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I''d consider getting a small diesel genset. Some like Fisher-Panda are extremely quiet (and expensive!) while others like the Balmar, Ample Power, etc. offer excellent performance but at a higher noise level (no sound shield). However, no matter what you get, it''s going to cost $$$, you will have to run it regularly, and maintenance can be expensive as well.
I have no experience with diesel generators per se but am a happy customer of Ample Power. They make a genset called the Genie which uses a proven alternator, Kubota diesel, and a smart regulator. Looks pretty off-the-shelf and reliable to me but needs sound insulation. Some packages like Panda and Balmar are potentilly more integrated into the rest of the boat electrical system.
Gensets usually also offer interfaces for hot water and water-making options. Naturally, desalinating would cut down on available power. All in all, diesel gensets are probably the way to go if you use a lot of power and have a large diesel auxiliary engine that you don''t want to run with a light load.
You may also want to consider solar panels combined with a large battery bank. This may be less expensive and less work for the same result. However, mounting, aesthetics can be an issue. Cheers!