How to identity your alternator
Small case alternators are found on most 2, 3 and 4 cylinder diesels and are found on the majority of recreational sailboats up to 50 feet long. Large case alternators are found on larger diesels of 6 cylinders or more, usually on power boats. Large case alternators tend to be the size of a gallon paint can, small case alternators are the size of a smaller paint can
Here are the four different mounting types commonly found on marine diesels, two variations of the single foot mount and two variations of the dual foot mount.
The single foot mount can have a foot that is either 1" or 2" wide. The alternator in the picture above has a detachable rear part of the foot so it can be used in either application
The dual foot mount with 3.15" spacing between the feet is most commonly found on Yanmar engines and so it often gets called the "Yanmar Mount"
There is also a mount where the feet are 4" apart and that is called the J-180 mount
Pulleys for V belts come in Single V and Dual V configurations. Serpentine style pulleys come in 6 groove, 8 groove, and 10 groove configurations.
Suite of Victron parts for Lithium batteries on a boat
The full suite of Victron parts would include the following: Batteries VE Bus BMS - the battery management system BMV 712 battery monitor MultiPlus inverter charger Remote for MultiPlus The Color Control GX (CCGX) is optional, it doesnt do anything, ...
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