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Old 21-10-2009, 21:35   #1
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Whispergen - Considering Purchase

WHISPERGEN ....12V ..COULD SOMEONE WITH FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE PLEASE GIVE ME SOME FEED BACK ON THE ONE THEY HAVE ...I live aboard on a mooring in the Victoria B.C. colder climate ......cheers J.R.B.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, J.R.B.

You might be interested in an earlier discussion at
What about those Whispergens ??

or Dan Crete’s Whispergen article in Professional Boatbuilder magazine
Professional BoatBuilder - October/November 2008

For beginning of article, scroll back to PBB page 136.
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WHISPERGEN ....12V ..COULD SOMEONE WITH FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE PLEASE GIVE ME SOME FEED BACK ON THE ONE THEY HAVE ...I live aboard on a mooring in the Victoria B.C. colder climate ......cheers J.R.B.
We know one boat first hand that has one ( a kelly archer build). They have been a bit disappointed in it. Very expensive, not particularly small or light and not very much power. Some reliability issues but I suspect that has more to do with installing them in a boat than the unit itself (they have really been designed for residential use and the marine market is just a target of opportunity).

I looked at them and my conclusion was they make sense in a limited situation: if (a) you need the heat on full time every day (eg you are in a really cold place and want the boat warm all the time and have the fuel to run it all the time) and (b) you have a very simple boat with not too much electrical demand, and (c) you have a big enough boat with spare space (and budget) to fit the unit. Otherwise you are probably better off with a stand alone heater and a honda. By the way, we saw a dutch boat in Chile that adapted a honda so they could use the heat coming off the cooling fan to heat the boat - a very small, neat and inexpensive and reliable solution compared to the whisper gen but of course you have more noise and the gasoline safety issue.
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