Re: Continuous duty, non-thermally compensated alternator: options?
One suggestion: several years ago I was looking for a spare alternator (80 A Hitachi on a Yanmar 4JH2TE) partly for an upcoming voyage, partly due to intermittent charging which turned out to be... a poor connection on the alte rnator ground at the engine block (the 80A version is NOT case-grounded, that short black lead is *really* important).
What I did find was a NOS (New Old Stock) original Yanmar alternator that a shop had removed from a newly delivered engine because the boat owner wanted a Balmar or similar upgrade. Cheaper than a rebuild, perfect fit. No better than the original, but I was satisfied with it when it was working properly. You should be able to find one for about half the "chinese hitachi clone" you mention.
1998 Jeanneau SO45.2
Last edited by redline; 10-30-2013 at 11:06 AM.