Just as in cars and trucks, marine alternators provide electricity that is generated and collected to use as an alternative means of providing electric current. Inside an alternator is a coil of wire that is rotated in a magnetic field, and this action generates the current. Onboard a ship or boat, marine alternators may be attached to the engine, or the propeller shaft. Alternators have two main parts, a stator and a rotor, one remains stationary and the other rotates as part of the alternator’s energy collection system.
How to Troubleshoot Marine Alternators
There is a simple test to see if your alternator is working. Using the panel voltmeter, the reading should be 12 volts with the ignition on, but without the engine running. If you do not read a jump to 14 volts when you kick over the engine, alternator/regulator failure is usually the culprit. When you need a replacement boat alternator, come to Wholesale Marine. We have quality alternators and starters from Sierra for most makes and models. We know you do not want to miss a single day on the water, so we offer same day, flat-rate shipping. If you’re not sure which alternator you’ll need, just use our handy parts locator, or give us a call for prompt and courteous service.
We stock everything boaters need to keep their vessels well-maintained and ready to launch. Once you become a Wholesale Marine customer, our selection, experience, and renowned customer service will keep you coming back. When you need advice about boat alternators or anything else for your boat, give us a call. Call us at (877) 388-2628 for same day, flat-rate shipping and our low price guarantee. We’re here from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM, EST, Monday through Friday. Be sure to ask about our Captain’s Loyalty program for additional discounts every time you shop at Wholesale Marine.
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