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Gensets vs Inverters
Wife and I intend to live aboard and travel the ICW south from MD with intentions of visiting various ports south into the Gulf and eventually into the Caribbean.
We have intentions of mostly anchoring along the way except when in areas where we want to spend longer then usual sightseeing then we would look for a marina as a transient.
Would like to have a cell phone which will need it''s battery charged from time to time. TV/DVD/Tape combo with minimul usage. Laptop computer for "e" mail and weather or other sailing issues again minimul usage. Female electrical devices from time to time again minimul usage. Man stuff, power tools when needed.
No microwave, electric coffee pot, etc.
Have AC/Heat aboard but have not used it since purchasing the boat with the exception of testing from time to time while in the slip.
Don''t care to use it but from what we are hearing the AC may be useful in areas further south. Issue we are not certain about.
Is it possible to have a small genset to run the AC only leaving the inverter for all other uses?
Have room in lazaret depending on size of genset. Also have room in engine compartment.Assuming genset can run off diesel have two 30 gal tanks.
Emergency use! Since I''m just starting research unfamilier with total usage of a genset.
Currently budget okay since we are working. Once retired we will go day by day. Have pension and other assets.