I'd rather be sailing
Join Date: Jul 2006
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As sailingdog stated - small generators are usually not capable of supporting the loads a small a/c unit will place on them. The Cruisair CO-7000, for example, draws 6.9amps at 115v - that's about 800watts. Starting amperage, however, is 21amps - about 2415watts. From a generator perspective, you'd have to buy the 134lb Honda EU3000 generator (as an example) to handle that startup power. If you wanted to use batteries (DC power) you would need a pretty serious inverter with a very large battery bank and a fast way to charge it to support an air conditioner. Most people use generators or just use a/c when on shore power.
s/v "Pelican" Passport 40 #076- Finished Cruising - for the moment -
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