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Watt & Sea Hydro Generator Review

‘Wattsson’, a Watt & Sea 600 watt hydro generator, has become part of the Isbjorn (our Swan 48) family. He joins ‘R2-D2’, our autopilot, as simultaneously our most and least favourite pieces of gear on the boat.

We sail Isbjorn 10,000 miles a year, and Wattsson happily hums along, day and night, providing all of our electrical needs at sea and then some. However, it’s taken a full year and nearly $10,000 to finally work out the kinks, but I still think he is worth it…to us. Here’s why, and why he might not be worth it to you.

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Meet the Author

Andy Schell

Andy grew up sailing on the Chesapeake Bay (literally from the time he was in diapers). As a boy he sailed south with his family and spent the winter cruising the Bahamas. He met Mia on a backpacking trip in New Zealand in 2006, and the two have been seeking adventures together ever since. They've logged almost 50,000 bluewater miles and have crossed the Atlantic a combined seven times. Andy and Mia share the joys of offshore sailing with others on their Swan 48 "Isbjorn" and through Andy's phenomenally popular On The Wind Podcast.

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