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Now create a budget, since Cam has kindly posted a list of equipment and their approximate use rates.. and figure out how many hours you use each piece of equipment on a given day... and then multiply the hours by the amperage and get a total of AmpHours used per day.
Your battery bank should be 2-4 times this size as a rough estimate. It depends on what type of charging systems you have, what kind of sailing you do and your financial budget. If the battery bank is 4x the daily size, you can got two days without having to re-charge the batteries. You generally don't want to draw the batteries down below 50% charge, as that will drastically shorten their lifespan.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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