One of the biggest problems with carrying a small generator
is the danger
of gasoline fumes getting into your bilge
. So you shouldn't really keep them in cockpit lockers or lazarettes which communicate with your bilge
-- if they get knocked over and leak fuel
you could have a real serious fire hazard.
That being said, I do keep my little Honda in the cabin
sometimes. It has a really positive fuel cap vent shutoff and seems to be pretty leakproof. I keep it in the cabin
and not the lazarette exactly so that it is in sight, so we'll see if it falls over. Otherwise, I keep it in the anchor locker
or behind my transom platform, but those are bad places (damp, salty air) to keep machinery. So it's a bit of a devil's choice between dangerour or harmful to the equipment
, even on a big boat like mine.