Originally Posted by svfortunate1
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