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Old 24-03-2010, 15:07   #1
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Old Subject, New Devices - A/C, Generator, etc

that time of year again. I am looking at portable generators again! The gold standard, both buy performance and price is honda 2000..(I need to run a cruise air 6500 at anchor), it seems now there are new entries on market more affordable. Requirements are ..12 amps startup, 8 amps contionuious, noise being #1 factor, weight #2. I have 2-deep cycle house batts, 27'mono, and very little 12v demand..It seems that a 1500-2000w gen would be plenty. I know there are plenty of you out there in simillar circumstances...ideas?
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Lots of discussion in the archives both here and virtually every other sailing forum regarding portable gensets, the best being the H as you know. I guess you can be a beta-tester of a cheaper one and let us know if your experience differs from those who went down this path before have gone and all lamented the error of their decisions.
The H2000 will easily run your A/C and it does our 16K BTU CruiseAir with a hard start cap mod.
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Look at the honeywell generators.....nearly identical to H

Honeywell Home Generators. Portable & Standby Generators from Honeywell.

I should mention I don't have one, but would love to hear a review of one!!
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this is probably old news to everyone but I recently found a company back east who will take the carb from your Honda 2000i and modify it to run on propane, natural gas and gasoline. Don't remember the name but I'm sure you can google it.
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Look at the honeywell generators.....nearly identical to H

Honeywell Home Generators. Portable & Standby Generators from Honeywell.

I should mention I don't have one, but would love to hear a review of one!!
Those are a fraction of the cost of the Honda but they don't seem to sell them in Canada or a couple of the states. I wonder why?
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there is a 50 state model made, I would assume it has something to do with emmisions and californina/mass. I would tend to beleive that one of the driving reasons for the honda prices is the honda name. But then again waiting for a review..........I am a real cheapskate
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According to the specs I read, a comparison of noise level for each should be telling enough: 69-72 dB (Honeywell) compared with 59dB for the Honda. The measure of noise in dB is a log scale. 3db is doubling. 10 db is x10. So, if the Honeywell is at 72 db and the Honda is 59 db, the Honeywell is 20 times louder (10x to get to 69, and doubling that to get to 72). It is also manufactured in China is that matters to you. Cheap can often be a false economy...
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Those are a fraction of the cost of the Honda but they don't seem to sell them in Canada or a couple of the states. I wonder why?

They have Costco Canada listed
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I missed that thanks.
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It's true, I just read both brochures.
Honeywell Db levels @20'+appliance cord @ 75% load.
Honda Db levels @3M @ rated load
so for a 1000watt generator
honda 59db @ 1kw
honeywell 64db @ .75kw
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does anyone think i can get the h1000 to run my continuious 8amp load from cruiseair?
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does anyone think i can get the h1000 to run my continuious 8amp load from cruiseair?
It may or may not run the AC (likely not); but I certainly wouldn’t expect it to start it.
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I was a boat this weekend and checked the card on a/c... It said "input amps 6". It did not state a higher start-up requirement. I'm wondering if these cruisaire units come with a hard start capicator or simillar? If this is case, a 1000 watt gen. should do.
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