Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Fort Lauderdale
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We have a 12000 BTW Cruise Air system in our Beneteau 343. Our little Honda EU2000 is able to start the condenser and keep it running...it drops out of ecothrottle mode and runs full on, but its able to keep up with it.
I'd imagine in a 38' vessel, you'd have a 16,000 BTU system as the 12,000 BTU is weak for our boat and struggles in the summer heat without extra fans. So, the extra wattage may be good for you.
When we evaluated, you could get the Honda online for $850 if you haggled, shipped to your door. The Yamaha was newer and wasn't being discounted...so for the price of 1 Yamaha, I was looking at getting almost 2 of the Hondas!! So, what we did was get a single Honda, but bought the extended range tank that holds an extra 10 gallons of fuel...mostly for times of hurricanes at home.
The only thing that worries me about these mini-gensets is that *THEY RUN HOT* We usually kept ours on the stern swim platform in calm waters and often times, I find that the surrounding gelcoat heats up uncomfortably even wiht the exhaust pointed AWAY from the boat.
Also, Carbon Monoxide (CO) scares me to death. I've never been able to sleep with the Honda on at night, just because I'm worried about fumes and such stovepiping. Some I've heard keep the generator on a halyard and lash it about 10 feet above the deck...seems great idea until it rains at night! I think my next project wlll be fabricate an enclosure with a blower/muffler on the EU2000.great little machine though.