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Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.
Ralph, a few things are driving my thinking on this (which could very well be wrong):
1. I've got a relatively small space for batteries. They are situated under the aft, centerline bed. There is not much width and not much depth. So I can't get big 200ah 4Ds under there (not even 4 6v as some have suggested). No way. So I'm going to have to stick with the "standard size" batteries - which limits me to about 130ah from what I've seen.
2. I've got a couple of energy hogs that I want to be able to use underway: radar and fridge.
3. I hate running the motor. And though I have a generator as well - I only have a 40gal fuel tank.
So, with all the above, it seemed to make sense to supplement with solar. If I've entered all the info correctly into the energy budget spreadsheet, I should be able to get by fine with 130ah.
S/V Dawn Treader - 1989 Hunter Legend 40
Last edited by smackdaddy; 09-02-2014 at 10:29 AM.