to travel with the comforts of home. We believe boat life and comfort can, and do, coexist. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. There are plenty of challenges between dodging wild weather systems, navigating bureaucracy, searching out safe harbors, and learning how to fix anything. No need to wake up with a heat rash in the tropics or with icicles on our noses in the higher latitudes.
We’ve done plenty of both over the past decade and agree it should be avoided if possible. Our home is our vessel, and for us, these upgrades help make long-term travel more sustainable.
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Flexible Solar Panels
Just a direct replacement for the 6, 100-watt Flex Panels that were damaged in the storm. Flexible panels are the only way to go for the hardtop because they allow us to walk on them to get to our sails, the reefing lines, and the traveler. These panels are built to withstand the marine environment, they can curve up to 30 degrees, and are 82% lighter than framed solar panels (plus you can’t stub your toe on them). The latest version (come out mid-2022) is 110w with a super heavy-duty ETFE coating.
Off-Grid AC, Heat, Dehumidifier
We installed 2 (1 aft, 1 forward) Webasto FCF Platinum 1600 btu units with Easy Start & Easy Touch Control Display
The Easy Start device (made by Micro Air) is what allows us to run the AC without having to run a generator or being plugged into shore power. It’s a beautiful thing!
The compressor on an air conditioner has a huge power spike as it starts up. Because of this spike, it requires a lot of power to start an A/C, typically a large generator or 30-50amp shore power supply. But the Easy Start does exactly as the name implies, it eases the start.
EasyStart is a custom-developed soft starter for single-phase motors. It can deliver 65-75% start current reduction as compared to a compressor’s LRA (locked-rotor amperage). In other words, it eases the start enough so we can run it through our inverter to power our AC off our lithium batteries.
Here is a video where we share the installation of the Easy Start on our old ACs right after we bought Curiosity, and some fun testing showing how the easy start works.
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Go to MicroAir.net to purchase
- $25 off Easy Start: GWTW
- $20 off EasyTouch Marine Touchscreen Control Displays: GWTWDISPLAY
- $75 off EasyTouch Marine Control Displays Kit: GWTWComplete
A note from Micro Air: These are non-stackable codes. A customer can order 3 EasyStarts in one order and each one is discounted. But add a different part, and the system won’t accept a second code. In other words, you will need to make separate orders to garner the full value of all discounts. It’s a function of our eCommerce platform. Shipping cost is based on weight so you are not taking a financial hit on that front.
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