Youíll need to install a soft start for it to work
and the AC will be the only thing you can operate or rather one thing at a time.
Hereís some real world (not armchair) advice
. Youíll find you donít need air con once youíre out here. When youíre in a marina youíll need it but hey thereís shore power
for that purpose.
I have a 2200w generator
made by ryobi that I use far less than I thought I would. It never worked for my air con and I never bothered to address that once I actually started cruising. Itís only used as back up battery charging
for cloudy weeks.
The people implying youíll ruin their experience if you run a generator
near them obviously arenít out here full time. Almost everyone out here has one and most run them mid day to top off the house bank. So youíll be surrounded by plenty of people running gen sets I assure you.
Speaking of noise
pollution. I would find it impossible to sleep on my boat
with my generator running. Main reason is the remote
possibility of not waking up and the other is the noise
. These units are quite when used on solid ground but resonate the boat hull
making them really noisy inside the boat. Hereís another trick thatís sure to get people yelling about safety
I run mine in the cockpit
(no one is napping!) to reduce the audible perimeter and the noise inside the boat. I have hopped in the dinghy
and determined in a typical mooring
field itís impossible to hear my unit running on a neighbors boat.
Save your money
and buy the Honda
or at least cruise
before you decide what to spend the money
on. For example a decent sized solar
array and MPPT
controller can be had for the cost of a small generator (which you should still buy) and itís far more effective.
Oh and you need to bond the neutral and ground by taking an Edison plug
and jumping the neutral and ground together. Then plug
this into the unused outlet. Youíll also need to ground the Generator (most donít) to the DC grounding buss on the boat. This is super easy to do and most generators have a wing nut for this purpose. Store the fuel
properly and I run mine dry so the tank is empty when I return it to the locker.
Check your zincs regularly once you start using one of these units and really I recommend you pay a pro for an electrical
audit of the boat. Surveys are not the same as an audit and rarely does a survey
reveal issues youíll experience in the first year of ownership
. Crevice corrosion
is a real threat and dependent on the part attacked it can end a trip or blow a budget
. You can find a list of certified techs in your area via the ABYC website.
Last one, Iím ABYC certified but that doesnít mean you shouldnít double check any advice
you get from me or others especially since every boat has a unique set of circumstances and itís impossible to give any advice via the web that doesnít involve starting with a bare boat.