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Topic Review (Newest First)
02-24-2009 04:25 PM
hellosailor Craig ?!

You mean, you didn't read the Special Honda Marine Manual, the part that says the genset should be hoisted to the masthead immediately after starting?
02-24-2009 01:35 PM
KindOfBlue I have a 2000 watt Honda and only run it when absolutely needed. The fumes are crazy and I am sure that carbon monoxide comes well before the fumes. I tried putting it on the bow on the stern and in the digny (10 feet back from the boat).
02-24-2009 01:26 PM
thekeip If anyone is consudering using a small generator of any ilk, it would be a good idea to consider what Xantrex has to say about it.
Howard Keiper
Berkeley
02-24-2009 07:59 AM
celenoglu Most generators (specially Chineese) are manufactured for AC (110V) generation. They can supply 12 V for charging purposes but the output is generally low. Make sure to look for a good unit that has a high current output for 12 V.

It is a better idea to usesolar panels + wind power for charging. They are more silent, does not need gasoline and work 24 hours.

Some makes of wind generators are too noisy. Used a three blade one with blades narrowing on the tips. In fact I stopped it due to extra noise.

I alsoused a five blade one with blades not narrowing. It was very silent. You cannot even know if it is working.
02-24-2009 07:47 AM
xort more vibrations and more noise. your choice.
02-24-2009 02:11 AM
mdbee Remember: Chinese = crap. WalMart = crap with waranty.
02-24-2009 01:25 AM
GeminiDaze Look in a used chandlery.... lots of different chargers because there are people out there that have to have the latest. You can pick up a good 250 amp charger for $75- $150. Duo Gen makes a great water/wind generator. A little pricey but if you are under sail it will give you 8 amps at 6 kts, 14 amps at 7 kts and 20 amps at 8 kts if you can go that fast. When you'r in port flip it up out of the water and switch the water propeller to the Wind propeller and you are still generating the power. Stay out of the doldrums!
02-24-2009 01:00 AM
scottyt just a quick look here on craigslist for a honda 2000 I for 550

edit quick google search for used solar panels found this Solar Panels at very low cost, SunElec.com they have a 200 watt "blemished" panel for 600 bucks

if you got the full 85 amps a day based on 6 hours of light then you would be down 15 amps a day at 100 amps useage, so you would have to run a genny every 5 days using 340 amps total battery, or about 150 amps to be at 50 % ( minus never getting a 100 %charge ) discharge and still have about a day to spare
02-24-2009 12:49 AM
PBzeer I'm as miserly as anyone, but I don't have the slightest hesitation about having my Honda generator. It's something where I think you definitely get what you pay for.
02-24-2009 12:48 AM
scottyt well the batteries are a good start

as for the genny, i had one, bought it at pep boys for 150. it worked for a while, a good long while, infact it still runs but i think the sea air got to the genny end. the problems are is they are not near as fuel effecent as a honda when it come to gas. it also had much more vibrations than a honda, and was noisier too.

i would look on craigslist for a honda, and you can find em for 700 new if you look ( the 1000I). honestly if you can break the bank and buy some solar. 200 watts will give you about 85 amps a day. just for knowledge 150 watts will give you about 65 amps a day

edit i just read you think you need 100 to 150 amps a day, you need to get some led lights, each 10 watt bulb you replace will give you about 5 amp hours back if you use the light 6 hours a day. also 100 amps a day is a lot. also you need to look at the price for a decent charger, they cost money too, and unless you run what ever genny you get for 10 hours a day a 15 amp one wont cut it. solar saves you from having to buy a big charger
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