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BATTERY BEFUDDLEMENT seem like overkill but they don’t want to have to conserve power on cloudy days. Deep backup will be the built-in genset, which will otherwise be reserved for the watermaker and AC use only. Jim and Betty’s bill? $28,000 (not including professional installation) As you can see from the examples above, the key to choosing a battery and charging system is to first figure out your electrical needs, then decide on your budget. You also need to keep in mind that simply

switching out batteries for ‘the latest and greatest’, without any thought to how to keep those higher-capacity batteries properly charged, is a recipe for disappointment.

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A hydrogen fuel cell such as this will automatically monitor the state of the batteries and keeps them at optimum levels.

opefully this article wasn’t too dry and boring, but if you’re someone who actually gets a ‘charge’ from technical jargon, be sure to check out all the companies mentioned. — ladonna bubak

RELATED LINKS Race Boat 1’s system: Genasun — www.genasun.com Efoy — www.efoy-comfort.com — Available at Svendsen’s Solara — www.solar-shop.jimdo.com

Race Boat 2’s system: Firefly — www.fireflyenergy.com Balmar — www.balmar.net — Available at most chandleries Victron — www.victronenergy.com — Available at most chandleries Honda — world.honda.com/power/generator — Available from West Marine to Home Depot

Cruising Boat 1’s system: West Marine — www.westmarine.com/ marine-batteries Blue Seas — www.bluesea.com — Available at most chandleries Solarland — www.solarlandusa.com Blue Sky Energy — www.blueskyenergyinc.com — See ‘Distributors’ page

Cruising Boat 2’s system: Lithionics — www.lithionicsbattery.com — Available thru BruceSchwab.com Balmar — www.balmar.net — Available at most chandleries Genasun — www.genasun.com Solbian — www.solbian.eu — Available at Svendsen's

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Latitude 38 June 2016  

The June 2016 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.

Latitude 38 June 2016  

The June 2016 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.