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05-19-2012 08:50 AM
Re: Quiet your Honda 2000

Unfortunatly the offending users are not considerate of others and anchor on top of someone else as has happened to me. They are usually in smaller boats and try to fit into smaller spots. Also they are not quiet. They can be heard from much greater distances than 50'. I suggest you get in your dingy after dark on a quiet night and see how far away it can be heard.
While hanging the genset makes it less annoying for you I'll bet it makes the noise louder for your neighbors.
Not all wind generators make noise. Practical Sailor did an excellent test a while back. It guided me to the choice I have. The only time you even know it's there is in gusty wind.It makes a sound like distant surf.
05-18-2012 05:55 PM
Re: Quiet your Honda 2000


It just hit me that you have turned the philosophy of some completely upside down. They hope to get everyone to suspend the use of generators while you hope to get them to use suspended generators. Nicely done, that!

05-18-2012 10:32 AM
Re: Quiet your Honda 2000

if someone is anchored so close to me they can hear my electricity generate--they are way too close. seeing i am already generating energy, then they came in after me, which means they need to relocate. sorry, folks, realistically speaking, there is no way that, in an anchorage you will hear either my generator or my burps. if youare able to hear such, you are WAY too close. my honda is only able to be heard less than 50 ft frommy boat--i checked personally while it was running.
btw--if your honda is hanging , make sure is hanging without any angle--wont work if tipped.
05-18-2012 10:14 AM
Re: Quiet your Honda 2000

Originally Posted by gershel View Post
I find slapping halyards, and noisey wind generatos, far more offesive than my Honda...
To eliminate slapping, I always wrap my halyards around the lowers a couple times, shackle to the base of my stanchions, and snug up in a clutch. I do this for the sanity of my marina neighbors, not just in an anchorage. Is there any reason not to do this?
05-18-2012 09:45 AM
Re: Quiet your Honda 2000

I find slapping halyards, and noisey wind generatos, far more offesive than my Honda. I try to be considerate of the boats around me, but some people get pissed just at the sight of it, running or not. Most of the time, with a slight breeze in the rigging, you can't hear it from 50' away, but some folks just can't let it go.
05-17-2012 10:47 AM
Tim R.
Re: Quiet your Honda 2000

Originally Posted by mitchbrown View Post
Speaking of noise

I've heard many of those forced air diesel furnace's like the wabasto and espar that make every bit as much noise as my little Honda 1000. And people run those things 24 hours a day.
Just one of the reasons why I didn't install a Webastor or Espar. I installed a hydronic diesel furnace.

And mine only gets run late at night controlled by a thermostat. It is also only used when it is below 45 at night. In Maine that is when most anchorages are empty(Oct, Nov, Dec, Apr, May). I never run it if I think it may bother someone although it is very quiet. I could make it even quieter with a muffler but it runs so cleanly that it is not needed.
05-17-2012 10:20 AM
Re: Quiet your Honda 2000

Speaking of noise

I've heard many of those forced air diesel furnace's like the wabasto and espar that make every bit as much noise as my little Honda 1000. And people run those things 24 hours a day.
05-17-2012 09:49 AM
Re: Quiet your Honda 2000

the only silent creation of energy comes from solar.
generators with engines have noise factors. honda and yamaha are the quietest generators i have ever heard, and cannot be heard at 80 ft, the distance between boats in sd moorings. i placed a palette under mine with a cut up flat fender inside it--works great on the vibratory sounds caused by machine on deck.
the sound of energy being created is a rather soothing sound, even from a generator with an engine.
05-17-2012 09:32 AM
Tim R.
Re: Quiet your Honda 2000

Hmmm, makes it easy to take out with my rifle when the fumes and noise start up

In this day and age I still wonder why folks need a generator. Between solar and wind power, you should not need a genset unless you insist on running the TV and AC. You also have the expense, possible mess and safety issues of carrying gasoline.

Unplug and enjoy a good book or even have a nice conversation.

We live at a dock that has free cable and we have a TV but still often just sit around and chat or work on a crossword or read.

My boat has an engine driven 5kw generator and we rarely use it. I can only think of one time we really needed it and that was for our reverse cycle heat when motoring on a very cold December day before the diesel furnace was installed.
05-17-2012 07:40 AM
Re: Quiet your Honda 2000

Originally Posted by LarryandSusanMacDonald View Post
Jon Eisburg said:

I don't know what you were hearing - the Honda is very quiet when heard from another boat. We had a guy rafted up to us here in Vero Beach mooring field, and when his ran we didn't even notice it. Maybe you heard one that was out of tune or a different brand? It's only the vibration when it is setting on the deck that transfers below which we find objectionable. Hoisting it off the deck solves that.
I have a Honda 1000 as a backup, and you're right, it IS very quiet... However, it is by no means silent (grin)... In a place like the Vero Beach mooring field, the noise of one nearby may not be objectionable or noticeable, as there is a considerable amount of ambient "white noise" about, being moored in close proximity to a bridge with a fair amount of traffic. etc... But on an absolutely still summer's evening in a place like The Basin on the coast of Maine, trust me - one of those generators can be heard from a long way off...

My original comments were more in jest than anything, I certainly don't intend to come across as some sort of generator Nazi... I've long ago accepted that many cruisers apparently require such a supplement to their electrical demands, and the majority out there are obviously trying to be courteous in their use of them... Still, it's disappointing to see their popularity ever increasing in a place like Maine, where the infestation invariably seems to have been brought there on visiting boats "from away"...

Back in January, I and many others had a stay in Ft. Lauderdale's Lake Sylvia spoiled by a Canadian cruiser who ran a generator on his aft deck virtually all day, and well into the night... It wasn't a Honda, but rather a larger 3000 W open style, like something you'd pick up from Harbor Freight... The racket that thing made was unbelievable, it was like being at a construction site. Frankly, I was amazed that none of the shoreside residents called the police. The guys lack of courtesy, or sense of where he was - given the tenuous state of anchoring rights in precisely such a location in Florida today - was appalling... The complaints from a number of others anchored registered not at all, he simply insisted he needed to be running the damn thing, and a bit of a spontaneous celebration erupted when he finally moved on one morning...

The worst smell-of-their-own-farts offenders, however, are those who fire up their engine or generator, then conveniently choose that time to jump in their dinghy to go ashore... Those people should just be shot... (grin)
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