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Old 21-06-2021, 16:23   #1
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What to know about connecting a honda generator to the boat.

We have a Honda 1000 generator and a shore power cable that was adapted by the previous owner. I know that we connect the generator into the shore power outlet but is there anything else I need to know or do?
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use a shorter thick cord and not a thin long extension cord, as it will get hot quickly if you are running any substantial load.
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Re: What to know about connecting a honda generator to the boat.

After you make your connections from the generator to the boat, I usually start the generator in the non eco full throttle mode. Once things settle down, the Honda is running smoothly with the choke off and the battery charger has settled down and it knows what it is doing...then I put the generator in the eco mode (if it has one).
I try not to run high watt appliances until the battery is charged to 80% or so, or the generator may not be able to handle a coffee maker or microwave when it is working hard to charge a battery that is only 50% charge. I also ignore any polarity light that may go on....this is not uncommon.
I have a Honda 2000, and 4 house 1 starter battery group 31 105 amphrs batteries. It is also a wonderful thing to have if by any chance you are in the middle of nowhere and ....lord and behold your batteries are dead and you can not start the engine.

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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, jammer.
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Re: What to know about connecting a honda generator to the boat.

Abe- How long do you run your generator to get the batteries fully charged?
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Be aware that gas engines produce carbon monoxide and on calm days or gentle breeze times it can accumulate inside. When we charged with a gas generator I put the generator in the dink and ran the 12 awg cord to the boat. No fumes and the noise was not as bad for me or my neighbors.
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Re: What to know about connecting a honda generator to the boat.

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Abe- How long do you run your generator to get the batteries fully charged?
That should be monitored with a battery monitor to see the current drop right down and the charger going to float. Lots on the market, cheap one is NASA which works without any frills.

https://www.nasamarine.com/product-c...tery-monitors/

The Honda 20i is good for about 7 hours on a tank full of fuel running in eco mode.

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Abe- How long do you run your generator to get the batteries fully charged?
Before I had solar panels my batteries would be 60% full by the next morning...or down 160 amp/hrs. I would run the Honda 2000 about a couple+ hrs to get it about 85% full. Now, with AGM you can not do that all the time because those batteries need to be fully charged. However, I am a weekend cruiser and I can get away with that.
I am not suggesting you do this, but I actually leave the Honda 2000 running while we go either hiking or kayaking for a few hours. I tie it to the stern/platform area with bungee cords so it does not slip off and hope for the best. Doing this for years. I know there is always a risk that things can go wrong...fires , but I am willing to take that risk.

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Be aware that gas engines produce carbon monoxide and on calm days or gentle breeze times it can accumulate inside. When we charged with a gas generator I put the generator in the dink and ran the 12 awg cord to the boat. No fumes and the noise was not as bad for me or my neighbors.


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I also ignore any polarity light that may go on....this is not uncommon.


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I think theres a cable you can buy that eliminates the polarity issue.
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do you run your lawnmower in your garage for 3 hours with you in it?
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