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07-24-2013 10:59 PM
JonEisberg
Re: Costco - Smarter Tools 2000W Gen by Yamaha

Yeah, putting a generator - and who knows what else - in a dink, is certainly the option of choice for the locals in Marathon...

Probably the #1 reason why the ONLY time I'll anchor in Boot Key Harbor is to ride out a front... It's always a relief when one finally does arrive, and the wind and rain finally drowns out the cacophony of all those "whisper quiet" and "virtually silent" gensets... :-)


07-24-2013 10:04 AM
hellosailor
Re: Costco - Smarter Tools 2000W Gen by Yamaha

chuckles-
Got a smartphone? If not, steal an iphone. There are plenty of free "db meter" apps for all of them. Calibration of course is a whole other issue, but the basic equipment is commonly out there. Frequency response will differ from a real db meter as well, but again...good enough for gummint work.
07-24-2013 09:35 AM
chucklesR
Re: Costco - Smarter Tools 2000W Gen by Yamaha

I have a Ryobi 2800 I picked up from Home Depot for $599.

I can't verify the db's at various levels of load because I don't carry a meter to do so, I can say I've used both the Honda 2000 and my 2800 - the 2800 is at a minimum no louder.
It' also capable of 2200 watts continuous, 2800 peak, has economy mode that can either charge my batt's, run my microwave, or run my 7200 btu air conditioner.
None of that can be done by the Honda in eco mode, and it's 60% of the cost.
07-23-2013 11:15 PM
bljones
Re: Costco - Smarter Tools 2000W Gen by Yamaha

Chances are, after running a genny all night in an achorage for a night or two, carbon monoxide will not be a problem.

Try a couple of cofamo or hella high cfm fans and a windscoop before pulling the pin on the AC grenade. you may be surprised at how comfy it is.
07-23-2013 11:13 PM
MSter
Re: Costco - Smarter Tools 2000W Gen by Yamaha

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I've got 3 detectors now. When I get to the boat, I am going to play with varoious configurations for generator placement and exhaust venting. Two ideas I really like are putting it in the dink and also building an exhuast extension hose.

Our previous boat was also a Watkins 27'. We got into the habit of putting the generator in dink as there was too much noise/vibration with it on deck and no way was I going to try running it in the cockpit.

I have looked for other solutions including fitting a length of copper line to extend the muffler overboard. While this would fully exhaust the fumes away from the boat and possibly even reduce the noise, I don't think the gen could handle the back pressure. I have also seen an aftermarket venturi extension made for the RV market, but found putting the gen in the dink was the most logical solution.
07-23-2013 10:31 PM
TheWollard
Re: Costco - Smarter Tools 2000W Gen by Yamaha

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CO2 is always a concern while running our Honda Gen at night. We typically put it in the dink as it eliminates the vibration and greatly reduces the risk of poisoning ourselves. We have 2 CO2 detectors as well. We keep one in the v-berth and one just off the galley as you walk up the companionway.
I've got 3 detectors now. When I get to the boat, I am going to play with varoious configurations for generator placement and exhaust venting. Two ideas I really like are putting it in the dink and also building an exhuast extension hose.
07-23-2013 09:33 PM
MSter
Re: Costco - Smarter Tools 2000W Gen by Yamaha

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Originally Posted by TheWollard View Post
I just purchased a Smarter Tools brand portable generator, 2000W, from Costco. It's powered by a Yamaha MZ80 Engine. It's the AP200i.

Today I unpacked the generator, added oil and gas, and pulled the chord to start. It purred to life instantly.

I'm home this week, getting ready for a 6 day cruise from the Keys to Titusville, FL. I plan to use this generator during the trip to run an a/c unit at night.

I'll add any relevent feedback to this thread after the trip.

So far, I'm very impressed with the low noise level and weight of the generator.

The only negatives so far, when compared to the category leader Honda, are that this model cannot be linked to another in tandem. The $500 I saved more than make up for this feature.

Do you use a portable generator aboard? Where do you setup on deck?

CO is always a concern while running our Honda Gen at night. We typically put it in the dink as it eliminates the vibration and greatly reduces the risk of poisoning ourselves. We have 2 CO detectors as well. We keep one in the v-berth and one just off the galley as you walk up the companionway.
07-21-2013 10:06 PM
goehner2
Re: Costco - Smarter Tools 2000W Gen by Yamaha

Two boaters get carbon monoxide poisoning at Nacimiento Lake

Published: May 28, 2013

A man and woman were hospitalized Sunday suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning while boating on Nacimiento Lake.

The incident began Sunday at 4 p.m. when sheriff’s deputies were flagged down to give aid to a man and a woman in Las Tablas Cove. They had evidently been sitting in the stern of their boat and inhaled exhaust from the engine, said Tony Cipolla, spokesman for the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.

“The woman was not breathing, and deputies performed CPR,” he said. “They were both transported to the hospital.”

In addition to sheriff’s deputies, Monterey County park rangers and Cal Fire responded. A California Highway Patrol helicopter was also dispatched, but the patients were taken to Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton via ambulance.

The woman involved died May 27th.
07-21-2013 08:10 PM
hellosailor
Re: Costco - Smarter Tools 2000W Gen by Yamaha

If you don't want to put the generator over the side in the dink...at least do consider putting up a small riding sail, to keep your bow ppinted into the wind, and then running an exhaust hose from the generator over the transom and down to the water, so you are ensuring it is downwind of the boat and outside of it.

Stuff that is doing combustion while I sleep makes me uncomfortable.
07-21-2013 06:53 PM
hopcar
Re: Costco - Smarter Tools 2000W Gen by Yamaha

xort, I haven't made enough posts here to be allowed to post links yet. Just google "hard start capacitor" and you will find a lot of info on them. The brand I used is Supco.

I don't know how it differs from the Dometic's magic box. I once saw inside Mermaid's version of the magic box and there was a Supco Hard Start along with circuit boards inside.
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