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Small portable gas generators
Since my Cascade 29 has an outboard auxillary with limited charging capabilities (10amp) I have to come up with a way to charge batteries (2-3 gell cells using a 30amp charger) while sailing and run a few appliances. I'd like to be able to run a small low watt microwave for boiling water and maybe a few other small appliances/tools from time to time while at anchor and possibly underway so I have been considering a small portable 1000watt gas powered generator.
I am aware of the dangers involved with having a low flashpoint fuel such as gasoline on board but since the auxillary is gas powered (New Yamaha 9.9 High Thrust) I figured I may as well stick with the same fuel for the generator also since I will already have gasoline on board.
The boat has a watertight lazeraette compartment in the stern I plan to store the gas tanks and generator in. Of course the generator will have to come out to be used and be sufficiently cooled down before returnig it to this area (suppose i could put it in another lazzeratte if this location turns out to be a bad idea).
Anyway, is there anyone else out there doing this or thinking about it? Am I nuts for even considering this? I have considered solar, wind and even hydro but don't want to invest the type of money needed for this type of equipment right now, maybe in a few years but autopilot, radar and a chartplotter are first in line.