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post #17 of Old 09-30-2012
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Re: PSC34 power generation/storage solution?

Hi there, we have two group 31 FDC's paralleled, with an echo charge connected to a Group 27 start battery. These are stored in a battery box in the port cockpit locker. Charging is via a Kyocera 130, mounted on the old radar platform above the bimini, and controlled by a Genasun MPPT controller. The platform is a little under-built for the big panel, but works well enough for now.

We also have a Powerline 70A alternator, connected to a Balmar AR5 charge controller, installed by PO.

Our electrical use is very modest, with some interior LED's, no refrigerator, etc. Sailing all night is my biggest problem, as 5" chartplotter, AIS, VHF, autopilot, and running lights use a lot of power. Just changing the running lights would make a big difference, haven't come across an affordable, quality unit yet, and we're on a very tight budget.

Good luck with fitting out your boats-
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