I've been wanting a genset for awhile. Solar
doesn't do much for me this far north (Finland) and I tend to prefer to anchor
where there isn't alot of wind
, so wind
generators aren't optimal.
But dedicated marine
gensets are rather pricey.
There are more and more inexpensive air-cooled portable diesel
generators on the market. E.g. the following can be had for around 600 euros:
What I'm thinking is to get one of these and install it in one of the lazarettes, with the intension of running it with the lazarette hatches open, and with the exhaust
vented out in similar fashion to a Wallas heater (probably using Wallas parts), with fuel
taken directly from the main tank, and with the shore power
cord plugged in to its AC output. It's electric
start, so should be fairly user-friendly.
It would be a tad bit noisier than a dedicated marine
genset, but tolerable (about 70db).
(And before anyone suggests it, no I won't have either gasoline or propane
on my boat, so the typical small Honda generator
My only concern is heat. Not sure just how much air cooling
is needed for one of these, and whether it would be enough to just have the hatches open or whether a bilge
blower would be needed.