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I still don't get Creed's humor. Advocating a portable genset that would be used in an anchorage after hours? Advertising where to buy one? That's what this string is about, the "me generation" not considering that their noise is in other people's space.

To hellosailor, if you need a "spare", sign up for SeaTow or TowBoatUS. They cover situations your genset won't.

If you need to charge your batteries, use your auxiliary. It is probably faster and more fuel efficient and you can get the added advantage of hot water. If you want to minimize your charging time, get one or another of the gel technology batteries and a smart regulator--could be cheaper than a Honda generator. You could run your wife's hair dryer off an inverter.


Fallard, I invite you to come on down here to Afghanistan (where I've spent 4 of the past 10 years of my life by the way) so I can sit in rapture while you extole the virtues of a life outside the "me generation."

Until then I will responsibly run a generator when I deem it apropriate, taking into account those around me as I do with all things. Now, I cordially invite you to shift your focus and critique any of the other hundred+ Sailnet members who have advocated and use Honda eu2000i's for backup power when needed/appropriate;

As you can see, Sawingknots and I discussed this earlier and came to the conclusion that we are on the same side of the consideration at anchor issue.

I come to this forum to have some fun and share/receive information about my favorite hobby. I will not get drawn into an online pissing match about sailboats. Life's too short and there are far better things to stress out.

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My comments were not intended to starting a pissing match, but rather to express a difference in opinion. You may operate your portable generator with neighborly consideration, but there are too many folks who don't.
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One word of caution: Honda Companion ( and other Hondas as I understand it) split the voltage between the hot and neutral and you don't "see" 115 volts as "0" and "115" across the two. They actually put 62.5 volts, in different phases, across the two instead. That means it does not work with my Xantrex inverter/charger. Just food for thought.
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One word of caution: Honda Companion ( and other Hondas as I understand it) split the voltage between the hot and neutral and you don't "see" 115 volts as "0" and "115" across the two. They actually put 62.5 volts, in different phases, across the two instead. That means it does not work with my Xantrex inverter/charger. Just food for thought.
Not necessarily the issue. Do you have a Link 1000 or 2000 controlling your I/C? The Link has a Power Share feature.

Power Share feature on Link 2000

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Yes, a Link 1000. Power share limits the amount of amps the charger will draw in order to avoid causing an overload on the generator. That said, I did try that as well with no luck. I am still looking for the magic answer!
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i wish the hondas were quieter, for something that is marketed as super silent it is far from it, granted much quieter in eco mode
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I agree with Steve. It's not just the noise but the frequency. The Honda has an annoying whine like a mosquito buzzing around your ears.

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How much does it cost to add a proper water cooled inboard marine generator? $5,000.00? $6,000.00 or more?
The Hondas are attractive to a lot of boaters because of the cost savings.
In addition, I purchased mine because it is portable and can be used as a back up power at the house.
(we had a recent storm and lost power for about 3 days.) The Honda was a great choice. Price point, portability and the ability to use it at the house and boat made it very attractive for us.
And I will repeat what others have said, just because we carry a portable generator does not automatically make us jack asses. I run it at appropriate times and I am respectful to all others around me. I will even ask others around me if they mind me running it; Usually in the mid morning and off by noon.

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I run it at appropriate times and I am respectful to all others around me. I will even ask others around me if they mind me running it; Usually in the mid morning and off by noon.
Not me, I like to cruise thru quiet anchorages all night running the generator, with the Karaoke machine blaring full volume while taking potshots at otters with a high power rifle using bullets made of spent uranium.
Chew on that for awhile.

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