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Ben Stein

Ben Stein

Publisher of, passionate marine electronics enthusiast, 100-ton USCG master.

11 Responses

  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I think that Southern Ben has found a good solution for a completely opposite shore power problem I’ve had up here in Maine. That was when Gizmo wintered at a marina that did not have metered pedestals and I objected to the flat power fee because I knew I’d only use a small amount. We eventually worked it out, but it would have been better if I could have offered them access to my own third party metering system and paid them fairly for what I used.

    Better yet would be pedestal meters at all marinas, I think, because flat fees penalize energy efficient boats.

  2. Bruce Schwab says:

    Southern Ben left out telling us how many kWh/day he’s using for his AirCon….;-)

  3. Ben Stein Ben Stein says:


    I’ve often debated installing newer, variable capacity Air Conditioning. I’m confident it would save quite a bit in electricity, but the question is how much and how long would it take to see return on that investment.

    You’re absolutely correct about insulation and overall energy efficient design. Our boat has effectively no insulation, very large windows, and lots of exposure to the sun. But another factor that can’t be overlooked is the water temperature. As I type this we’re floating in an 87 degree bath. With a solid fiberglass hull that heat makes it right through and that’s a lot of heat for the AC system to reject.

    -Ben S.

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