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post #25 of Old 12-05-2012
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Re: Charging batteries with engine while sailing

The charge off thealternator of a a boat at idle speed is about 40% of alternator capacity with most Balmars while my Electamaxx is closer to 70% capacity. This will not charge much of battry in 10 minutes

Secondly, Yanmars are not supposd to be left in the neutral poition when saling allowing the prop to spin. It can damage the tranmission. Not sure what engine he had by when sailing my engine lever is in reverse.


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