The Captain's Guide to Alternative Energy Afloat: Marine Electrical Systems, Water Generators, Solar Power, Wind Turbines & Marine Batteries
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 marine solar, wind and water power systems, to prepare your vessel 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 moreBill 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.