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You could maybe squeak by with the little 900w / 800w continuous unit that Harbor Freight sells for as little as 99 bucks (on sale, 120 normal).

Of course it's loud so you'd get run out of the anchorage.
If it's the same unit one of my buddies has, it's a 2 stroke motor and sounds like a chain saw running - VERY loud.

If I were to ever have a generator on my boat (that wasn't an installed marine unit), I'd save up my dollars for a Honda - no ifs or buts about it.

It's possible that the Honda 1000 would run that AC unit, but I'd see if I could borrow someone's for testing before opening my wallet.

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How's the noise level on that unit JW?

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Re: Generator to run 6000btu window ac

I have both a cheap 1000 (advertised) watt 2 stroke generator and a 3500 watt (actual) 4 stroke generator. both are loud, but in different ways. The bigger genny is a steady
"ERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR RRRRRR" while the small one pulses..."RINGDADINGDADINGDING..DaDINGDINGDING..DADINGDINGDI NG...da......RINNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGG!!!!! DADINGDINGDINGDING...." The 2-stroke bothers me more, because it always sounds a little bipolar, like it is not sure whether it is going to seize up and quit or whether it is going to go tearing across the boatyard and start dryhumping a passing Vespa. i always feel like i have to keep an eye on it when i use it, while the 4-stroke generator is just like a bass player- dependable, dull loud, and just keeps doing the same thing until made to stop.

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Re: Generator to run 6000btu window ac

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How's the noise level on that unit JW?
I read claims of 90 decibels. It is really not too bad for my purposes in the marina during daylight hours. In a quiet anchorage in the evening or morning hours, where sound carries easily over the water, you would probably quickly antagonize everyone within a half mile.

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I'm looking at the Ryobi 2200, supposed to be 53 decibels - same as the ubiquitous Honda 2000 but rated at continuous 1800.

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I read claims of 90 decibels......
That's the level where sustained exposure will begin to cause hearing loss.


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Re: Generator to run 6000btu window ac

I wonder......
Why use and convert from one power source to another? Could one not run an automotive type compressor/system directly on a n engine..ala' direct coupled genset?
WHile it *may* not be as cool... howzabout a cold/raw water heat exchanger?

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I wonder......
Why use and convert from one power source to another? Could one not run an automotive type compressor/system directly on a n engine..ala' direct coupled genset?
WHile it *may* not be as cool... howzabout a cold/raw water heat exchanger?
First of all, I've never seen or even heard of anyone running an AC unit off of the boat's main propulsion engine.

Secondly, the OP has a 22 foot boat and I'm guessing, it has, at most, a 6 HP outboard. It's going to be pretty hard to put a auto type AC unit on an outboard.

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Re: Generator to run 6000btu window ac

Thanks for all the suggestions gentlemen Oh I should certainly mention I no longer have my Oday 22, I now have a Hunter 33. I have to update my profile. So far the AC has been doing a great job at keeping the boat cool. Had a couple fairly hot days and it done well and this was setting it at 72. At night it gets downright freezing in there. Guess I will have to see how it does in 95+ degree temps soon but I think it will still do well.

I been looking at different generators, seems like the Hondas are rated the best. However I also seen others (such as Hyundai Hy2000si, ETQ IN2500i, and Generac IX2000) pretty high ratings on those and about $300 to $400 less. However, I am still leaning on the Honda EU2000i. I mainly want it to run the ac and a small fridge.
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Re: Generator to run 6000btu window ac

I used to have a 4700 BTU CruiseAir on my Catalina 30. On hot, sunny days here in VA, it didn't do much, but once the sun set, it started to be comfortable and by 11 pm, it was pretty cool in the boat. If I left the thermostat in its coldest position, it was very cold the next morning.

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