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Re: New Genset from Honda
I've never used one of these things, so take what I say with a grain of salt: Be careful if you're anchoring in a place with currents. You can easily find the wind blowing into your companionway hatch (as I experienced on Bohemia River), carrying the fumes from your scoop-mounted genset with it. And the argument that CO is heavier than air is incorrect - at a given temperature it's about the same weight as nitrogen (and lighter than oxygen), but since it's coming out the exhaust hot it will be lighter than ambient air. If your boat is backwinded due to current alignment, one could envision the hot fumes rising off the water into your cockpit, then as the fumes cool they fall down the companionway into your cabin. A CO detector would be an absolute must.
Rick S., Swarthmore, PA
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