All the small "suitcase" generators are now Made in China.. But Made in China does not mean crap. Honda and Yamaha both work
with quality Chinese companies and control the spec and QC proceedures closely..
In fact (as a shock to many), Yamaha has not manufactured an engine
(for ANYTHING) since the late 90s. Although they provide designs and specs, all Yamaha engines have been made by Linhai corporation for years (including ATV engines).
They are a few quality chinese brands out there, but finding them can be difficult. I own a company that distributes a Chinese brand of generator that is quality. However, its designed for RV use and I would NEVER have it on my boat
. Its simply not made to a spec that could survive LONG TERM use in the tropics. The screws, fasteners and wiring
is just not made for that enironment, and the price
reflects that. Although they are not designed for high humidity use, they easily last 5000 hours for our customers (over 10,000 is our record). The right product for the environment!
For me, I wouldn't have another suitcase brand on my boat
but a Honda!