When Noah designed his Ark he was only thinking about practicality. Arkiboat thought about Architecture as well.
The charging system has 4 X 150 watt solar panels mounted on the roof. There are 2 x PL 40 solar regulators. If power is low or when driving there is an option for a 24 volt quick charge alternator to be adapted to the flywheel of the starboard motor. Alternatively a generator or shore power can be used.
The vessel runs a 24 volt house system that has availability of nearly 1500 amps in battery storage.
All wiring is installed to Australian Standards.
2500 watt Raditronics sinewave inverter/ charger.
24 volt 220 litre Kelvinator fridge. This can run 24 hours per day; even when you are not on the vessel.
Bosch instantaneous auto ignition hot water heater located in bathroom and vented through roof.
Smev 12 volt ignition cookplate and underbench oven.
Deluxe saltwater flush and macerator toilet.
Jabsco 24 volt pressure pump.
Water filling is from external storage cupboard. Also availability for externally fed water supply to by-pass pump.
Gas service bottles are in a low storage cupboard on starboard side. All pipework is installed to Australian Standards and supplies hot water heater, oven and cooktop. An external fitting can be adapted for a BBQ if required.
The houseboat is powered by 2 x 25hp Mercury 4-stroke outboards with power start and power trim. The starboard motor has alternator adapted to it for house battery charging. They use 6 litres per hour each at 4000RPM. The outboard brackets are made from alloy and have an incorporated fuel tank.
Arkiboat was designed and built by Drew Heath Architects.