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Old 22-04-2011, 08:49   #16
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DONT BUY IT!!! Have them order the Companion model for 100.00 more.
The companion model has a true 15 amp outlet and will power up many larger load appliances that the regular EU2000 model won't. We learned the hard way.
Say what? Really? I thought the companion was identical to the standard but with the sync cable included. Can you elaborate on this?
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Don't you use gasoline anyway for your dink? I think most people are already storing gasoline on board. We keep a 5 gallon jerry can full of gasoline inside our folded up transom platform anyway for refueling the dinghy, and two would fit there without too much trouble. We have a fixed diesel generator, but storing gasoline for a portable genset would not be a problem.
We just posted our approach for storing fuel for our Honda 2000
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Old 22-04-2011, 09:17   #18
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Say what? Really? I thought the companion was identical to the standard but with the sync cable included. Can you elaborate on this?
Checked the specifications on the Honda web site and contacted the local Honda dealer. According to both sources the EU2000 and the EU2000 companion are identical in capacity; exact same engine, exact same generator/inverter. They claim the only difference is the companion has a 120V 30 A locking plug and breaker to use when connected to the EU2000 in companion mode.

I guess you might be able get a higher surge using the companion model standalone since it does have the 30 A breaker where the standard will kick the breaker at about half that. Think this would be overloading the generator and risking blowing something in the inverter stage.
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I row. Being singlehanded, decided not have a powered dink. My inflatable rows pretty well and I have a little steep creek kayak if it's too far to row the dink. Trying to keep it as simple as possible: No gas, no storing/lifting an engine and worrying about it being stolen, no registration to worry about. Would rather get some exercise. The kayak is rugged and really handy will get in anywhere, through surf, shallows, etc. When I do have company it surely would be convenient to have a powered ducky but decided the times it would actually be necessary were not worth all the hassle.
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I row. Being singlehanded, decided not have a powered dink. My inflatable rows pretty well and I have a little steep creek kayak if it's too far to row the dink. Trying to keep it as simple as possible: No gas, no storing/lifting an engine and worrying about it being stolen, no registration to worry about. Would rather get some exercise. The kayak is rugged and really handy will get in anywhere, through surf, shallows, etc. When I do have company it surely would be convenient to have a powered ducky but decided the times it would actually be necessary were not worth all the hassle.
So then I agree... YOU don't need a noisy Honda... Get one of these Mil-Surplus and "get some exercise"
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I row. Being singlehanded, decided not have a powered dink. My inflatable rows pretty well and I have a little steep creek kayak if it's too far to row the dink. Trying to keep it as simple as possible: No gas, no storing/lifting an engine and worrying about it being stolen, no registration to worry about. Would rather get some exercise. The kayak is rugged and really handy will get in anywhere, through surf, shallows, etc. When I do have company it surely would be convenient to have a powered ducky but decided the times it would actually be necessary were not worth all the hassle.
Keeping with that philosophy, which I admire by the way, then you really wouldn't want the complication and hassle of a genset, either. No genset -- nothing to be stolen, nothing to lift, nothing to store whatever kind of fuel for, no problem.
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Geo. What is that, a generator?
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This is a bit of a diversion from original noise topic but, if some company would make a small, portable 1000w diesel generator that could be stowed away somewhere, it would be worth that kind of money. Gasoline storage presents a real hazard on a sailboat. Would rather run my engine occasionally to charge batteries than deal with gasoline.
Making it quiet and lightweight (<50 lbs) would be quite an engineering challenge.
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Googled up a couple of small, air cooled, diesel motors made in China. Mounting one of these somewhere with a belt-driven alternator is an interesting idea but they are probably noisy as hell.
Amazon.com: 6 Hp Diesel Electric Start Engine: Home Improvement
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We have had our little Honda eu2000i for a couple a years. Like most things Honda, it is very reliable. It starts on the first pull, runs quietly and has enough power to run our carry on CruiseAir a/c. It is quite a luxury for a humid evening on the hook.

The integral fuel tank capacity is not large. I would fill it at bedtime then again when I woke up to...uh...admire the stars. That was sometimes messy and required a headlight. More often, I would just let it run out. By morning, it was still cool enough.

I have bought an external tank set up for longer use, but have not tried it yet. We'll see if that's worth it...

I would strongly advise against putting it inside the boat. Although a hot and humid night is miserable, I have a strong aversion to waking up dead the next morning. Carbon monoxide (CO) is odorless and deadly. Despite keeping it outside, one night the carbon monoxide alarm woke us (me, wife and 4 year old) up. My wife awoke with a significangt headache (also a symptom of CO poisoning). I suspect that even though the generator was outside, the light breeze may have created eddies that allowed some of the exhaust to make its way inside. That incident scared the crap out of us. Thank God we had a CO detector with a good battery in it!

No matter what you do, don't die for lack of a $20 CO detector and a good battery...

We keep ours near the walk through transom where it gets enough air to stay cool, but is hopefully even less bothersome to our neighbors. We do secure it so it doesn't slowly vibrate its way overboard.

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There are small diesel gen-sets for sale but they are loud, heavy and costly compared to gasoline powered ones.
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I had to exact same concerns when I ran that exact same generator in my cockpit. I then realized when I went for a dingy ride I couldn't even hear it at the bow of the boat while at water level.

The only time my neighbours ever heard it was when I ran it at night with the hot water tank on, even then they said it didn't bother them at all.
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Many people that run their boats with high powered sound systems use the eu10001 and 2000i to keep their batteries juiced while they play at Sandbars.
Very popular way to roll.

I've lost the links, but there are places that make boat kits for them, even a spiffy underwater exhaust system that's easy to install.

Ya might wanna try the performance boats forums in the audio sections.
Those folks are full of ideas and links.

Some Honda dealers are running a $779 special on the eu1000 right now.

We have the eu3000 and the eu2000 and they are excellent.
Ya get what you pay for with generators.
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Lower the load?

When we first got our generator the Admiral asked that the 1600W electric grill be used. Beautiful quiet day. Few boats in a little bay enjoying the sunset.

Man, that generator can be loud. I thought we were going to be asked to leave... Cooked the steak and turned the generator off.

Next week we brought a gas Magma.

So if you're running more than 500W or so the easy solution may be to reduce the load.
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