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Re: Smallest Diesel Generator Carrying Sailboat

In relation to the generator issue, I am new to the sailing community and am exploring the idea of an all electric Fountain Pajot 38. Is is possible to have enough pv panels and wind power to to so? I'm trying to be self sufficient on the sea, as my family and I will be setting sail with a limited budget. Is there sufficient room for a battery bank to run two electric engines and all the needs for a family of 5? Would I need a generator? Is there room for one? If anyone has any ideas I would greatly appreciate them. I am actively shopping for an FP 38 at a good price, maybe one needing new engines. Just want to be off fossil fuels altogether and don't mind paying up front for the freedom. Thanks much.
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Re: Smallest Diesel Generator Carrying Sailboat

There are many threads here on SN discussing that - I'd suggest you do a search on various terms relating to solar and or hybrid powered boats.

In my opinion, no - the technology just is not ready yet, at least not without a LOT of money, and a LOT of compromise.
I can deal with kerosene lamps when the batts are dead, that's a compromise I can make. I won't compromise safety - and that means the ability to get out from under a storm. Range and speed just aren't words one uses on a hybrid boat.
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