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Old 02-26-2019, 02:44 PM   #11
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City: Adelaide
Country: Australia
Vessel Name: Kokanee
Vessel Model: Cuddles 30 Pilot House Motor Sailer
Join Date: Jul 2012
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Originally Posted by BandB View Post
Wifey B: Please help me understand. Why the antipathy toward generators?
I'm happy without a generator on the boat for a number of reasons.

They take up valuable space on a small boat. I could squeeze one in, but access for servicing would be very tight.
Our electricity requirements are small. We prefer cooking with gas, so electricity isn't required for a stove. LED's have reduced the power required for lighting.
Although we have hot summers (over 100F today in Adelaide), it is a dry heat similar to Phoenix's and on the water it is always cooler. A/C isn't required. A swim during the day and a fan at night keeps us comfortable.
We don't watch TV, we don't own an electric coffeemaker, the fridge/freezer is DC, we make toast over the gas stove.

We have a small invertor, but don't use it as everything on the boat is DC.
With one 250 watt solar panel we can keep batteries charged indefinitely.

What are we missing?
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