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03-09-2012 07:44 AM
stevensuf
Re: Honda generator(s) in lieu of running auxiliary

connect it to your shore power cable then stick it in the dinghy off the transom
03-09-2012 02:43 AM
Tree
Re: Honda generator(s) in lieu of running auxiliary

I don't want to argue with anyone. My experience is different that most of the comments I've read here. Maybe it's because I have a small boat. My battery bank is only 230 amps. I cruise in an area where shore power availability is rare. I bought a
Honda eu1000i a couple of years ago. Wow! I love it! I use a "smart" charger that steps down through several stages of power starting at 20amps. I don't use a lot of power but after a week cruising, I'm starting to draw down the bank. I can top off my battery bank by running my set up for three to four hours. The last hour or so it's charging at less than one amp. I have a Victron battery monitor that helps me know close to the state of charge. I find it best to do the re-charging mid day when sitting on the hook. Never at night or evening. My rule is, if I can see another boat, I don't run the honda. Well, yeah, if you drop the hook early, you might be by yourself! Even though I'm trying hard not to ofend anyone, I don't find the Honda all that loud. It helps if there is a little breeze. I set the generator on the rear (on my lazaret) of my boat and I put a folded up towel under it to absorb vibrations. It's great. I've been out for as long as 16 days and not have to worry about running out of power. My experience only..... yours may vary.
03-08-2012 09:57 PM
CS Cruiser
Re: Honda generator(s) in lieu of running auxiliary

Love my Eu200kc2
03-08-2012 07:44 PM
wmclibby
Re: Honda generator(s) in lieu of running auxiliary

I borrowed a Honda from another sailor to try out and it was not as I expected or anticipated. The sound level was not bearable to us so put that idea to rest. My high output alt and substantial battery banks appears to be our best solution.
02-27-2012 10:30 PM
capttb Must be, unless there's another disgruntled Canuck with an axe running loose in the islands. I thought the way all the pieces were exactly 12 inches might display some OCD tendencies but we all got our quirks. I hope it wasn't my midnight rendition of Werewolves of London that pushed you over the edge.
Werewolves Of London - YouTube
AH OOOH!!!
02-27-2012 07:52 PM
Capt Len You could be the bastard whose power cord I left on the dock in 12 inch lengths. Granville Island '86?
02-27-2012 04:00 PM
capttb Might as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb.
02-27-2012 03:24 PM
stevensuf talk about being unpopular! ')
02-27-2012 11:59 AM
capttb
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I run it at appropriate times and I am respectful to all others around me. I will even ask others around me if they mind me running it; Usually in the mid morning and off by noon.
Not me, I like to cruise thru quiet anchorages all night running the generator, with the Karaoke machine blaring full volume while taking potshots at otters with a high power rifle using bullets made of spent uranium.
Chew on that for awhile.
02-27-2012 08:30 AM
sailortjk1 How much does it cost to add a proper water cooled inboard marine generator? $5,000.00? $6,000.00 or more?
The Hondas are attractive to a lot of boaters because of the cost savings.
In addition, I purchased mine because it is portable and can be used as a back up power at the house.
(we had a recent storm and lost power for about 3 days.) The Honda was a great choice. Price point, portability and the ability to use it at the house and boat made it very attractive for us.
And I will repeat what others have said, just because we carry a portable generator does not automatically make us jack asses. I run it at appropriate times and I am respectful to all others around me. I will even ask others around me if they mind me running it; Usually in the mid morning and off by noon.
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