Originally Posted by Capt Hugh Wilde
For your AC unit, check on a soft start. It lowers the starting load and that is the worst peak load. As for a watermaker
, get a Spectra and run it on DC.
Intent is to go with an inverter
that will help with in rush current
I haven't set on a watermaker, I won't get one of those until I leave, but I believe even Tellie has said if you have a generator
go with a Cruise
RO, maybe he was just being nice I don't know, but I have time to figure that out.
Be difficult I think to have enough solar
so that I would never need a generator
on my boat, so if I'm going to have a generator anyway, doesn't it make more sense to use the AC power for more than just charging
batteries? I believe to keep a generator happy, you need to use it a couple of times a week, and when it's used to load it up enough so that it gets fully heated up. I'm thinking a two to three hour run, twice a week, that should give me more water
than I could possibly use and keep the generator exercised, but not put significant time on it, ought to last a long time if cared for at a usage rate like that.
I still intend on Solar
, just use the gen to get me past the bulk phase in the morning a couple of times a week and letting the Solar handle the absorption part during the day, plus have a back up for those week long times of heavy overcast and rain you sometimes get, without a generator I assume those times are hard on batteries.