All Whitsunday Escape bareboats rely on a 12 v battery bank to run the on-board appliances, such as refrigerators, lights, water pumps, toilets, televisions, invertors and anchor winches.
- The battery banks are only large enough to keep the average boat running without recharging for about 12 hours.
- It is the skipper’s responsibility to monitor the batteries and recharge them as needed.
- The batteries can be recharged, depending on the boat by:
- The alternators on the engines (the most effective)
- Solar panels (if fitted)
- A 240 v generator (if fitted) to providing 240 v electricity to the battery charger.
- The battery charger when plugged into shore power.
In most cases you will need to run the boats engines (the alternators) for at least 1.5 hours a time, at two intervals a day for a total of 3 hours.