Originally Posted by sailinglegend
I do hope you've done your costings correctly.
Sail came up with fuel
costs of 15$ for 80Ah, that includes the shipping
costs - that's 1.5$ per hour for the largest unit. They last only 5000 hrs and cost about 5000$ and only last a year - so thats another 1$ per hour.
TOTAL running costs 2.5$ per hour - 10 hours a day or more - 25$ per day just to charge your batteries or run your fridge?
done some initial research
. Seems reasonable to me. Cost is secondary to me, after cosmetics.
I figure I will need about 20amps a day (probably WAY too high an estimate, rather estimate high than low) when the boat is on a mooring
during the summer for the fridge and bilge pump
. The model 1600 (could probably go with a smaller one actually) can put out 130 Ah.
Reports are you can get 2-3 weeks on a cartridge. most people buying
ice at retail, would blow that cost in ice in short order! No doubt, If I bought ice at retail, I would be saving money
over the long haul. Would cost $20/trip min x 4+ trips a month is an easy 80-100 right there.
If it costs me 50-100/mo to run it. so be it. no one said sailing was cheap! The cost savings I get doing ALL the work, maintenance
on the boat will more than offset any new cost I encounter. Probably would be a wash, in cost, compared to savings in not buying
The savings to me, once the fridge is installed, in not carrying 50+# of ice, tons of bottles of water
, soda, drinks and other stuff is huge as well. Will cut the number of bags (and weight) I have to carry on the launch by at least half.
Cost savings in time, back pain, weight, convenience far outweigh, to me anyway, the cost of fuel
And the boat still looks pretty! which is the only thing, to me, that matters!