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836Re: [j4x-owners-group] Adding Solar Panels & wind generator to J-42

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  • John Burnett
    Apr 13, 2013
      We usually run the genset 2 hours a day primarily for the Sea Frost DC drain. We are looking at adding a couple solar panels on the bimini to cut down on genset time and act as a backup power source when the alternators die. 

      We boat sat a Beneteau in SXM this winter and were very impressed with how little engine charging time their DC reefer used. They had a solar panel which helped out.

      We used to have a 150 amp alternator and switched down to 100 amp.
      The larger did not ever put out anything like its rated output.

      We will probably add a wind mill next trip down to the West Indies.

      John Burnett
      J46 Folie a Deux

      From: Jvanheek <jvanheek49@...>
      To: "j4x-owners-group@yahoogroups.com" <j4x-owners-group@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 12:55 PM
      Subject: Re: [j4x-owners-group] Adding Solar Panels & wind generator to J-42

      Installed silent wind generator this year on our j 46 in Caribbean . Still use engine appr 1 hour/day to keep batteries up. Suggest also adding solar to be fully independent. Hate my Noisy Honda so will sell it when back in USA in may.
      Jan van Heek
      J46 SweetBeam

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