Ok, I had an idea waking up this morning. It’s a lot like A64’s thoughts on the last page.
It’s a K.I.S.S. idea.
I wrote earlier about the reliability
I’ve experienced with various generators. The most reliable one I’ve ever owned (and I’ve own many), was the little Honda
GC160 powered Northern tool generators. you cannot kill it, runs an RV air conditioner OR a microwave, OR a 100A battery charger
, weighs 80lbs, uses about 2 gallons running an RV air conditioner all day long, is quiet and costs $650.
I am going to install a pair of these. I already have one.
*160lbs total generator weight to run a pair of 15k BTU air conditioners
*EXTREMELY reliable, I haven’t been able to kill one of these
*power scalability, running one generator or two depending on need
*Fallback redundancy (if one breaks, I still have one)
*$650 to outright replace one
*onboard vacuum activated mechanical fuel
pumps to pull fuel up from tanks
The only time I need that much power is to run 2x 15k btu ACs at once. Or maybe the same for electric heat which we already have in the form of those oil
filled 1500 watt heaters.
I have a sound baffle device to reflect generator noise
directly up to the sky so it doesn’t impact other boats. I also have already successfully floated the current
5500kw model so it’s quiet inside the boat. Easy to float these too.
This seems to be the best choice due to reliability
, redundancy, fuel savings, cost, weight and “off the shelf “ replacement ability.
Downside is we have to go outside to start them.
No gasoline heater
, no heavy and expensive generator, KISS for now until we decide we made a mistake need to upgrade something.
Thanks for the ideas on the thread and helping me work