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05-11-2011 07:39 AM
maccauley123 As I read this my thought was to build a cabinet out of plywood that could hold the generator and be secured to deck. With this approach you could add some sound proofing insulation on the inside to keep the noise down. Would just need I think to design it so the engine gets enough ventilation and does not get too hot. I don't see why it would not work since my diesel is closed up inside the boat in a pretty small space. Could even get fancy and maybe build a small fan into the box that will pull exhaust fumes out and direct them away from the boat. A plywood box glassed together would be pretty simple to make and do pretty far in protecting the generator from the elements. I plan on taking a long cruise on my 29 footer and your idea has spawned some ideas for me about how to stow a small generator.
05-11-2011 06:39 AM
05-10-2011 03:51 PM
soyuz P35 where did you found the specs for the Gen i did look but dident find anything usefull. Like i said before she is gonna go inside the ship just under the sink there is a huge spot we never use gonna have to built a cradle, cant have the thing moving inside the ship... sounds like looking for problems. Jon i went to madelaine island last year and you are right it is a really nice place but i want to explore thats why i am going in the maritime.Lac bras d'or is the place we are talking about since last summer so cant wait to check it out.There is a link from us last summer lots shots wher taken from the madelaine island.
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05-10-2011 10:07 AM
ftldiver THIS:
Building your own generator.
05-10-2011 08:03 AM
Originally Posted by soyuz View Post
.JON i am not taking the st-laurent i am in baie-des-chaleurs so we avoid engine most we can also i would never run the Gen when peps are around, we will cruise in realy quiet zones where you barely see any boat all day never mind sailling one.
thanks for the advice guys.
My apologies, I don’t know how I got that impression from what your wrote… That’s what I get for posting before my second cup of coffee kicks in, I suppose (grin)

Yours is bound to be a very nice cruise… Are you thinking of trying to get out to the Magdalens, by any chance? Although the number of harbors is somewhat limited, it’s a marvelous place, much more interesting than PEI, in my opinion… Even just hanging out in Havre Aubert for a week or so is well worth it, I found those islands to be fascinating…

Don’t miss the Bras d’Or lakes, of course… Maybe just me, but running a portable generator in a place as tranquil as that just seems wrong, even with no one around (grin)
05-10-2011 07:53 AM
P35juniper I just looked that genny up, nice little thing, as to running it on the cabintop, make sure the feet are in good shape and maybe think about making a bit of a cradle/rack/ to keep it from trying to walk about, say a pair of 2X4s with a shallow hole for each foot, then a square of 2X4 on each end cut to match the deck. Would hate to have it vibirate the deck apart if it set up a harmonic.
05-10-2011 07:41 AM
Minnewaska If you strap it on the foredeck, it will be wetted with salt water, which will require that you put it in something waterproof. I would think that salt moisture would find its way past a simply cover and oxidation would be rapid. It might last the two months, but that is pretty expensive to ruin a generator for the trip.

Have you considered selling the genset to fund a small solar array? I would think you would have very limited needs and it wouldn't need to be all that large or sophisticated. You might even get away with a portable setup.
05-09-2011 01:35 PM
EJO Solar panels work when there is sun, which is great for you people on the West Coast and South/SE Coasts, but here in the "Northern" part of the country we don't see much strong sun that often, so use your gennie, strapped to the mast and keep your consumption to a minimum.
05-09-2011 12:56 PM
soyuz My generator is a honda eg 1500c,i am not sure at all how long it would take to recharge both batts cause i never done it before so all is guessing so far.I was worried about the weight on the roof and all that but i found a safe spot where i can put it inside the boat where its safe.I understand advise to go with solar panels may put 1 but i still need the big recharge power.JON i am not taking the st-laurent i am in baie-des-chaleurs so we avoid engine most we can also i would never run the Gen when peps are around, we will cruise in realy quiet zones where you barely see any boat all day never mind sailling one.
thanks for the advice guys.
05-09-2011 11:28 AM
Hudsonian Cruising on a boat of that size is like camping. I almost never take a dock when cruising and wouldn't think of having a generator aboard. When it gets dark look at the stars or go to bed. Trim your power consumption.
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