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04-02-2010 12:34 PM
zeehag
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Originally Posted by motion300 View Post
I have to disagree with you The honda is not to bad but still can be heard at a distance Most inboard gensets can not I find the honda ok in the day time but not at night
is a shame you feel this way--take your little rowboat out and explore--you will find that your inboard genset will keep folks awake at night whereas the honda is not able to be heard 50 ft from the boat it is on. i have resided aboard since 1990--i have seen and heard alll kinds of generators, an i have owned noisey and quiet ones--noisey ones for dire emergencies--high output--and honda is the only one i have not been able to hear nor had complaints about in the entire time. i have also owned the kind of boats with inboard onan 6.5 gensets--lol they are very loud to other boats. the newer hunters with gensets keep me awake at night with their noise as the folks on board cannot live without air conditioning at all times of day and night..lol--row around your anchorage and listen very closely as i did--lol you will see which truly is the noise producer and which can be tolerated easily. is matter of being truly sensitive to others and realizing your own input to the noise around....lol......i usually use solar power--but occasionally it needs a goose--like during storms and during times of overcast skies--goood luck and happy noise making. i will continue to use my honda 2k eu without any remorse as i know exactly how it sounds from other boats--i have listened hard and well......and i have been kept awake at night by the in board gensets of other boats --trawlers as well as sailboats.and the obnoxious noises of dogs barking at all times of nite and day..lol....have fun and smoooth sailing
04-01-2010 09:48 PM
Capttman Had a honda for 20 years they are quite and reliable last around ten years even if abused they usually fit nicely right in front of the mast. Never had a carbon monoxide problem but now that they have good carbon monoxide detectors I have two on my 47 foot sloop just in case.
04-01-2010 07:05 PM
Architeuthis Noise can be difficult to judge. Our Espar heater seemed loud, we could hear it in the boat, when installed but even 5 knots of wind would cover the sound. We had it running for days before it was calm enough that others figured out we had a heater. Best to not run anything at nite if it is calm and the anchorage is so remote there are no land or ocean sounds. Then sound really travels.

I end up not sleeping because all the critters can be heard. Nothing gets me up like hearing a large mammal breathing by my boat. Can't help it, too much camping where anything that large in camp is trouble.
04-01-2010 06:10 PM
sailjunkie
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I'm personally not a fan of using a generator on a sailboat. They are noisy, heavy, and they require lots of fuel, if you're to use them for any significant period of time.
I have to go along with SD on this. In fact, I was going to make a "snippy" comment about generators and sailboats. However, I can understand why someone who is based in Florida would ask.

You mentioned that you have AC that runs on shore power. What make?

Also, have you considered an ESPAR or other forced air system? I'm using caution on this because we are just getting set for our first summer in the PNW with a Propex forced air system.

Before folks warn me about the potential pitfalls of a propane-based system, I will tell you that I am treading warily with it. It was installed by a previous owner, and this summer will give me a better idea of its limitations. I will probably want to re-visit this topic in the fall.

Because there are a limited number of mtce centres, replacing it when it packs it in is an option. Any Espar owners want to share their experiences?
04-01-2010 05:05 PM
motion300
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Originally Posted by zeehag View Post
my honda 2k is less noise producing than is the inboard constantly running noise maker that trawlers who love to park sooo very close to sailboats use day and night....my honda cannot be heard more than 50 ft away from my boat--checked it out--so--i defy ye to hear it far enough away from a boat at anchor to be a problem--if it is--relocate lol....shouldnt have anchored so close to me in the first place ........ other than the war that comes from these remarks, there is nothing wrong with using a quiet genny in an anchorage--there is always somewhere else to go ---- shouldnt be anchoring so close to another boat as to be able to hear their genset or smell their morning coffee----
I have to disagree with you The honda is not to bad but still can be heard at a distance Most inboard gensets can not I find the honda ok in the day time but not at night
04-01-2010 04:27 PM
zeehag
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Originally Posted by paulthober View Post
I'd like to add my opinion that running a generator on deck in an achorage will bring you scorn and contempt from most of your fellow cruisers. If your noise is annoying me you will get a visit from me and I will politely ask you to cease and desist. I love to anchor out because of the silence and serenity. If you feel you have to have A/C, please stay in a marina or stay at home.

Paul
my honda 2k is less noise producing than is the inboard constantly running noise maker that trawlers who love to park sooo very close to sailboats use day and night....my honda cannot be heard more than 50 ft away from my boat--checked it out--so--i defy ye to hear it far enough away from a boat at anchor to be a problem--if it is--relocate lol....shouldnt have anchored so close to me in the first place ........ other than the war that comes from these remarks, there is nothing wrong with using a quiet genny in an anchorage--there is always somewhere else to go ---- shouldnt be anchoring so close to another boat as to be able to hear their genset or smell their morning coffee----
03-31-2010 10:27 PM
Architeuthis
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Originally Posted by paulthober View Post
I'd like to add my opinion that running a generator on deck in an achorage will bring you scorn and contempt from most of your fellow cruisers. If your noise is annoying me you will get a visit from me and I will politely ask you to cease and desist. I love to anchor out because of the silence and serenity. If you feel you have to have A/C, please stay in a marina or stay at home.

Paul
If you feel you must have such silence and serenity I would suggest staying out of most anchorages. Many are near populated areas with noise from houses, traffic, even sea and air traffic (anchored off the end of a couple military runways in FL).

At night I would not like the added noise from boats, be it talking, water running, or generators but if I had a real problem with it I would leave, particularly if they were there first.
03-31-2010 12:12 PM
motion300 I saw a boat in marathon that had a honda hanging about 12' off the deck
03-31-2010 12:06 PM
zeehag my honda 2000eu is awesome--6 yrs of abuse in marine environment still working smoothly and quietly---btw--mine never got 17 hours on one gal of gas--they run 8-10 hours on 1.5 gal..lol....i use mine in my cockpit--formosa 41 has huge places to use--lol----for a/c might want 2 of them!! i donot use a/c ever---i get really good airflow without need for artificial environments...but that is just my preference......
03-31-2010 12:01 PM
wind4me I've never used a generator on boat...internal or external. I'm about to charter a 42 footer with a generator. We don't run the AC at night and historically we've had to run the engines for a couple hours per day or just to get to our destination without having to tack all over the place. I assume that charges the batteries. What's the purpose of the generator and how/when would I use it?
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