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Old 07-19-2009
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Originally Posted by mattdpeterson View Post
... a friend of mine mentioned that there might be some dangerous static build up on the generator if it wasn't properly grounded.
"Dangerous static build-up?" Can't say as I've heard of that before.

There's really nothing "magic" about a portable generator. They're the same technology that the power company uses. They're the same technology that's been used to generate power ever since Tesla and Westinghouse.

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Originally Posted by mattdpeterson View Post
Is this true, and if so, is there a way I could go about grounding it through the keel somehow (d/c wiring?)
How are you going to use this generator? If you're going to be using it with your boat's electrical system, I would imagine you're going to use your shore power connection. If so: Everything should be grounded, as well as it can be in water, anyway, sufficiently. If it's not: Your boat is mis-wired.

As NautiG cautions: Even the "quietest" portable generators are pretty damn noisy and they generate a significant amount of exhaust gases, incl. carbon monoxide. You're going to want CO detectors in encloses spaces.

Jim
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