Conserve battery power with LEDs

Conserve battery power with LEDs

By Gary Bain

Over time, I have made many changes and improvements to Gone With The Wind, a 1990 MK1 Catalina 36. This year I decided to convert all the interior lights to LED.

Several years ago a good friend gave me an LED light fixture to replace the one adjacent to the chart table. The original light had a warm glow, and I was hesitant to change it out. I decided to put the new fixture over the galley sink, but I didn’t care for the extreme blue/white light.

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Cruise highlights battery problems

By Jack Reed

Before our month-long cruise to Bar Harbor, Maine, my wife, Patricia, and I, and our Maine Coon, Skipper, had never cruised for more than two weeks at a time. The longer cruise allowed us to solve a persistent problem.

Our batteries had been running down over time despite spending significant time under power. To compensate, we used marina shore power for a night or two during each cruise. But this year, we didn’t stop at a marina, and by the time we got to Bar Harbor, the batteries could hardly turn over the engine.

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