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post #3 of Old 01-18-2003
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Gas vs. Diesel (are we crazy)?

The POCA is right regarding the ease and access of an outboard however, if you want to put some juice in your batteries you''re going to need the torque of a diesel or inboard gas engine to drive a 30-50 amp alternator. The weenie alternators they put on outboards wouldn''t charge your flashlight! If your plans don''t call for spending much time on the hook or away from shore power, then the OB is the way to go. My guess is that you''re not going to find many pocket cruiser in your size range with inboard engines so this may not even be as issue.
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