Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Providence, RI
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Wow. Great feedback here. I also have an EU2000, which meets my immediate needs but does not make me the most popular guy in the raft at 8am when I start her up. I was also hoping for something to use while underway. I have rather limited space (what sailor doesn't), so the Panda looked very appealing. However, I've read some horror stories about Panda after-sale support, service and reliability. I have a Westerbeke engine which has been solid (with a few replacements, of course) and is easy to get serviced. The Westerbeke enclosure looks pretty large, though. The Next-Gen looks rather appealing. A kubota engine is about as standard as you can get. However, the Westerbeke runs at about 1800rpm vs 2600 or so for the Next-Gen. I like the idea of a lower RPM engine.
I'm thinking of either a 3.5kw or a 5kw AC genset. I really only need to run a shore battery charger and an AC hot water heater, so 3kw would work, but I like to over-engineer.
Bellerophon, 46' staysail ketch
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