A Different Way To Cool Your Boats Battery System
With this years Cruising World Magazine’s Boat of the Year contest recently we can really sit back and appreciate all the technological advancements from this last year. Specifically we saw not one, but three unique approaches to set up and using.
Whether it’s an AGM battery or an lithium ion, one thing is the same between the two; their re-charge acceptance rates are substantially better than with the traditional flooded electrolyte battery systems. What this means to the not terribly tech-savvy of us out there is that your boats alternator can end up working very much harder than it really needs to just to keep up. Which means your alternator will be getting really, really hot!
This heat is one of the leading factors that will cause electrical failure in your devices. Replacing a modern, high output alternator is quite the expense too, upwards of $1000! Not exactly what I’d love to be spending money on.
There are several ways to avoid this issue. A temperature sensor can be mounted on the alternator that is in tune with the system voltage regulator and will turn off your alternator when it gets too hot. Also, using a more effective cooling system than basic engine room ventilation could have a huge effect on keeping electrical issues to a minimum. The blue duct work in the above picture is actually a directional vent vane, very similar to that of what you’d see in your car dashboard which is aimed right at the alternator above it.
There are plenty of cool and innovative ways out there to keep you sailing smoothly! We love reading up about all of these at Riviera Dunes Marina and want to see what you have done to your boat in person. Be sure to stop by the premier Bradenton Marina soon to show us just what you have completed on your new vessel!