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Most generators (specially Chineese) are manufactured for AC (110V) generation. They can supply 12 V for charging purposes but the output is generally low. Make sure to look for a good unit that has a high current output for 12 V.

It is a better idea to usesolar panels + wind power for charging. They are more silent, does not need gasoline and work 24 hours.

Some makes of wind generators are too noisy. Used a three blade one with blades narrowing on the tips. In fact I stopped it due to extra noise.

I alsoused a five blade one with blades not narrowing. It was very silent. You cannot even know if it is working.
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If anyone is consudering using a small generator of any ilk, it would be a good idea to consider what Xantrex has to say about it.
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I have a 2000 watt Honda and only run it when absolutely needed. The fumes are crazy and I am sure that carbon monoxide comes well before the fumes. I tried putting it on the bow on the stern and in the digny (10 feet back from the boat).
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Craig ?!

You mean, you didn't read the Special Honda Marine Manual, the part that says the genset should be hoisted to the masthead immediately after starting?
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