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Re: Honda generator(s) in lieu of running auxiliary

I borrowed a Honda from another sailor to try out and it was not as I expected or anticipated. The sound level was not bearable to us so put that idea to rest. My high output alt and substantial battery banks appears to be our best solution.
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Re: Honda generator(s) in lieu of running auxiliary

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Re: Honda generator(s) in lieu of running auxiliary

I don't want to argue with anyone. My experience is different that most of the comments I've read here. Maybe it's because I have a small boat. My battery bank is only 230 amps. I cruise in an area where shore power availability is rare. I bought a
Honda eu1000i a couple of years ago. Wow! I love it! I use a "smart" charger that steps down through several stages of power starting at 20amps. I don't use a lot of power but after a week cruising, I'm starting to draw down the bank. I can top off my battery bank by running my set up for three to four hours. The last hour or so it's charging at less than one amp. I have a Victron battery monitor that helps me know close to the state of charge. I find it best to do the re-charging mid day when sitting on the hook. Never at night or evening. My rule is, if I can see another boat, I don't run the honda. Well, yeah, if you drop the hook early, you might be by yourself! Even though I'm trying hard not to ofend anyone, I don't find the Honda all that loud. It helps if there is a little breeze. I set the generator on the rear (on my lazaret) of my boat and I put a folded up towel under it to absorb vibrations. It's great. I've been out for as long as 16 days and not have to worry about running out of power. My experience only..... yours may vary.
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Re: Honda generator(s) in lieu of running auxiliary

connect it to your shore power cable then stick it in the dinghy off the transom
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