Members' Online Book: Battery Installation & Maintenance, Chapter 17 of 23

Reducing AC Generator Run Time

In a previous article I detailed my friend Hans’ problem with excessive generator run time at sea, stated that I had come up with a relatively inexpensive solution but did not reveal it, and then asked you readers for further suggestions.

We got some great ideas, and several commenters came up with the same solution I did. Also, I’m sure most of you at least thought of my solution, but then discounted it as being just too simple.

The answer:

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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.