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Title: Honda 2000 generator
Post by: jmcdonald on May 20, 2021, 01:47:17 PM
I know there has been a lot of talk about how to store a Honda 2000 generator on our boats, and I
donít know if this has been pointed out before. Forgive me if itís old news.
There is another mk1 in my marina, and the owner (Bob Sachs, a member here) was showing me
how he stored it in his cockpit lazarette. If you tip the top of the generator toward the hull, put the
generator into the back of the lazarette, then return it to itís upright position, it will fit Perfectly.
The back of the lazarette is taller under the coaming, takes a little steady muscle to back it back out.
Anyway, I never knew there was a way to fit it in there. Hope this help others.
Title: Re: Honda 2000 generator
Post by: Ron Hill on May 20, 2021, 02:07:02 PM
jmc : That's essentially how I store my Honda 1000 (because I have dock lines stored in the underside of the hatch lid). 

If you can do the same thing with the 2000, then "Go For It !! "

A thought
Title: Re: Honda 2000 generator
Post by: jmcdonald on May 20, 2021, 06:09:10 PM
Here is a picture of the generator in the lazarette.
Title: Re: Honda 2000 generator
Post by: Noah on May 20, 2021, 06:19:15 PM
I assume you are talking about the Portside seat locker on the Mk1 (not the helm seat/lazarette). I would feel comfortable storing a generator full of gas in that location.
Title: Re: Honda 2000 generator
Post by: WTunnessen on May 20, 2021, 06:52:51 PM
I converted mine to run on propane, so I store it down below when I bring it on board. Put my fiberglass tank in the anchor locker.  Also have a Lehr outboard, so Iíve eliminated gasoline completely.
Title: Re: Honda 2000 generator
Post by: jmcdonald on May 20, 2021, 07:01:54 PM
Yes Noah, he uses the port locker.
I would think you would want to have some additional venting if it was
stored with gas in it. I had never seen a 2000 in a port locker before and
thought it was interesting.
Title: Re: Honda 2000 generator
Post by: Noah on May 20, 2021, 07:10:10 PM
Very hard to seal/isolate/vent that locker. Maybe Iím too conservative, but I would definately not store it there with fuel in it.
Title: Re: Honda 2000 generator
Post by: girmann on May 21, 2021, 03:39:31 AM
Yes Noah, he uses the port locker.
I would think you would want to have some additional venting if it was
stored with gas in it. I had never seen a 2000 in a port locker before and
thought it was interesting.

When looking for a MkII over the last few years, I saw this done in probably a quarter of the boats we looked at. Iím not sure that itís the best idea, but it looks fairly common.
Title: Re: Honda 2000 generator
Post by: gwp on May 22, 2021, 06:41:58 AM
Interesting! Never knew that. Has anyone set up a thru Hull for exhaust for running it in there?
Title: Re: Honda 2000 generator
Post by: Jim Hardesty on May 22, 2021, 08:29:36 AM
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When looking for a MkII over the last few years, I saw this done in probably a quarter of the boats we looked at. Iím not sure that itís the best idea, but it looks fairly common.

I store my Honda 2000 in the port locker,  never store it with a full tank.  Run it on the cockpit floor or behind wheel, store gas in the anchor locker.   Seems to be the best option for me. I've never had a sniff of gas the locker or cabin. Really doubt that running one inside the port locker would be a good idea for a number of reasons, even if the exhaust is vented overboard.
Jim
Title: Re: Honda 2000 generator
Post by: Ron Hill on May 22, 2021, 08:58:23 AM
Guys : I've never smelled gasoline fumes either. 

If you want to vent it, get another fuel overflow vent and install it in the port side locker!!

A thought
Title: Re: Honda 2000 generator
Post by: bayates on May 26, 2021, 04:06:40 PM
We store our 2000 in the port side locker.  I found a plastic bin that it fits perfectly in and then just slide it forward and out of the way.  Been doing it now for 9 years with no issues.
Title: Re: Honda 2000 generator
Post by: Brad Young on June 08, 2021, 09:20:33 AM
We store and lock ours to the binnacle forward. We have a bimini and I had a binnacle cover made to cover the Binnacle and the honda 2000. We are on DarBay 3 to 6 months at a time and need our storage for other things.
Title: Re: Honda 2000 generator
Post by: lazybone on June 08, 2021, 11:04:03 AM
This seems to be the safest of the options offered in this thread.
Title: Re: Honda 2000 generator
Post by: Ron Hill on June 08, 2021, 02:45:49 PM
Guys : I know of another C34 owner that stores his Honda 2000 shock corded to the binnacle when NOT on the boat.  He then sails with it attached, but with friends aboard, moves it below to the entry way in the aft cabin - for more space in the cockpit!!

a few thoughts 
Title: Re: Honda 2000 generator
Post by: glennd3 on June 09, 2021, 10:42:41 AM
Let me ask a question about the noise. Would you use the generator if you were rafted with other boats or in a tight anchorage?  I would love to see one being used but have not run across anyone yet with one, although I really haven't been looking.
Title: Re: Honda 2000 generator
Post by: Stu Jackson on June 09, 2021, 12:10:01 PM
Let me ask a question about the noise. Would you use the generator if you were rafted with other boats or in a tight anchorage?  I would love to see one being used but have not run across anyone yet with one, although I really haven't been looking.

Glenn, upfront disclaimer:  I do not have a generator.  That said, it is a matter of etiquette.  From everything I have read and that I trust the source, it is simply a matter of being considerate about the time it is run, the duration and surroundings.

One time a fellow C34-er was rafted up way outboard of us and his power cord wouldn't reach the dock.  So I just plugged his cord into one of my outlets down below and piggybacked him.  While not generator-specific, it was a helping hand for him, and could well have been in an anchorage or rafted up and he needed the juice.
Title: Re: Honda 2000 generator
Post by: Jim Hardesty on June 09, 2021, 01:23:50 PM
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Let me ask a question about the noise. Would you use the generator if you were rafted with other boats or in a tight anchorage?  I would love to see one being used but have not run across anyone yet with one, although I really haven't been looking.

I'm with Stu, it's all about being considerate to others.  Really isn't that loud, can carry conversation next to mine when it's running.  If you are rafted up, just ask if it bothers any one.  Don't start it up at sunrise unless you are way out.   And Always be aware and cautious of the exhaust fumes.
I have an inverter, use that for much of my power.  Use the generator to charge batteries after 2 or 3 days at anchor and to run the air conditioner or water heater if necessary.
Jim