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I'm considering purchasing a portable generate for my sailboat. I'm considering a Honda EU2000i companion that I can plug my 30 amp cord into. I'd like the generator to charge my batteries when I'm sailing or at anchor, via my inverter/charger. Any thoughts on this option for keeping the batteries topped off? What options are others using for portable generators.
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There are plenty of other options that are cheaper, but nothing close to as good. I don't think any of them will allow you to run them while sailing, but at anchor should be fine.
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I'm considering purchasing a portable generate for my sailboat. I'm considering a Honda EU2000i companion that I can plug my 30 amp cord into. I'd like the generator to charge my batteries when I'm sailing or at anchor, via my inverter/charger. Any thoughts on this option for keeping the batteries topped off? What options are others using for portable generators.
The Honda 2000 is obviously the most popular choice these days... It might help to know what sort of boat we're talking about, what your power requirements are, and so forth... And, as this unfortunate subject arises frequently, you might want to have a look thru the "Similar Threads" listed below...

Now, I realize these things are here to stay, and I'm no longer surprised to hear them being run in otherwise peaceful anchorages from the Bahamas, to Maine... But, seriously, running one of these freakin' things while UNDER SAIL ???

Damn, talk about Spoiling the Mood...

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Re: Portable Generator

Here ya go even has 12v built in for charging Inverter Generator - 4.7HP, 2500W Inverter Generator
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Now, I realize these things are here to stay, and I'm no longer surprised to hear them being run in otherwise peaceful anchorages from the Bahamas, to Maine... But, seriously, running one of these freakin' things while UNDER SAIL ???

Damn, talk about Spoiling the Mood...

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Jon, I agree with you most of the time, but some folks have to charge their batteries. So, should they sail with the engine running, or drop sails and motor, or sail and run a small generator. Actually, I would rather sail and run the small gen. I don't see the problem.
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Here ya go even has 12v built in for charging Inverter Generator - 4.7HP, 2500W Inverter Generator
Yeah, running that thing to charge via DC @ 8 amps, that's efficient, alright... :-)

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Jon, I agree with you most of the time, but some folks have to charge their batteries. So, should they sail with the engine running, or drop sails and motor, or sail and run a small generator. Actually, I would rather sail and run the small gen. I don't see the problem.
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Well, we don't know what sort of boat we have here, or the type of sailing/cruising being done, so... But I have to charge my batteries just like anyone else, just seems to me there are better options...

I'll admit, I'm overly cranky about the proliferation of these things... I suppose I just wonder how people do without them before they became so popular... :-)

To each his own, but if I had no other means of charging the batts, I'd still be inclined to run the engine for doing so... No fussing with gasoline, having to protect the unit from the elements, the risks inherent with carbon monoxide, etc...

You make a good point, however... all things being equal, I suppose I would much prefer if folks ran these generators when they were under sail, rather than after having arrived in an anchorage :-)
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No indication as to the size of the charger. I can just barely run 2 40 amp chargers at full load. The honda is NOT 2000 watts, it is about 1400 if you get a good one.
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But, seriously, running one of these freakin' things while UNDER SAIL ???
I've delivered a couple of boats that used Honda generators for battery charging (AC to battery charger, not the DC output). It was a messy, smelly, unpleasant evolution while underway. I'd rather have used the space for extra diesel and run the main.
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I've delivered a couple of boats that used Honda generators for battery charging (AC to battery charger, not the DC output). It was a messy, smelly, unpleasant evolution while underway. I'd rather have used the space for extra diesel and run the main.
Probably depends on the boat. On my catamaran with outboards, with engines raised, and the gen. sitting on the aft quarter in the slipstream, it works quite well.
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Probably depends on the boat. On my catamaran with outboards, with engines raised, and the gen. sitting on the aft quarter in the slipstream, it works quite well.
Definitely depends on the boat. On a Passport 40 with an enclosure it's just unpleasant.

On a boat with outboards the calculus changes. You have big gasoline storage anyway and a fuel line to your main tanks is practical. You just have to worry about keeping the generator reasonably dry and avoid exhaust gas in the cockpit and in the boat.
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