Cruising with very young children onboard can be a fun and rewarding experience, for both child and adult, but it does offer some challenges...

Usually the hardest part of adding extra amp hours is finding space for the batteries. Despite considerable advancement in battery technology they're still large, heavy objects.

Although the new Blue Seas voltage meters function perfectly and provide accurate real time information on battery condition, they do not monitor amperage so we're going to go ahead and install a new ammeter as well.

Unfortunately, the time I spent inside the main electrical panel installing the new voltage meters revealed an issue of more immediate concern which would have to be corrected before any new projects would be started.

The problem is that there is still no escaping the fact that Wired is a 30 year-old boat, and harbors some old equipment and outdated thinking which extends to the onboard electrical system. Complex and cumbersome might be fitting adjectives.

Surely, safety comes first, but given the fact that by definition a yacht is something used purely for pleasure, shouldn't cosmetics be regarded as an important aspect of vessel maintenance?

Having been recently replaced by a newer, flashier model, and hailing from a land steeped in a tradition of boat builders and shipwrights, I eagerly accepted my friend's offer to hang out on his vintage Hatteras motor yacht.