|Posted: July 30 2008 at 10:11 | IP Logged
I have a 6.5 kw Westerbeke generator on my boat. It works great but I prefer no noise or exhuast when at an anchorage.
A few years back I installed a 2 kw Xantrex (Heart Interface) inverter and improved house battery bank.
The Xantrex is: quite, inexpensive (compared to a generator), convenient, no exhaust fumes, generates less heat and is easy to use. As well, it takes up less space.
You need an appropriate sized battery bank. I have qty. 4 6VDC batteries as my house source and would prefer qty. 6. Also you may want a high output alternator on your engine to charge the bank.
If you go this way, only deal with specialists when specifying the equipment you buy. Don't go cheap. As I am in Canada I worked with Ontario Battery (www.ontariobattery.com).
My current boat is 36'. If I bought another boat (larger or smaller), I would put my money into a proper inverter system rather than a generator.
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