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post #5 of Old 07-29-2009
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Which is why I'm installing solar and wind. We intend to cruise in the tropics and the likelihood of a week of calm AND cloud is very low. We would typically haul anchor and go on a "pump out run" under power once a week or so anyway, but the goal is to have a week's worth of stored power without the necessity of firing up the diesel just to spin the alternator(s).

An advantage that is not generally considered to AGMs is that they don't leak electrolyte (acid). I have a steel boat. This is a plus to me. Battery acids leaks with "traditional" wet cells are rare (and the boxes are supposed to catch leaks) but if it's something I can avoid altogether, it's worth something to me.

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