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Questions about generators BVI/USVI

Iím used to sailing in the Med, we donít really use generators here so I have no experience with them on board. We will be visiting BVI in July we would like to have the OPTION of a/c while on shore power and at anchor/mooring. I know many donít like a/c period, but weíve have holidays ruined by sleepless sweating nights.
We have portable 110V hatch conditioner we can bring with us and are thinking about running it from a Honda EU2000i. I have some questions..

1. The Honda is very quiet and Iíve seen it used on campgrounds. Would it be significantly louder than the onboard gensets the other boats will have?

2. Are there any rules of etiquette for running generators at night at anchor? Will we be the only ones or can we generally find another noisy boat to anchor up nearby?

3. Any suggestions on where we could rent a portable Honda generator in BVI or USVI?

4. Is it easy to find berths in marinas with shore power in BVI during the summer?


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Chris
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It wasn't clear from your post if you would be on your own boat or another? All of the docks that I've been to in the BVI have both American 110v/60Hz and European 220V/50Hz and charge more for European style power than American (sort of like an electrical Perrier surcharge). Some charter boats run their genset continuously to power their AC and, for the most part, the genset are quiet enough that the sound of the AC cooling water splashing off the side is as loud as the genset murmur. But I've been in a few where the genset was loud enough to be bothersome and they really should have anchored off a bit further from the crowd. Generally the Air-X windgens are more bothersome, though.

I don't know if a hatch unit would do the trick in the BVI unless you were only cooling one smallish cabin. I also don't know of any places in the BVI or USVI which would rent out portable generators. It might be worth emailing Moorings and asking; although they would just say "charter one of ours".

(I'm at the marina now and thinking of firing up the AC, the sun is climbing up the sky and there is no wind and my body hasn't acclimated yet. I'm glad I have both AC and shore power )
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Thanks for the reply. We would be chartering a boat, but are looking for something under 40' that my wife and I could easily handle. We would not be looking to cool the whole boat - just a cabin for sleeping. Ideally we would find a boat which a/c and genset in place, but have not seen this on anything under 40'. Good to know we would not be the only people running a/c at anchor, we'll try to find a distant spot!
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(I'm at the marina now and thinking of firing up the AC, the sun is climbing up the sky and there is no wind and my body hasn't acclimated yet. I'm glad I have both AC and shore power )
That last statement was just plain uncalled for . It's foggy, chilly and wet here in North Carolina and I can only imagine what it is like for some of the folks farther north.
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I doubt you will find gen and air on a smaller charter boat.

Starting to get hot in July and they have hurricanes...come mid-Novemeber.
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It's foggy, chilly and wet here in North Carolina and I can only imagine what it is like for some of the folks farther north.
Yeah, that's why I'm thinking about summer holidays already!
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That last statement was just plain uncalled for ...
I know, I must have a mean streak in me. I'm belowdecks now (with the AC running) after getting the dodger and bimini up - I'd forgotten how hot it can be down here, even in the winter
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In the BVI, generators are hated by other sailors. Lucky for you, less will be around in July.

All generators are excessive noise to those not using them... stink and spoil the anchorage's tranquility which most cruisers came to enjoy.

Worst of all are those on cats which run all night and seem to always anchor within overlapping swings and almost always up wind.

I personally think such offending boats should be free targets for surface warfare after sundown. The possibility of torpedo use should also be considered..... and applauded
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RealityCheck - my genset can't be heard outside of the boat, even the exhaust separates water under the surface and gases above. Now exhaust odor is a separate issue. Then again, after today I belong to the generatorless crowd as I now have a dead Panda aboard.
I still think I hate Air-X Marine units more than gensets. Thankfully, there are earplugs.
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I blew up my FP 6 months after spending nearly 3k to repair it. I now have a Northern Lights. Very few charter boats of the 40+/- size will have gensets. Look at Sunsail as they have a luxury line with those extras.
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