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    Here's an updated budget, assuming I spend $1,300 on solar panels and controllers, steer a little more, balance the boat better and yack on the VHF for an hour every day.

    It now requires running the Yanmar for an hour every other day (if there's sun) so it looks pretty good. I made a cardboard pattern of the big solar panels to toss around on deck tomorrow.
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    I test-fit the new alternator yesterday - only a test because of incompatible hardware.

    Once removed and cleaned up, the bracket looks okay. The belt dust caused an optical illusion in the previous photo. The new alternator fits and aligns better than the old one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobJ View Post
    I test-fit the new alternator yesterday - only a test because of incompatible hardware.

    Once removed and cleaned up, the bracket looks okay. The belt dust caused an optical illusion in the previous photo. The new alternator fits and aligns better than the old one.
    No serpentine belt? The dust could be an indication of misalignment. If that is a 100 amp alternator a serpentine is the way to go

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    Once the new alternator and regulator are installed, I'll test to see how close to the 100 amps it gets. I'm guessing less than half that, unless the batteries are completely flat.

    Since Balmar only recommends a serpentine belt for over 100 amps (@12 volts), I'll probably not need one.

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    Yeah probably be fine. You won’t be putting much load on it anyway. And you will probably carry spare belts. Carry on

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    I'm curious why the reluctance to use the engine for charging? Is the idea to have a backup in case the engine has trouble? Will the new powerful alternator not put the engine under sufficient load to avoid some of the problems that diesels are reported to have running under low load?

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    After a few hours of sailing along in majestic silence, the engine can really harsh your mellow. An hour every other day might be tolerable.

    And yes, one really needs a backup given the length of the trip and the reliance on an autopilot for much of it.

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    Happy Monday, during some really strange times:

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    And over the weekend the Governor clarified that CPA services are "essential and necessary."

    I think it's to help figure this out:

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    I've seen those numbers before, in an olden time before the apocalypse
    But I don't know anybody who has any.

    There is a story about a crazy person in the desert somewhere with a mountain of the stuff, and a lighter.

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    I just saw a clip of a group of poker players around a casino table, using TP rolls as chips.

    Greg, every time I post here about boat electrical stuff I imagine you, Dazzler, Rob T, Mike J, Mike H and Greg N simultaneously doing the Picard face-palm.

    It's intimidating but I persevere.

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