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Old 12-07-2012, 10:01 PM   #41
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Wow...what an informative thread...even the part about inverters, chargers and load sharing...but that stuff I already knew...
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:39 PM   #42
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Why do you need an inverter?

Coffee? Easily done on our propane stove.

Toast? As above.

Computer? We have 2 with 10 to 18 volt DC power supplies. Intel quad 4 motherboards, and DC powered displays.

Television? Maybe, but we donít watch TV on the boat.

Charging portable devices? Donít know, but in our case we have only one cell phone, but have three batteries for it. We keep them charged when running the gen set or at the dock.

Battery charging? We use 2 NewMar chargers on each bank. They work together well with each putting out 25 amps. We carry a spare just in case, and every year or so I rotate the chargers. Never had a problem.

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Old 12-08-2012, 12:14 AM   #43
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Why do you need an inverter?
Some of us have need for devices that require inverter/noisemaker power. I'm not talking of a want, or deep desire here - I'm thinking more of a medical nature.
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I don't know that they are or aren't, but unlike a new car dealership, I've never had a West Marine employee push me to purchase anything. They seem very laid back and mostly helpfull, even to the point of looking up competitor's phone numbers for me when they didn't have what I needed.
I agree. A good friend of ours worked for a number of years in the Bellingham West Marine. He got an impressive employee discount but he did not get a commission on anything he sold including electronics.

We prefer shopping in the locally-owned marine stores in our area-- Fisheries Supply, LFS, Redden Marine, etc.-- and so rarely buy anything from West Marine. But it's not because their employees are less than stellar.
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:51 AM   #45
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and so rarely buy anything from West Marine. But it's not because their employees are less than stellar. __________________

Could it be the Worst Marine pricing SUCKS?
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