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post #11 of Old 01-27-2013
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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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