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Old 07-01-2014, 13:46   #166
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Re: Sail Drives..Like em?

Originally Posted by DotDun View Post
How does your AC run on that 1kva Honda?
Who needs AC outside a marina?

Not everybody wants to deal with a flue/open flame on a hot water heater.
Agreed. We heat water in a kettle about twice a year. The solar heater was tossed due to lack of use.

Not everybody wants to deal with hoisting a portable generator from a locker onto the deck and listen to is run.
Agreed x 2. Get solar panels. Toss the generator.

Not everybody wants to build the structure/take up the space to support 1kw worth of solar panels.
Agreed. Be creative and put them on deck, rails or Bimini. 970 W of panels and 880 Ah of batteries and all wiring cost us $3000 installed. We plugged in to the shore once in Panama since 2010.

People want to enjoy their boats their way, not your way.

There are SO many ways! Good luck!


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Old 07-01-2014, 14:13   #167
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I wish I didn't need hot water but we have to work to get some money so we can get to where we don't. Like the technology under discuss'n here, it's a circular thing, as in, ain't nothin' fo' free

It seems to me that making the statement that OB weigh less isn't as true as it might seem when you consider that you have to add a generator and/or solar panels, water heater, and carry more fuel. Still may be less, but might be more of a wash than one might think.
These days descent solar panel capacity is pretty basic and should not be considered an add-on although as yet the major French manufacturers haven't got it yet but will get there. 750W to 1kw is so easyand thesedays relatively cheap to implement at build time on any multihull.

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Don't you have any solar panels?

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