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That is an interesting option. I am not a fan of the gasoline generators either, so I find this diesel intriguing.
But when I look at these separate generator options, I find them very difficult to justify. I can see where they make sense for folks that are running air-conditioning or other high loads on a continuous basis, but beyond that? They sure take up a lot of valuable storage space.
You already have a diesel generator on board -- the auxiliary. Since you plan to have a house bank that can go upwards of 3 days before recharging, why not just charge it from the auxiliary engine? You could invest your money in a high output alternator, and reduce charging times. You might even consider adding a PTO and a second alternator.
Very few of us will wear out our auxiliary engines from hours. Most are designed to go 3-4k hours before rebuild. The key is to have them loaded while running, as much as possible. A second high-output alternator (switched for use on-demand), can help with that. Higher-output alternators also help to maximize charging while motoring underway, which reduces or extends the interval for charging times at anchor.
Anyway, that's just my take on the generator idea. I would personally avoid adding the complexity of maintaining a second engine and losing the storage space, unless I absolutely needed it.
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