I own and use a Honda
2000i (cost about $1,000) as does a friend of mine. I have a 40 amp shore power charger
that I drive with my Honda to top up the batteries. The Honda makes the charger
run at full capacity if the battery
bank is down enough to warrant this level of charge. I can heat my water
tank at the same time. My friend has a larger boat, larger shore charger (100 amp) and a larger battery
bank. His Honda 2000i will allow his charger to put out about 90 amps per hour, but no more, and will not heat water
at the same time. He can get away with about one hour or so of run time for every day on the hook and keep the batteries fairly charged.
As has been stated, store gasoline safely, outdoors away from ignition sources. Ensure that the gas tank vent is properly closed and the generator
itself is safely stored. Install a CO detector inside the cabin
, close up the hatches near the generator
when running, and vent the boat after using. I would not run the generator when we are planning to go to sleep. If common sense precautions are followed, this is relatively safe. After all, a large number of boaters have gasoline engines and propane
stoves, both of which are relatively safe if safety
precautions are followed.
Good luck with your plans,