Originally Posted by CaptainChaos
Yes, a genset is very useful on a cruising boat but I still think quiet hours should be observed. Run it during the day if you need to recharge batteries, run the AC during the hottest part of the day, etc. but at night please let those of us that wish to enjoy the quiet of the night have our time, as well.
There is a HUGE difference between a genset and a portable generator, unless you have a cat with the exhaust between the hulls. If you can hear mine run at all, you will hear the water coming out of the exhaust only, not the engine. As I said, if someone chooses to anchor downwind of me, then it's on them, if the genset exhaust bothers them, but w/o the genset, I don't get a hot meal in the morning and evening, never mind refrigeration and battery charging.