Hi Victron Community,
I hope these stressful quarantine days find you well.
Let me explain what I have and what I want to accomplish and maybe you can help answer some of my questions and concerns
I am making switching to electric propulsion on my 43'(13.1m) yacht since the 40 year old Diesel Buhk/hydraulic drive system has seen better days.
For this I am installing a Fischer Panda 8000 NE PMS 230VAC 50Hz max power 6.5kW
The propulsion motor I am considering would be 48VDC with around 15 to 20kW of power with an expandable 48V 100 Amp-Hour battery bank
I also want to solar panels provide some level of charge as I am planning on cruising to the south pacific islands.
I have been considering the EasySolar II GX setup since it seems to have all of the parts in one unit.
One of my fears is that it's IP rating is 2.1, which would mean that I would most likely have to install the unit in dry locker that is constantly ventilated.
Would you recommend going this route of would you go for separate components for each one of the functions of the EasySolar unit, meaning, separate charger, inverter, MPPT solar charge controller, battery balancer etc... Price would not be an issue, as I estimate the costs of having to replace the EasySolar unit would offset going the separate route.
I think it's a big decision and it's possible to argue for both configurations:
1.On the one hand would like the fact that I could maintain each of the functions separately in case either of them fails, whereas with the EasySolar I imagine it would be very hard to debug issues since it seems like it would all be bundled together, and the low environmental rating makes me think it would not be very well suited for the marine environment.
2.On the other hand having everything centralized in a neat small package would make it indeed easier to accommodate in a very well designed dry locker with proper ventilation and possibly a small dehumidifier.
I apologize for the long message, but I seem to have a lot of spare time these days and it's got me wondering.
Let me know what you think.