The Captain's Guide to Alternative Energy Afloat (häftad)
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The Captain's Guide to Alternative Energy Afloat (häftad)

The Captain's Guide to Alternative Energy Afloat

Marine Electrical Systems, Water Generators, Solar Power, Wind Turbines, Marine Batteries

Häftad Engelska, 2019-09-09
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A successful ocean passage on a small to midsize sailing vessel means keeping things as simple as possible. The Captain's Guide to Alternative Energy Afloat gives you the most detailed, up-to-date advice on how to prepare your boat for an ocean crossing while at the same time saving money and ensuring a smaller footprint on Mother Nature. 

Circumnavigator-author Bill Morris describes in detail the best options for reducing dependence on fossil fuels, minimizing battery usage, and enjoying a comfortable lifestyle on the water. He presents an array of electrical charging systems, power-saving electrical fixtures, and manual devices aimed at saving money on fuel, along with pointers on installation and maintenance.

This practical guide covers:

?    The development of an energy-saving plan for your boat

?    Battery technology and hydrogen fuel cells

?    Charging batteries from sun, wind, and water power

?    Battery charge control systems

?    Effective refrigeration options for the tropics

?    Autopilots and windvane self-steering

?    Energy-saving systems on three successful blue water vessels

?    And much, much more

Bill Morris, author of The Windvane Self-Steering Handbook and a frequent contributor to Ocean Navigator Magazine, currently cruises the Channel Islands of Southern California on the 1966 Cal 30 Saltaire as he prepares for his next offshore adventure.
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Circumnavigator-author Bill Morris, a native of Los Angeles, is well known for his outspoken commitment to alternative energy on offshore sailing craft. While circling the earth by way of the two canals, singlehanded two-thirds of the way, he relied on renewable energy, manual systems, and a minimum of electronics to keep his Cal 30 sloop Saltaire underway with little dependence on the diesel engine.


foreword by john neal


1. Main Power Plant

Gasoline Engines

Diesel Engines

Repowering with Diesel

Electric Propulsion

Hybrid Electric Power

2. Engine Alternators

How Generators and Alternators Work

Selecting an Alternator

External Controllers

Basic Troubleshooting

3. Gas & Diesel Generator Sets

Optimum Power

Dimensions and Layout

Engine Manufacturer

Engine Performance

Load Surge Protection

Sound Shield

Traditional Genset: Westerbeke

Belt Drive: Next Generation

Asynchronous: Fischer Panda

Fuel-Injected Gasoline: Kohler

Hybrid Genset: Mastervolt

Got Juice?

4. Alternative Fuels

Petroleum Distillates


Low-Sulfur Diesel


Home-Made Biodiesel

Complications of Biodiesel

Liquid Petroleum Gas

Gasoline-LPG Conversions

5. Cranking and House Batteries

Cranking, House, and Dual-Purpose Batteries

Battery Ratings

Flooded Batteries


Carbon Foam


Lithium Ion

Fuel Cells

Optimum Combinations

Installing Batteries

6. Solar Panels

Photovoltaic Energy

Rigid Solar Panels

Flexible Solar Panels

Non-Marine Panels

Electrical Installation

Mounting Techniques

7. Wind Generators


Design Features

Leading Models

Deck and Arch Mounting

Installation Kits

Other Considerations

8. Hydro Generators

Advantages of Water Power

Design and Construction

Towed Water Turbine

Wind-Water Conversions

Towline-Free Hydro Generators

Experimental Technology

9. Voltage Regulators and Controllers

Voltage Regulators

Smart Controllers

Switches, Isolators, and Solenoids

10. Monitoring Systems

Vessel Energy Plan

Analog and Digital Monitoring

Engine Monitoring

Battery Monitoring

Monitoring Charge Sources

Additional Monitoring Devices

11. Lighting, Navigation, and Communication

Navigation Lights

Cabin Lights




AC Appliances

12. Refrigeration 133

Assessing Refrigeration Needs

How Refrigeration Works

Refrigeration and Climate

Air-Cooled Systems

Water-Cooled Systems

Keel-Cooled Refrigeration

Cruiser Options

13. Windvane Self-Steering

Windvanes Versus Autopilots


Trim Tabs

Wind-Powered Auxiliary Rudder

Matching Windvane to Boat

Installation Tips

Emergency Rudder Capability

14. Autopilots

Operating Theory

Above-Deck Systems

Below-Deck Systems

Sailing With an Autopilot

15. Manual Windlasses

Overview of Manual Windlasses

The Simpson-Lawrence Legacy

New Manua...