Originally Posted by sailors
New to posting here, saw you using the Honda portable generator for charging etc, do you use while cruising, if so how is the noise factor, vibration, where do you keep it when using?
Welcome sailors! This is a great site, these people have given me lots of great guidence, I'm sure you will enjoy the same.
I bought the Honda just this week, so I'm no expert at all. Also this is our first year with a larger sailboat, we graduated from a smaller 26 footer just back in September. I will say the generator is very quiet. It has 2 modes, "normal" and "eco", in normal it runs and is a bit loud but nothing like a regular generator, in eco it is very quiet but if you are to cycle large loads on and off it is not recomended since the engine can't ramp up the low RPMs fast enough for the high load. This generator has an inverter that regulates frequency indipendant of engine speed unlike a regular generator that has to maintain a set RPM. I bought the Honda EU2000i Companion, it has a 20 Amp AND 30A recepticle, the regular EU2000i has just 2 20A recepticles. I bought it for it's light weight of 46lbs to recharge if I ever ran the batteries down too low PLUS we plan to experiment with air conditioning options this Summer. I did look at Yamaha's equivelent and almost bought it instead until I noticed the Honda had a larger engine which means it's going to handle higher loads better. I also have a tri-fuel conversion kit on the way to run it off propane so I don't have to worry about spilling gasoline everywhere. I have converted a few generators over to tri-fuel and it is REALLY worth doing.