Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Pasadena Md - Magothy side
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Re: Towed Generator that We Really Need
I keep coming back to the "no such thing as a free lunch" thought pattern.
That Honda 2000 generator putting out 1600 watts is needing a 3.5 hp engine to do so.
Dropping a towed generator over the side, or attached to the transom - if it generates 1600 watts of power, guess what? It's the same as hooking a 3.5hp engine running in reverse.
That's not drag, that's propulsion the wrong way.
If the marine industry really wanted to do something smart they would put a take off on the propeller shaft in front of the stuffing box running a belt drive to a low rpm alternator.
Of course then the whole folding prop market would go out of business.
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