Evil Alternator: 2 Stubborn but Dense Boat Captain: ZERO

The reports of the submission of my alternator to my will have been greatly exaggerated.

For a brief, glorious moment or three it charged my batteries. I was euphoric, I had not seen 30 Amps of current coming off my alternator since I don’t know when.

Of course it was short lived. Simply WORKING the way it is supposed to would be perverse. It would take all the challenge out of managing my electricity if, after being forced to motor all day because of uncooperative winds at least I had the small consolation of fully charged house batteries.

Apparently all is well with the alternator, and the regulator. They are doing what they are supposed to be doing – spinning up, making electricity as needed. They only thing that apparently is NOT happening is any of that happy power making it to my batteries.

Suffice it to say, I am not going to surrender this easily. I am far to stubborn for that. The only dodgy thing I see is a fuse holder that looks corroded. Operating on the Sherlock Holmes principle that “once you’ve eliminated the impossible, whatever is left no matter how improbable is the truth” or some such nonsense, this seems to be the only thing that is not completely normal in the picture.

It is my plan to replace it and see if that solves the problem. I’m sure you are all on the edge of your seats, so I may have to update this as soon as I have some positive results.

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