Captain S/V Triumph
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Boston Yacht Haven
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Re: Are portable generators safe?
Yeah Doug, that's a tad out of the range of a portable generator
I don't have a daily draw on my Irwin yet (too new to me). On my Gemini we managed to just barely fall short with a single 80w and 210ah of AGM's, making 35-40 and using 45-50 a day.
My goal was three days of hang time, then motoring out of the anchorage, into the next caught me up to 100%. It worked.
Well, on that boat, I also had a 2000 watt Honda. Which was good to charge the Perkins engine battery if all else failed.
We also had a high output alternator - 165 amps, (I think), besides the regular 90 amp engine battery alternator.
But, until I added the second battery bank, (I raised the floor of the crews quarters cabin ) we were dying in the 3rd day.
After that second bank, we were never running low.... well, when we were, I just switched the banks!
I loved that!