I’m currently on a trip. After each run I like to check in the bilge. Yesterday I opened the hatch and there was a belt laying between the engines!  After she cooled down I got down there and found the port alternator laying next to the engine. The pivot bolt was sheared and the slide broken. Seems odd to me. If it seized I would assume it would just smoke the belt but..  after consideration I disconnected the wires from the parralel solenoid and tied them together. Should keep both batteries charged to get me home yes?  I have about an 80 mile ride home. 327Q’s. Thoughts?

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The bracket is cast so it is fragile.  If the alt bearings seized it could break and drop the belt.  If batteries are charged you probably could get home without concern but with stb alternator good, jump port and stb banks and head for home.  The plan you have is pretty much this answer.

Keep  the braket pieces, I brazed my port slide when it broke, different problem.

Mark - you’ll find out pretty quick if your other alt can’t carry the load, though suspect you’d get at least a couple hours. If you have a volt meter on the batteries, will be easy to monitor. To be safe, I’d turn off anything non-essential to at least buy a little more time.

When you get to replacing, shoot me an email. I currently have more alternators lying around than I could deal with in a lifetime and will make you a deal you can’t refuse if you can use one.

As long as the batteries are charged one alternator should be fine as Tim said. The way my boat was previously wired it always ran on 1 alternator or the other. Do not try to charge 2 discharged batteries with 1 alternator though, I melted the windings on mine that way. Even the stock alt is at least 30 amps, you won’t be pulling that running the engines and gps.

Thanks for the replies.  Matt I will be in touch  my other thought was to run the generator to keep the house charger on  but it sounds like I should be fine  shoving off soon  I will keep you posted


does that belt also drive the coolant pump ?

Belt is for alternator only. 

Ran great. No issues. Matt I will be in touch soon

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