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    Re: Lights etc.
    From: Peter Fogg
    Date: 2003 Oct 11, 16:11 +1000

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Trevor J. Kenchington"
    > Well, my own boat ...doesn't carry
    > batteries, mostly because I have no way to keep them charged when she is
    > on her mooring, ....
    I once had the same problem, and fitted a small solar panel that gave 5
    watts at best (sun shining directly on it). With a healthy fully charged
    battery its trickle charge was all that was needed to stay 'topped up' and
    that was the end of the flat battery syndrome. I only needed electrical
    power for the radio and the nav. and cabin lights. Having such a small
    output it was wired directly, no need for any more complication (it had a
    built-in one way switch so didn't drain power overnight). It was flexible,
    like a small mat, and easily moved to different positions. As you are in a
    rather high latitude you could need a more powerful model. I also added an
    anti-sulphation chemical to the electrolyte, as prolonged trickle charging
    can lead to sulphur coating the battery plates and reducing their life.

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