Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Panama City Beach, Florida
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Kevin, thanks for participating in the forum.
From the numbers given above, that would be a range of 6 to 8 miles with 4 group 31 batteries, or (assuming a linear slope) 16 miles off 8 large batteries. I would want two banks completely isolated with one in reserve.
I use my diesel mostly for getting in and out of dockage, but I also do use it to hold head up into the sea during a storm or when traversing an inlet pass and ICW. The above calculations seem to indicate that the electric system would suffice except for:
- Holding up for an extending period of time in heavy sea.
- Extended "need to get there" type cruising with no wind.
- Long trips on the ICW.
So, I'm now thinking that a diesel genset might be a needed addition, thus going true diesel-electric. The genset could use the old engine intake thru-hole and old exhaust.
Kevin, do you have any customers that use / plan to use the above configuration to extend the running time?