Originally Posted by Cotemar
A boat with diesel engines is charging their batteries and getting hot water as a free byproduct.
With an outboard engine you miss out on both of these freebies.
You must endure doing these two chores at a later time in a nice quiet harbor when everyone else is enjoying dinner and a nice cold glass of wine your firing up that
Flippin Loud quiet Honda 2000 and firing up the gas fired hot water heater.
It takes the suckyness factor up a notch when everyone is enjoying themselves and you’re eating dinner with no ice and listing to your favorite Honda 2000 vibrations.
Amazing! Your post is garbage on so many levels it's hard to know where to start!
Do you ever read anyone else's posts? Do you ever post anything other than absolute drivel?
For a start, electricity from a diesel ISN'T FREE. You have to pay for the fuel
used to generate it.
We "MUST" endure these "chores" later? What, we can't run the genset (if needed) earlier in the day, or whilst travelling? Oh yeah and switching on the silent gas water heater is SUCH a chore...
Also, outboards DO charge batteries. It's less but it's not a "Freebie" we "miss out on".
Where did the "no ice" crap come from? Does your diesel have an icemaker built in? We have a fridge and freezer
. If we want ice, we have it. We run them purely from the solar panels
at least 80% and probably more than 90% of the time. The last time I ran our Honda genset (weeks ago now) was simply to give it a run, it had been sitting unused in the locker for so long.
If you want a hot shower
every day, you have to run you diesel for 1/2 an hour. We've been in anchorages
for weeks, haven't run our engines at all, haven't run the genset either, but have had hot showers every day, ice in our drinks, and as much fresh water as we need. Running a diesel just to make hot water is terribly inefficient, and not good for the engine.
I get the impression from your posts that you really never actually SAIL anywhere. No "free" electricity or hot water from motors when you're sailing. If you motor
everywhere diesels are certainly the best option.
However, because we SAIL, we may not get free hot water, but we do get free transport.....