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01-04-2008 09:14 PM
greg.hadaller We use a Honda 1000 generator plugged into our shorepower outlet feeding our ProSine inverter/charger. Works great. The Honda pumps in 32 amps, continuously for at least three hours (the longest we've tried). Our 120 amp charger lets me limit the amps it pulls from the generator by configuring a 'breaker size' on the setup panel -- not sure how effective this setup would be without that ability, as if the 'breaker size' is set too high, the Honda pops its circuit breaker.

Note that our Honda has DC output at 8 amps, which works fine, but why settle for 8 when you can get 32 via AC output and a charger? Not sure why Honda restricts it to 8 amps, when clearly more power is available.
01-04-2008 07:19 PM
speciald The guy anchored next to me had his Mastervolt genset pulled for repair. He bought a Honda to keep his fridge, chargers.etc runningtwo weeks ago - it was alot cheaper than putting in to a marina while his Mastervolt is repaired. It is a little noisy, however.
01-04-2008 02:11 PM
sailingdog Warmbeer-

Should work just fine, since many people do just that with the little Honda generators.
01-04-2008 12:54 PM
warmbeer I have a Honda 2000 that I was thinking about plugging shorepower into to keep batteries up since I run the engine a little as possible. I keep the boat on a mooring and mostly anchor when travelling and have 2 house X110ah ea with Freedom charger/inverter and Link remote panel that can limit draw in the Honda.
The Honda 2000 has a floating neutral and I read somewhere that this situation is a problem on boats if you plug in shorepower. I can't remember if it was 110v danger or corrosion risks.
Need to do some research I guess unless anyone here knows what that's all about???

Thanks
01-04-2008 09:42 AM
sailingdog The portable Generators, like the Honda 1000 are inexpensive enough that you really shouldn't bother futzing with a kludge like that.
01-03-2008 08:09 PM
dvdcnl
another gen

I've heard about using a car alternator with a small lawnmower type engine. That way you don't have to use a battery charger to get dc.
12-05-2007 02:05 PM
NautiG Hey Paul, Gemini owners unite! We'll take over the world.

My concern about placing the generator on the stern is that there is a wind eddy created by the bimini (hard top on newer gems). The first time I ran my generator I had it on the stern, and I felt a little dizzy. But mine is a crappy two cycle, and probably puts off a lot more pollution than yours. I'm also particularly sensitive to chemical fumes. If you have a carbon monoxide detector you should be fine.

I'd recommend locating the DC ground on your boat, just for informational purposes. My boat does not seem to have one, but then again, it's a grandaddy gem, and has some other design flaws.

Scott
Gemini Catamaran Split Decision
http://nautib.blogspot.com
12-05-2007 07:58 AM
paulfitch I've used my Honda 2000 for 4 years now without any electrical problems. I plug it into the shore power input. I have a Freedom/Heart 1500 inverter/charger and the Honda regularly puts 60+ amps into the house bank when the batteries are down 100 amp hours or more. I'm also on a Gemini and always pump up the Silette leg when at anchor. Gen. sits on back transom so wind carries away exhaust. I haven't grounded the gen. and have found no electrical problems in the past 4 years. Just had it in the shop about a month ago. Not bad service for a boat that's gone from Florida to Panama mostly in a salt air environment.
11-26-2007 12:44 AM
Valiente Let us know if you get a good price and what connectors/plugs/grounding procedures are necessary on board, please.
11-25-2007 09:35 PM
SVGratitude Thanks everyone for your input. It seems that it should work pretty well for its intended use (supplemental charging).

I'm off to pick up my Honda 2000 tomorrow. I'll post a follow up after I've used it and formed an opinion.

Thanks again,
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