Originally Posted by mainesail
Wow, that's alot of running-your neighbors will love you-NOT.
I suggest you read the Dashews works. Not sure if they are still sailing, but they are extremely experienced sailors and cruisers and meticulously refine their systems and procedures for efficiency and reliability
. They developed their systems to maximum efficiency, high efficiency alternator
, using cooling water
for heat, highly insulated icebox
to really holds the cold, big battery
bank capacity etc.-all to minimize the time needed to take care of system demands, while living in comfort anywhere in the world.
I must also mention the damage that many folks do to their engines while running them at low loads for long hours.
Not sure why you feel the need for a genset, but if you do the above, maybe you can toss it, but PLEASE PLEASE do not think it is a good idea to run any engine
at anchorage for hours.
I agree. We don't want to have to listen to engines drone on for hours when we are in a peaceful location- especially during generally accepted 'quiet hours...'
However, at least in the case of generators, they don't have to be noisy. My boat came with a 10KW Panda installed [boat is from the tropics and has 3 air conditioners...] with a water separating exhaust
set-up. You cannot tell it is running if you are on deck
unless you lean over the side and cock your head
where the exhaust
is expelled underwater- and listen for the bubbles. I kid you not.
When we approach the boat by kayak
, we cannot hear the bubble blower until we are within a few feet of the exhaust location. We have had more than one visiting dinghy
come alongside right at the exhaust port when the generator is running, and then realize they should move if they don't want to smell the diesel
Prior to this boat I have never personally experienced such a quiet, neighborhood friendly generator. [Or perhaps I have but didn't know it since it was so quiet...?]
Anyway, I just wanted to let everyone know that these beasts can be silenced...
Now if I could further squelch the slight hum below decks...