Initial hardware install of Sage 15/SageCat electrical system

The initial hardware install of the Sage 15/SageCat prototype electrical system is complete –

initial install of parts

What you are seeing –

  • top left is the 12V ports, both ‘socket style’ and USB.
  • bottom left is the battery master.
  • bottom right is the charger extension cord hookup.
  • far right is the cooling vent for the battery charger. the charger is attached to this 1/2-bulkhead inside the starboard v-berth locker.

Now to install the wiring …

Sage 15/SageCat electrical system

How much should one complicate a 15′ boat?  This has been a primary discussion during development of the Sage 15/SageCat.  One area a boat can be made complicated is with an electrical system.  Water isn’t friendly to electrical components and the vibrations a trailerable boat experiences going down the road are equally unkind.  There is also the issue of cost … the more extensive the electrical system the price increases.  Marine rated components are expensive as is the time to install all the parts.

For the Sage 15/SageCat (S15/SC) the focus is on what can be installed quickly and with the least cost while not cutting corners on the quality of the installed system.  Looking at how the boat will be used the electrical system solves these problems –

  • charging handheld devices: cell phone(s), GPS, VHF and laptop/tablet computer
  • cabin lighting
  • running lights
  • anchor light

Wiring for running and anchor lights is extensive.  The installation of the wiring also complicates boat assembly.  With this in mind the offing will be battery operated LED lights that are US Coast Guard certified.  Details on these lights and there installation and use will be covered in a later post.

Now for handheld charging and cabin lighting a smaller battery can be used and the amount of wiring is significantly decreased.  The plan is to have a U-1 battery, a battery charger, a couple of 12V charging ports and a cabin light.

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Schematic to figure the needed components.

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Components ready for installation.

With the parts on hand placing them in the boat begins …

 

Busy boat shop and June plans

We have been very busy these past few months causing us to be slow in updating this BLOG and our forum; BUT over the past months there have been MANY posts on our Facebook and Instagram feeds (LOTS of pictures on Instagram).  There are also updates on our Twitter account.  For day-to-day Sage Marine activities these ‘social medial sites’ are a great way for you to see what we are up to.

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So what have we been busy with? Boat building and boat fixing!  New Sage 15s and SageCats are going out the door every couple of weeks in addition to Sage 17s.

In addition to building new boats we are are busy helping folks get their older boats ready for the sailing season …

… including assisting a Race to Alaska team preparing their Jerry Montgomery design for the run north from Port Townsend to Ketchikan.

This week Dave, the one typing this post, will be putting together a prototype Sage 15/SageCat electrical system.  Follow along as the system goes into the boat and the testing happens during the Puget Sound June Cruise.

This upcoming month, June 2017, Dave will be on the road and showing a SageCat on the Sage Marine West Coast Tour.  I you would like to see the boat please let us know (info@sagemarine.com & 800-621-1065).

I will be updating the social media feeds during my travels. Besides general SageCat showing I will also be taking a multi-day cruise around Northern Puget Sound.  My crew during the trip, and copilot while driving, will be the sailing & road tripping cat Momma Kitty.

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Momma Kitty in the cabin of Sage 17 001 AIR BORN after crossing the Strait of Juan de Fuca during the first leg of the 2015 Race to Alaska.

 

Sage Marine June 2017 West Coast Tour

A SageCat will be at the start to Race To Alaska in Port Townsend, WA. The 4-to-5 days prior to 8 June ’17 if you would like to go for a demo sail let us know – info@sagemarine.com or call 800-621-1065.

After the start to Race to Alaska we are still looking at making stops along I-5 to ‘show off the boat’. Let us know if you would like us to stop so you can take a look, and if near water, launch the SageCat and go for a sail.

At this time interest has been shown for the boat to stop in North Seattle, Portland, OR, and San Francisco Bay. Are there other locations along I-5 we should stop? Tacoma, WA? Olympia, WA? Fern Ridge, OR.? Nothern CA? Monterey Bay, CA? Long Beach, CA? San Diego, CA?  The ‘I-5’ dates will be the middle/late June 2017.

Whom would be interested? Respond here, send an email to info@sagemarine.com or call 800-621-1065.

Want to see a Sage 15 or SageCat in June 2017?

Question for our followers:

This summer Sage Marine will not be attending the Cruiser Challenge on Monterey Bay, CA (happens in late July ’17) as we have other events that conflict.

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Sage 15 sloop ASOLARE sailing on Port Townsend Bay, WA, June 2016.

We want to show the Sage 15 or SageCat along the west coast and wonder whom would like to see the boat and go for a sail? After the start to Race to Alaska we are looking at heading south along Interstate 5 to ‘show off the boat’.Besides showing the boat in Port Townsend, WA, should we stop in Seattle/Tacoma/Olympia, WA? Portland, OR? Fern Ridge, OR? Northern CA? San Fran, CA? Monterey, CA?Long Beach, CA? San Diego, CA? Other locations along the I-5 corridor? The dates will be the middle/late June 2017.

Whom would be interested? Respond here, send an email to info@sagemarine.com or call 800-621-1065.

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SageCat sailing Port Townsend Bay, WA, December 2016.