Northern Lights Generator, Model M643 (5KW)

Our Northern Lights Generator is a piece of equipment that just keeps on working. We are religious with maintenance and oil changes but are rewarded with reliable service.

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John

John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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  • Carlos May 17, 2012, 3:59 pm

    Reliable indeed!!! But messy… For some years now I have been experimenting with various techniques to reduce the mess of oil when replacing horizontal filters.

    Have you found a method that works for you?

    I’m looking at mess prevention methods rather than mess mitigation. Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated.

  • John May 18, 2012, 8:20 am

    Hi Carlos,

    There should be a special place in hell for engine designers who specify horizontal or upside-down filters, either oil or fuel, where they are condemned to change said filters for eternity.

    No, no magic solution to changing the filter on the NL generator. I just put an oil absorbent pad under the filter, wear gloves and spin it off in a big hurry and then clean up the mess.

    I do have a buddy who wraps the filter in a zip lock bag before spinning it off, but when I tried that the mess got worse: Filter slipped, filled my shoes with oil, curse, grab for filter and bag, upturn combination in lap, run fingers through my hair in frustration. Yes, an oil change is a full body experience for one as messy as I.

  • Carlos May 21, 2012, 12:10 pm

    Hello Jon,

    Great response…much wittier than anything I could have come up with! Thanks for taking the time. Now I know I do not curse alone…

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