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Topic Review (Newest First)
07-30-2012 01:11 PM
Armchair Sailor
Re: Portable micro electric generators

I like the idea of the towed generator.
07-13-2012 09:54 AM
chuck53
Re: Portable micro electric generators

You do know this is a 5 year old thread, or is this just an attempt to enter a shameless plug?
07-13-2012 06:04 AM
sstuller
Re: Portable micro electric generators

It beats me why you need any more than the alternator on your outboard to charge your batteries with a 21' sailboat.
The mate and I cruised for three months solid with a 23' sailboat in the North Channel with just a Honda outboard as the battery charger and never felt we needed anything more. Not to date ourselves but this was before the age of GPS. Bring a portable charger for use at the dock and you should be covered. Thanks. Steve S.
01-01-2007 08:25 PM
JouvertSpirit That lawn mower generator idea makes me want to build one up just for the heck of it.
01-01-2007 03:48 AM
wind_magic I have a Honda EU1000i and really like it. I tie a short piece of line to it and wrap it around a cleat at the very back of the boat with the muffler facing the water. At anchor the wind is always on the front of the boat and that insures that the exhaust gas gets blown off the back of the boat. As a safety precaution I do close the cockpit off when I am running the generator, just in case, and I insure that all of the cockpit lockers are closed. I also have a carbon monoxide alarm on the boat. But I never really felt that was necessary, the way I have the generator mounted when I am using it I have trouble imagining how exhaust gas could get into even the cockpit in any great quantity. It usually doesn't hurt to be on the safe side, however. I find the EU1000i to be very quiet and I don't mind running it when other people are anchored near me, though I do choose not to run it near sunset when everyone typically sits in there cockpit and watches the world go by. It's a small generator and I would feel comfortable taking it on the dinghy to shore and using it to run power tools and things. I would not want to carry it for great distances, however, because it does get heavy pretty fast. It uses minimal amounts of gasoline. I don't know the Yamaha you refer to, but I feel comfortable giving the Honda two thumbs up.
01-01-2007 03:23 AM
pigslo http://www.lookout2000.com/windpower/index.htm ...Here is the one I was looking for from a car alternator.
12-31-2006 08:22 PM
sailaway21 Before we get too far off the track, one of the major reasons that I was attracted to the little Yamaha 1000, or the Honda of the same size, is that it is physically small and light weight. 28 lbs !
Now, for that size and weight, you can do a lot of things, if not run your a/c. On a larger boat, it would afford you a completely independant charging system-to charge say your starting battery if needed. Given the size and weight I could see it being worth having to charge some specific items and then just toss it back in the bottom of a locker.
I know that I could go up to a larger unit, but that misses the point of having a small and unobtrusive unit in the first place. Let's face it, anything that weighs much over 50 lbs is going to stay right where it's put be it the garage, the bilge, or the back of the pick-up truck. At 28 lbs this is something that can easily be brought up on deck, walked down to the dock, carried ashore for a party, etc.... Frankly, I was surprised that they've gotten them down as small as they have with the output they have.

As usual, we have the camping, hunting, and fishing markets to thank for the impetus to design the product.
12-31-2006 11:06 AM
ebs001 Cap'n D I think from what I,ve read that for surge current of short duration the EU2000 will go above the 2000VA rating and would run larger A/C units than a 6,000 BTU. In an earlier thread people were running 10,000 or 12,000 BTU units.
Cam, my point was one needs to match one's gen choice to one's loads, so before one buys think of loads now and in the future.
12-31-2006 10:02 AM
camaraderie Ebs...I've always known that size matters! but you're right if a 20AMP charger is all you need for your bank. When you get up into the 500A/H+ range on a cruising battery bank....it takes a lot of time to put your daily use back into those banks with just a 20 amp charger. My Heart smart charger inverter puts out 130AMPS before it starts tapering the charge and it is a pretty common piece of equipment on cruising boats but it does suck up the kilowatts in return for a fast charge.
12-31-2006 09:46 AM
capn_dave
Ahoy ebs001

The EU 2000 will provide 17 amps surge and 13 amps run at 120vac. A 40 amp smartcharger like the Truecharge will draw about 11 amps max. and taper off, down to about 1 amp. A 6000 btu Marine Air A/C draws about 6 amps run and 15 amps start. That is about the max for the EU2000 on start up. You have to run the EU2000 at full throttle to start the A/C unit with nothing else running.
I doubt if our friend has A/C on his boat, so the EU should be able to do what is asked. He could even run the microwave, a hotplate, coffee maker, etc. Just not all at the same time.

Fair Winds Oh!!! it is 77 degrees partly cloudy, wind about 9kts to go into the low 80's today

Cap'n Dave .......reporting to you live from Georgetown Bahamas
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