Whilte there have been an abundance of threads on the use - and perils of use - of small, gasoline-powered generators, I haven't seen any discussion on the possible merits on designing a safe enclosure that would allow generator use while eliminating the causes for concern that are normally present.
While we are all aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide and gasoline fumes it would seem that designing something that would
adress these and other issues while allowing secure use would be very beneficial.
I don't know if it can be done, but it seems like this forum could make a great think tank to examine the issue.
Here are my basic thoughts. Please feel free to comment/suggest/tweak:
- A rigid and secure mount which would cantilver off the stern and provide a mounting for the enclosure.
- A box enclosure which would latch to provide an airtight (or nearly airtight) housing for the generator.
- A source of intake air to the box with a simple check valve or other method to prevent exhausing through the intake line.
- A 12V bilge blower which powers directly from the running generator and hose fittings to step down from 3" to 1 1/2".
- An exhaust hose - typical engine exhaust 1 1/2" which would extend from the sump of the box housing the exhaust fan to about 12" below the waterline.
Whilte there are likely many details to be worked out or suggested by SailNet posters, it seems that something like this might be very beneficial. I know there are other issues including addressing the need for safe grounding, wisdom onf connecting the generator through external power and others, but think we should kick this around a bit.
What do you think?
1965 Cal 30