After getting the heating system on the boat working with the help of a professional, my attention has turned to minimizing heat loss. The front door of a sailboat is the companionway - a complicated entryway that is designed to keep water out of the boat in rough weather. Unfortunately, it's not really designed with cold weather and energy efficiency in mind. What's needed is a insulated curtain to create a small entry foyer to keep the heated air inside and cold air outside when the companionway is open. So, I pulled out the sewing machine and got busy!
Sérénité has both AC and DC power systems. The AC system is powered when we're in port connected to shore power, the DC system is connected to the battery bank that is charged by the engine, wind generator and shore power. Currently, the primary means of charging the battery bank is the shore power connection via the battery charger. Someday soon I'll be installing a solar array that will take over this job, but for now I'm reliant on the power grid. Many of Sérénités's primary systems such as navigation, refrigeration, lights, heat, water, etc.