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Secondbesttoy
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Posted: July 30 2008 at 09:31 | IP Logged Quote Secondbesttoy

We use our 1999 270DA as a weekender and overnight often.  In the past we have survived on battery power but now I am thinking of adding a generator, new or used.  have anyone made this addition and have suggestions or ideas?

 

 

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Jeff Evans
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Posted: July 30 2008 at 10:11 | IP Logged Quote Jeff Evans

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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djenkins
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Posted: July 30 2008 at 10:27 | IP Logged Quote djenkins

I agree with Jeff. We have a 330 Sundancer and are trying to go as "green" as possible. We've replaced all our bulbs with LEDs. Switched a lot of our 120v eq. with 12v eq. And where the generator use to sit, we are going to be placing a bank of batteries.  Once completed, we'll be able to run the boat on house batteries for 2 days. That does not include running the AC, microwave, or stove and may mean using an icebox on long stays.

Unless you require your AC, microwave, or stove, I would look into a robust house battery system and inverter. Of course you can always use those power hungry items while dockside.

Duane Jenkins
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Secondbesttoy
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Posted: August 05 2008 at 09:36 | IP Logged Quote Secondbesttoy

We have lived using just house batteries since buying the boat in early 1999, and have only had AC when at a marina or dock with power, but due to a physical condition my wife will need AC when the temp gets high so either we do not use the boat of get a generator.  Can you run the AC off the  Inverter?

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djenkins
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Posted: August 05 2008 at 10:08 | IP Logged Quote djenkins

If running the AC is important (and it sounds like it is) then I would go with a generator. Running the AC on an inverter is not practical with today's technology.  Even with a  robust house battery system, you would only get a few minutes to an hour of AC before the batteries were dead.

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burojo
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Posted: September 01 2008 at 10:41 | IP Logged Quote burojo

After reading thru this, it would seem there might be a place to purchase a marine generator with water cooling to mount in that 270DA. 

We just purchased a 260DA, but didn't purchase the genset.  Big mistake.  I know many folks who will strap a Honda 2000i generator to the swim platform or to the bow, but if I could find a 2Kw or 3Kw water-cooled genset for my 260DA for a reasonable price I might just purchase that.

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Secondbesttoy
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Posted: September 02 2008 at 12:02 | IP Logged Quote Secondbesttoy

If you find either Gas or Diesel at a great price let me know.  The 3KW Westerbeke is the best I can find but it is still over $5,000 without instalation.

 

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