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Re: Continuous duty, non-thermally compensated alternator: options?
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.
It's interesting that you suggest this -- I actually purchased a used Hitachi alternator (60 amp) from a friend who had removed it from his engine in place of a Balmar. I have it sitting in my shop, but haven't decided whether to install it. I'm still debating installing an aftermarket alt (actually, what I'm really doing is trying to find a good deal on a Balmar external regulator).
Thanks for the suggestion!
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