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I hope so as well. Of course, if anyone made a reliable 20 kilo diesel genset that output 13 amps/2,000 Watts, I would have that instead of the Honda. The upside is that with the little Honda outboard, I should be able to keep just two 5 gallon gas jerrycans on deck to keep both tender and generator going for some time.
The wind generator I am thinking of would be the Duo-Gen, which can also be towed when under sail. I envision three or four 130W solar panels (arch plus pilothouse roof), and any combination of those sources topping up an 840 Ah house battery bank will, I hope, greatly reduce or eliminate the need to run the diesel to charge the batteries. Once or twice a week for a few hours, sure...no problem, but I find the idea of revving the diesel in neutral to turn the alternator wasteful and detrimental to the engine and my desire to keep a quiet boat.