10 Tips To Buy And Install A Live-aboard’s Alternator


Alternators For Live-aboards Are Different

Before we start, the key thing to understand is that an alternator that is adequate for a boat that is used for weekending and occasional cruises of a few weeks' duration most likely won’t be able to handle the demands placed on it by full-time live-aboard offshore cruising.

So let’s look at what a real cruiser’s alternator is, and how to install it.

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 18 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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