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View Poll Results: What is your recommendation for generator etiquette?
Live and let live - create current whenever you need it! 18 11.32%
Generate only well outside the smell and earshot of others. 36 22.64%
Quietly and off by bedtime is OK, even in a shared anchorage. 79 49.69%
Those things are a blight - I go sailing to put that behind me! 26 16.35%
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Old 04-16-2010
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Segregated anchorages in the future? I like quiet nights, early mornings, and sundowner hours. If somebody has to run a genset for a good reason then they should do so. AC isn't a good reason to me. We usually don't bother to complain at night IF the genset is downwind of us. Noise is one thing, fumes are another.

We have a portable Honda but it's usually on only if we need to run a power tool or the sewing machine.

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When it comes to peace and quiet it isn't going to happen with other people around.

There are empty anchorages out there away from people. Sure they are not next door but they are the only ones I feel a person should expect quiet. Then you may find that nature will be too noisy (damn critters).

If there are other boats, other people, there will be noise. Many anchorages will have lots of noise including traffic noise from land, so I say generate at will. Though it would be nice to sleep after dark I will not be asking you to shut it off unless it is really noisy or stinky. Stinky is never good as that can be a health issue.
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Depends on who was there first IMO, I would use similar rules as for anchoring.
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Stayed at Block Island last summer in the only spot we could find to anchor. We were next to a power boat that ran the generator all night -- perhaps to power their underwater lights. A/C was certainly not needed.

It was bad with the noise, but we all managed to sleep anyway.

By the way, they were the only boat out of hundreds that ran a generator (that I could tell). And they were not upwind.

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We do not have a generator on our boat since we have a slip.

We do have an RV with a generator. If we are in a campsite where others already have their generators running, we do similar. But if we are in a quiet area, we enjoy the quiet and the natural ventilation.

To further emphasis our desire for "natural sounds", we have replaced our noisy gas outboard for an electric one.
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First of all I plan on purchasing one of those new super quiet generators, second I hope to get most of my power needs out of wind/solar and only be using a generator to run power tools that make far more noise than the generator itself, most importantly I will not be running it at a time or place I would not like someone running theirs.
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Re: Generator Etiquette

We have a small Honda generator. It's fairly quiet. We use it to charge phones, Kindle, and laptops. It's always off by bedtime, and we try to place it so it doesn't disturb anyone. I'm of the "My space ends where yours begins philosophy".
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