OK, the Admiral has decided to put a genset on board. I will admit that except for the cost I'm not totally adverse to the idea.
First, we don't need a large one. For one thing the hatch
to where we would keep it is only 15x15 inches. There's plenty of room once past that bottleneck. Second we are looking at the 3.5/4 Kw gensets which should handle our needs.
Yesterday we were at the St Pete boatshow and spoke with several reps.
We looked at Fischer-Panda, NexGen, and Mastervolt. They all seemed to be fine machines.
We want a genset that is quiet enough to run in an anchorage without disturbing our neighbors or ourselves. (I don't want to have to crank the TV volume on a movie
to max just to hear it over a genset and I would prefer that our neighbors not even know it was running)
All three claim to be "whisper" quiet but I heard that before from AirMarine X on their windgen.
All three will require some disassembly to get through the hatch
which will increase the installation
cost. There was a Mase genset in that spot when I got the boat but it went belly up and took 3 days to get out!
FINALLY, we get to my request. At this point I've more or less dropped the idea of the F-P simply based upon cost. At 12K before installation
I just can't afford it. The two left are NexGen at about $6k and Mastervolt at about $9k. Ordinarily I'd go with the $6k and be done but I'm going to be living with this beast for quite a while. If needs must I'll go to the higher price
. In any event I'm looking I figure at about another $2K for installation.
Can anyone provide any input?
searched this topic and the only real thread I found seemed to be a pissing match between Fischer-Panda friends and foes.