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Old 10-29-2008, 05:56 PM   #1
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Is anyone familiar with this particular product or the technology?

I am interested in replcing my tired A4 on my Bristol 32. I have considered a Diesel but this seems to make so much more sense to me.

I understand that this has been a bone of contention for sailors and I am not looking to start a debate but this technology seems sound for my purpose.

My sailing will tend to swing from travelling down the ICW to cross to the Bahamas, then a slow crawl from island to island where this decision would be best suited. then, of course, the return up the ICW to the Hudson River for the remaining 6 months with short sails during the summer months.

I am considering both wind and solar power as primary recharge while limiting consumption onboard (LED's, no refridge, etc...)

My ony question is if I could use a small genset to power for the long days of gaining distance on the ICW.

Any thoughts??


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Old 10-29-2008, 08:29 PM   #2
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I bought a Honda 2000ei, and it served me well. It is small, and portable. I think it puts out 27amps? I let it run the charger for house batteries, 2 8D's. House freezer runs on 2 amps. House hot water heater of 6 gallons. The electricity used to keep a 46ft cat going while at anchor at night, and the things burned 7/8ths gl of gas in 7 1/2 hours.

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Old 10-29-2008, 11:54 PM   #3
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Electric engines on small boats is not cost effective or viable. Many have tried to engineer "super-efficient" electric motors to power small sailboats and all have failed. The weight of the required batteries, the cost of those batteries, the powerplant to recharge those batteries - all adds up to mega pounds and mega dollars. Current battery technology is just not up to a level necessary to hold the amount of power you need. So end up with more pounds of generators and other equipment when a modern small diesel engine and a propeller is much more weight and cost efficient.

See the new Beta Marine diesels at http://www.betamarinenc.com/ - they are really clean and very well designed and would make a good replacement for your Atomic 4.
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Old 10-30-2008, 01:10 AM   #4
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See the new Beta Marine diesels - they are really clean and very well designed and would make a good replacement for your Atomic 4.
Note :- These are Kubota diesel engines marinised by Beta Marine.
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