I thought Stabby had a generator for providing 240v? Via battery charger via batteries -> 12v = no need to run engine at all?
That was the plan, but it uses so much petrol (a gallon will run it for 2.5 hours) that it is impractical to run it for everyday use, although with an output of 5.5 kWh it is still very handy for running power tools, vacuum cleaner and the other things with my rather puny 350w inverter turns its nose up at.
I calculated that driving our boat we use roughly 0.5 litres/hour - that was counted from tanking up at Great Haywood to tanking up at Overwater Marina, Audlem. Idling probably 0.25 litres/hour. What would be great for boaters is if there was a battery service - someone comes by van to remove your spent batteries and takes them away to be charged up, and gives you temporary batteries for a week. A service charge, of course. Wouldn't it also be good if batteries could be installed easily - just pull out and plug in? None of this attaching shoes and having sparks fly all round the engine 'ole?
Reading Magnetman's lucid ramblings, I am again encouraged to say that I think a bicycle inside your boat which you can pedal in the evenings for fitness (it's attached to a dynamo/generator/alternator) whilst watching TV would produce enough electricity to keep your batteries happy.
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Yes it would be quite handy to have hot swappable batteries. Cartridges.
If the canals are eventually returned to sensible management involving lengthsmen with residential moorings (a system which is used on the Chelmer and Blackwater canal) then it would make sense for this lengthsman, who has mains electric, to have battery cartridges available for passing boaters. You could order them on the phone and collect when passing the boat. Obviously at certain times of day when the lengthsman is having a meal or playing with his phone.
Expanded out systemwide it could be quite a nice solution.
I always find it slightly ironic that boats moored opposite me have to run their engines when I have mains leccy.
I don't want to plug my power into their boats on a wander lead but a battery rental system adds up.
They do it with electric cars after all.
It would be a very definite Good Thing once large numbers of boats start to be electrically propelled and a corresponding improvement in battery technology arrives plus lower cost per watt-hour for lightweight modern techology such as Lithium Ion.
I'm sure electric points will turn up however there will be a negative side to this which is that the sites with electric will no longer be free moorings. Once you install services I reckon you can charge a mooring fee (service charge) which would apply whether or not you actually use the electric .
Seems the obvious way ahead for excessively popular spots in towns.
You can normally work around stoppages. Obviously it was a while ago but when I was cruising the system in the late 90s and early 00s we would be boating all year round including in ice. Stoppages are announced in advance and you can plan accordingly. Normally.
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