Our boats are probably sister ships in every way. I remove the generator and place it on the swim step while running it (lash it in place with a rubber mat under it to reduce vibration). So far it has worked great. I secure a spare gas tank to the swim grid while underway and move it when running the genny. I agree, a third reef for winds over 30K would be very helpful. Been out in 35K but nothing higher so far, and not planning to be either. As a precaution, I carry a spare set of glow plugs, because they are not a problem according to Volvo .
Maybe we can talk more after Aug. 2 when I return.
Thanks for the prompt reply. Our yachts must be very close out of the mould.Our Bavaria is also a 2 cabin 2004 model. I am still in the process of making it "ours" by making the odd addition here and there.
Do you run the generator in place in the locker, or lift it out to the transom walkthru? I had decided that the port locker was the best storage location as it is completely seperate to the rest of the yacht and I also have a slight list to stbd due to batteries, diesel and rollup inflatable dinghy being stored on stbd. Overall we are very happy with "Sweet As" - she keeps all onboard very dry and comfortable (important in these southern latitudes), sails well, although I have noted that you need to start reefing early as she is somewhat tender in the rough stuff. I am very tempted to fit a third reef in the main.
All the best with the cruise from Friday.
Welcome to the group of Bavaria owners!
My engine now seems to be working well, but we leave on a 350 plus km cruise this Friday so we shall see.
Honda generator. I love it, and use it to run our Zantrec 40 amp shore charger (120 V). I can heat my hot water at the same time I am charging at peak capacity. I am looking into upgrading to a larger shore charger, something in the 90 amp range as my friend uses a Honda 2000i to power his 100 amp charger. I store the generator in the port lazerette as it is "sealed off" from the rest of the boat. If you close off the gas tank air vent, the generator is basically air tight. I check regularly for any smell of gas in the locker and have never found any.
Another place I have seen the generator stored, is under the removeable seat at the stern walkway, but this means you lose the easy walkthrough. I bought our boat new and took delivery in Nov. 2004. It is the 2 cabin version.
We have recently purchased a 2004 Bavaria 36 and sailed her south from Sydney to Tasmania in Australia. I noted your frustration with the MD2030 - I also had issues, including having to replace 3 glow plugs this year alone.
You may have noted the thread I (Sweet As) started recently seeking advice on a Honda 2000i vs solar panels. The volume of responses that it generated has been overwhelming and appreciated. However, part of the reason for the many and varied responses is no doubt due to the many and varied type of boat, location, power needs etc etc. I did note on another related thread that you mentioned you had a Honda generator. As we can remove the type of boat as a variable....I would be very interested to learn of your experience with the Honda.
Do you have the two or three cabin version? Where do you store the generator?