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Old 02-21-2016, 12:27 AM   #10
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City: California Delta and SF Bay
Country: Sacramento, CA, USA (boat in Vallejo)
Vessel Name: FlyWright
Vessel Model: Marshall Californian 34 LRC
Join Date: Apr 2008
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To your original question, "Are my dual Balmars redundant?" I'd say, yes, just like you'd want them. Is it a little overkill? Maybe, but since it's there, what's the harm? If you feel compelled to carry a cheap spare, you can get a standard 40-60A unregulated alternator.

It's nice to have that away-from-the-dock capability to recharge after a long stay on the hook. I have one Balmar on my house bank and a std unregulated 55A alt on my start battery. My Balmar really packs a punch into my house bank. I appreciate the ability to customize the charge with the external regulator.

Do you have a centerfielder managing the charge of both alts into your house/start bank? No separate start battery, right?
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