Colin Puckett

Northern Lights Shrinks Genny, Adds WaveNet NMEA 2000 Monitoring

Northern Lights Shrinks Genny, Adds WaveNet NMEA 2000 Monitoring

Northern Lights is basking in the southern sunshine this weekend at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) with a new skinny genny and a NMEA 2000-certified digital monitoring system called WaveNet.

Northern Lights M773LW3 Diesel Generator with WaveNet Digital Monitoring System

Northern Lights M773LW3 Diesel Generator with WaveNet Digital Monitoring System

The newly shrunk generator, the M773LW3, is a 9kW model and is almost 30% smaller than its predecessor.  “The overall size of smaller diesel generators and integration with vessel monitoring systems are two increasingly important issues with builders and boaters today,” said NLI sales and marketing manager, Colin Puckett. “We are looking forward to carrying this design philosophy throughout our power generation lineup. The smaller enclosure design and digital monitoring options further exemplify our commitment to keeping NLI at the forefront as a single-source supplier of marine systems.” 

According to NLI, the WaveNet system gives the user a digital window into the operation and output of the generator, including important parameters such as the generator output current, frequency and voltage that is being used at any given time. It also provides comprehensive data logging of generator-related events. WaveNet is NMEA 2000-certified allowing output to any number of NMEA 2000-compatible displays and can be retrofitted into existing NLI applications, the company said.

If you’re going to FLIBS this weekend, you can check out both new systems at the NLI booth, 1421.

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Posted by Tom in Construction & Technical, Cruising Under Power, Cruising Under Sail, Electronics, Engines, Powerboats, Sailboats, Technology

New Northern Lights M944T 38 kW Generator is Model for Full Line Upgrades

Northern Lights M944T

Northern Lights M944T 38 kW Generator


Northern Lights recently announced the availability of a new high power-density 38 kW generator, the M944T.  This new generator sports features that will soon become standard on the entire 5 kW-38 kW product line.  The new features include a “revolutionary new frame design,” in which the sound enclosure shares a base frame with the generator set, creating a compact power and sound-attenuation package that reduces both noise and vibration while maximizing engine room space.  Northern Lights says the new design also allows for easy installation of an additional set of vibration mounts for an even smoother, quieter package, with only minimal increase in height.

Other convenience features on the new generator include fuel and oil drains located outside of the sound enclosure for easy connections, as well as both forward and rear exhaust exit options.  The company announced the new generator at the recent Miami International Boat Show and said avaiability for delivery would be in “spring 2009.”

The total package is 60 inches long, by 32 inches high and 29 inches wide.  It will produce 38 kW of 60 Hz power at 1,800 RPM.  Optionally, it can be configured to product 32 kW at 50 Hz, at 1,500 RPM.  At 1,800 RPM, under full load, the generator can be expected to burn about 2.8 GPH; approximately 1.5 GPH at half-load.  Dry weight of the generator is 1,499 pounds.  The M944T is based on a heavy duty Lugger 4 cylinder, vertical inline diesel, with Bosch fuel injection and liquid cooling.

You can see the M944T specis and drawings here.

“The new design of the M944T is a very important step forward for Northern Lights,” said Colin Puckett, Northern Lights manager of marketing and sales administration.  “The configureation of the base frame and sound enclosure leads to numerous benefits, including ease of installation in both new-build and re-power applications, and improved overall access in a clean, compact, powerful package.”  Puckett added that the “increasing power requirements of today’s yachts call for a power solution that can reliably power complex systems at full load, without dominating the engine room.”

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Posted by Tom in Technology