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3 Days Ago 10:08 PM
UnionPacific
Re: Generator Etiquette

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Originally Posted by MikeOReilly View Post
This sounds like a good idea. Wish it was available 10 years ago when I bought the Yamaha 1000W (for a lot more than $100). It's certainly overkill for our battery-charging needs, although it's also useful for running power tools when we're off the grid.
Oh goodness, I would never use the thing. Only under an emergency. Way to noisy and smelly. a nice quiet inverter, or an inboard diesel genset is all I would use.
Would have been nice to have the morning we woke up with dead batteries and no generator at the time.
3 Days Ago 09:57 PM
MikeOReilly
Re: Generator Etiquette

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Originally Posted by UnionPacific View Post
I have given thought to getting a 2 stroke 900 watt unit from harbor freight for big emergencies. they are super small, and could put a nice charge on the batteries if need be. They only cost $100. As anyone with a honda fetish will tell you, we carry fuel for the dink.....
This sounds like a good idea. Wish it was available 10 years ago when I bought the Yamaha 1000W (for a lot more than $100). It's certainly overkill for our battery-charging needs, although it's also useful for running power tools when we're off the grid.
3 Days Ago 08:56 PM
miatapaul
Re: Generator Etiquette

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Originally Posted by bljones View Post
and yet another thread returns from the dead.
Yes, and the second post was from imagine2frolic. Made me sad to think that his sail got cut so short.
4 Days Ago 07:23 PM
UnionPacific
Re: Generator Etiquette

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Originally Posted by Bene505 View Post
The real answer is thorium power.

Safe nuclear does exist, and China is leading the way with thorium - Telegraph

Just sayin'

Regards,
Brad
We should all just have RTG's in our keel, not lead... 1000 watts 24/7 for 25 years! unlimited hot water too!
4 Days Ago 07:15 PM
Bene505
Re: Generator Etiquette

The real answer is thorium power.

Safe nuclear does exist, and China is leading the way with thorium - Telegraph

Just sayin'

Regards,
Brad
4 Days Ago 07:10 PM
UnionPacific
Re: Generator Etiquette

Quote:
Originally Posted by MikeOReilly View Post
For the record, I carry a portable 1000W Yamaha generator as my ultimate battery safety blanket.
I have given thought to getting a 2 stroke 900 watt unit from harbor freight for big emergencies. they are super small, and could put a nice charge on the batteries if need be. They only cost $100. As anyone with a honda fetish will tell you, we carry fuel for the dink.....
4 Days Ago 07:01 PM
UnionPacific
Re: Generator Etiquette

The way I look at it:
I don't want to hear you in a peaceful place. I don't want to hear your music, your yelling, or your generator. In this case if your generator cannot be heard from where I am, run it all you want. This is why my generator is a proper generator. I did sound levels on it, at 40' I could not hear it at all. Even right next to the boat the road noise was louder then the generator. A guy 50' from me fired up his honda just to run it as it had been a while, I thought someone was mowing grass. What a racket. out of earshot, out of mind.

Dieing from CO2 from a portable generator is an entirely different story. Or blowing yourself up by transferring petrol on deck.....
4 Days Ago 04:09 PM
zeehag
Re: Generator Etiquette

i have been watching as folks anchor near a friend of mine who has to use a generator now for reasons not his choosing. his solar controller is not doing what it is spozed to do , and he is using hondapower. he got there FIRST, mind you, and newcomers saw his generator on deck as they parked on top of him ANYWAY!!!....rodl.. and so, now, WHO needs etiquette??
4 Days Ago 02:15 PM
ianjoub
Re: Generator Etiquette

I cut the mufflers off of all of my generators so they make more power. I also remove all the insulation from the housings so they run cooler...







































*** this was sarcasm ***
5 Days Ago 12:23 PM
MikeOReilly
Re: Generator Etiquette

I don't like any loud human-made noise pollution. Top on my "offensive" list is loud music, but running any engine in a quiet anchorage to charge batteries is pretty annoying. Running the big diesel can be just as bad as a generator ... and it's far worse from an efficiency standpoint. I recognize the need to run generators, but I would never do it without considering my neighbours. As a start point, I would never run any loud engine (boat engine or portable) early in the morning or late in the evening.

For the record, I carry a portable 1000W Yamaha generator as my ultimate battery safety blanket. I've only used it perhaps a dozen times to charge boat batteries over the past decade, and eight of those events were during the season when our windmill unexpectedly died. Of the times we've run it, we do so when we're alone, or when we can check with our neighbours to ensure they are OK with the noise.
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