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Old 18-02-2007, 00:19   #1
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Folks, I have moved a thread down here in the proper section on behalf of a poster vbKlower. Sorry for the inconveniance, but it woudl have gotten lost where it was.

Good day to all, I am looking for practical and inexpensive solutions for DC power production aboard my small sloop that is used for overnighters and quick two to four day getaways. I have four solar panels and a wind generator with charge controllers on my larger Catalina. This is an older English sloop that I have toyed with in my spare time. Its funky and odd ( much like me!) and I have been refitting it on a shoe string. I have converted from an inboard to an outboard on a bracket and have rewired completely both the AC and 12 volt system. My 12 volt system is no longer the positive ground original system but a 2 bank system with a proper breaker panel and dedicated charger. I have the entire engine compartment available for component placement and am open to any idea that sounds cheap and fun. Thanks in advance for any advice.

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Old 18-02-2007, 12:21   #2

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"am open to any idea that sounds cheap and fun."

Hamster in a wheel connected to a PM alternator?

Cheapest would probably be just adding batteries.

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Old 18-02-2007, 13:10   #3
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With the weight benefit of removing the engine, I would suggest adding two 8D batteries, and attaching the prop shaft to a generator.
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