Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Narragansett Bay
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Re: generator a good idea?
Think about it this way, there are a thousand bareboats in the BVIs and none (nearly none) have generators and their crews are usually off the dock for a week at a time.
Unless you absolutely have a need for 110v power, making 12v isn't all that hard. As pointed out, you run the engine at a slightly increased RPM, in neutral, for about 90 mins per day and you should be all set. If you motored for that amount of time, you're already done.
That's assuming your house bank is sized properly to get you through at least the day, if not two or more. If you're willing to spend money on a genset, spend it first to be sure your house bank is big enough.
You're going to love waking up at anchor!!
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