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Old 02-09-2013, 20:13   #31
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Re: Recommendations For Inverter/Chargers.

One of the best features of our DeFever 54 was that the starboard engine had a 110V generator that produced a heap of amps and 110V at about 1100 rpm, drove all the 110 volt we had aboard when cruising plus charged all the batteries to full after about 2 hours of run time. Hardly ever ran the gen set.
Coupled up with a xantrex inverter, we were rocking all around the Golfo de California, trips to Alaska and back to SoCal... I sure miss the cruising life!!! Phil
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Old 03-09-2013, 06:12   #32
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Re: Recommendations For Inverter/Chargers.

Was that a 110V generator or a 110A alternator on that engine. If generator, then how was the frequency controlled and why did you need the inverter?

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Re: Recommendations For Inverter/Chargers.

It was a cruising generator, can't recall the make and frequency was controlled through a dial on the control panel at the wheel house. The generator was an integral part attached to the front of the engine, not a power take off like an alternator. You ran the starboard engine up to around 1100 rpm and when you hit 110v/60 cycles, it stayed there. You could adjust the voltage and cycles depending on the appliances you were using by dialing in your needs in the wheelhouse. I'd never seen a set up like that and was really a good feature. The parent of one of our good friends required an oxygen concentrator wherever he went and was limited on how long he could be away from his permanent 02 supply... ok with a temp tank that lasted him about an hour. When we invited him out for a cruise, it was the highlight of his life because of the constant 110V/60cycle power we were able to supply for his oxygen concentrator. While he only lived for a couple more years, he oftened talked fondly of his trip out on the water with us. He was ex-navy WWII frigate skipper and enjoyed his trip around San Diego harbor... brought back a lot of memories for him.
We used the inverter when anchored and didn't want run either one of the mains or the gen set for short power needs off the battery banks. Phil
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