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Iím considering a propane converted Honda both for convenience and to avoid the fuel fouling issues. The 1000i would fit more easily into my aft locker when not in use. The 2000 (or 2200) would only fit in the larger port locker where I store fenders. So, the 1000 would be much more convenient for my purposes if the output were adequate.

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Yamaha has a fuel shut off valve, which is great for shutting off and running the carburetor dry to prevent fuel going bad and clogging the carburetor next time you need it.
My Honda 2200i Companion has a fuel shut off valve. It is part of the On/Off switch. See page 28 of the manual http://cdn.powerequipment.honda.com/...X31Z446010.pdf . Of course for long term storage you will also want to drain the fuel tank and fuel pump. Longer term storage instructions start on page 59.

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I've been wondering how people with solar panels use generators in their daily cruising life. What is it's main use? Thanks
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I converted to Electric Propulsion ten years ago and bought the Honda to use in case the winds totally failed and had to electro-sail. I also use it to charge the battery bank at anchor. In ten years I've only used it once for a long electro-sailing, That was a 40 mile motor from Nyack New York to Port Washington Long Island. Mostly it's used to top off the battery banks once I reach a destination after a day of cruising. Solar panels and a wind turbine keep things topped up after that while at anchor until I head off again.

I also fire it up when weighing anchor so the windlass load does not entirely come off the batteries. But, that's only for a few minutes.

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I converted to Electric Propulsion ten years ago and bought the Honda to use in case the winds totally failed and had to electro-sail. I also use it to charge the battery bank at anchor. In ten years I've only used it once for a long electro-sailing, That was a 40 mile motor from Nyack New York to Port Washington Long Island. Mostly it's used to top off the battery banks once I reach a destination after a day of cruising. Solar panels and a wind turbine keep things topped up after that while at anchor until I head off again.

I also fire it up when weighing anchor so the windlass load does not entirely come off the batteries. But, that's only for a few minutes.
Thanks for that info. Helps me picture how the generator fits into the scheme of things.
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Hot waiter, air conditioning and battery charging. If battery charging:

If you have solar:
In morning to do bulk charging

If not you run it when you feel like it

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Hot waiter, air conditioning and battery charging. If battery charging:

If you have solar:
In morning to do bulk charging

If not you run it when you feel like it
What appliances do you power and what kind of power plant setup do you have?

Thanks for the reply.

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What appliances do you power and what kind of power plant setup do you have?

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I have "standard" boat appliances so don't really understand what you are looking for

I have a small installed diesel generator and 640W of solar.

I run the generator if there hasn't been enough sun to charge the batteries, if I want to run the air conditioning, or if I want to make hot water. If I just want to run the microwave, toaster, or vacuum I just turn on the inverter.

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I have "standard" boat appliances so don't really understand what you are looking for

I have a small installed diesel generator and 640W of solar.

I run the generator if there hasn't been enough sun to charge the batteries, if I want to run the air conditioning, or if I want to make hot water. If I just want to run the microwave, toaster, or vacuum I just turn on the inverter.
I only have 2 deep cycle batteries on the dory and don't have any appliance to run except lights, bilge pump, vhf, and start the engine. I was looking to roll with a honda gen as a power source until I figure out what route I'll take.
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Wife believes a daily hot shower mandatory, 6 gallon water heater x 3 days at anchor= generator.

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