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Re: Electric Conversion log for Kahleesea
I managed to find some wind yesterday and retest regen, to a point.
The system starts regenerating, barely, at 3.5kts. These are estimations, because regen varies wildly according to my ammeter, with wider swings the faster I go. These numbers represent the average.
6kts ~5Aish - this was very hard to tell, since I couldn't maintain 6kts for any amount of time.
Assuming I can maintain 5kts, that gives me a kwh every 6.5 hours from regen. This isn't enough to make a meaningful dent in the propulsion bank, but it is enough to run all the electronics, once I've moved to a DC/DC converter. Expecting to move at 6kts on the regular on the Chesapeake is unrealistic. In the last 5 years of sailing I doubt I've hit 6 kts steady no more than a few times. One time I hit 7 kts steady, but I was going like a bat out of hell on a broad reach in heavy swells trying to get back into my harbor before a storm hit. I made it. Just.
If I want meaningful amperage to recharge the propulsion bank while sailing, solar is looking like the way to go.
Last edited by Captain Canuck; 07-09-2019 at 12:03 PM.