Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: NE & Windwards
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Re: eight kilowatts
On the current boat first had 4 kw lombardini. It was a total piece of junk. When I replaced it an new 8 kw Northern Lights was available at a extremely good price so installed that.
I never maxed out the output of the 4 kw unit. The current genset goes on rarely (has 17hours since Oct of 2018). When it goes on I charge batteries, vacuum, turn on the AC, watermaker, charge all electronics and tools etc. but obviously still donít max out the 8kw unit.
I knew I wanted a low rpm unit. Smallest I could find was a 6kw and it was considerably more expensive than the 8kw.
Did I make a mistake in buying the 8kw? How important is it that a genset be run under full load occasionally?