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lazybone

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Re: Honda 2000W Gen Set
« Reply #15 on: October 30, 2017, 10:47:40 AM »

And big pot of coffee and Air Conditioning.
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Re: Honda 2000W Gen Set
« Reply #16 on: October 30, 2017, 11:16:34 AM »

I understand using it for A/C, but not usually needed here in SoCal, thatís why I wondered what Brian used his for. I charge my batteries with the main engine and very occasionally use my inverter if I need A/C power underway. My tools are all lithium battery models. Looking into solar and wind for extended cruising but not sure I want another gas powered machine to lug around besides my outboard? Maybe?
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Re: Honda 2000W Gen Set
« Reply #17 on: October 30, 2017, 11:24:46 AM »

   Noah,

     That's why I'm still in the considering phase, at this point for me it would be more of an emergency back up unit.
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Re: Honda 2000W Gen Set
« Reply #18 on: October 30, 2017, 12:47:00 PM »

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That's why I'm still in the considering phase

Me too.  I can do with out hair dryer, curling irons and definitely TV.  Maybe if it will run the AC for a couple of hours in the evening, but I'd be surprised if it could.  I may buy one to see how much it gets used.  Just need to be persuaded.
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Re: Honda 2000W Gen Set
« Reply #19 on: October 30, 2017, 01:57:41 PM »

We use our Honda 2000i for our AC, works a charm.
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Re: Honda 2000W Gen Set
« Reply #20 on: October 30, 2017, 02:34:00 PM »

Guys : When you set in the same anchorage for a 2nd or 3rd day - that's when the Honda is nice.

If you are always on the move and running the engine then you don't need it. 
However, if you hit those days when the wind is just right and you only use the engine to pull out and/or set the anchor it's nice to turn on the Honda and keep the batteries from going under 50% charge!!

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Re: Honda 2000W Gen Set
« Reply #21 on: October 30, 2017, 03:07:08 PM »

     Ron,

       Can't you just run the motor at anchor to keep the batteries charged?
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Re: Honda 2000W Gen Set
« Reply #22 on: October 30, 2017, 03:24:07 PM »

HI,

I understand that everyone needs are different.
But on the boat, I try to not use equipment requiring electricity.  Help to relax.

Have solar panel that keep batteries full, and frigo running all summer.

One thing to consider, is that noise travel easy and clear on the water.  Your neighbors at ancor might not enjoy your gen.
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Re: Honda 2000W Gen Set
« Reply #23 on: October 30, 2017, 03:51:38 PM »

I second Patrice's comment. The first year we had our boat we had to run the engine to top off the batteries when we anchored. Typically once in the morning and again at dinner time, for about an hour or so. We found it noisy and didn't like disturbing the neighbours (if any were anchored in the vicinity). So when we looked around for a solution, I did look at one of the Honda 2000s and did like the fact that I could easily get shore power. However now things were going to be even noisier and I was also going to have to carry another fuel onboard (we row our dinghy). So, I looked at solar as a solution, but at the time mounting it was going to be an effort and delay our sailing time. We opted for a fuel cell trickle charger called eFOY (the Comfort 210). I mounted it forward in the port cockpit locker (C34 MKII), exhausted the CO2 exhaust into the cockpit and captured the distilled water into a bottle for topping up the batteries. It did what a solar panel would do but on cloudy days and during the night. It would only come on when it sensed the house batteries were low. It was not a generator and could not give loads of juice all at once, as some may be looking for, but it would silently maintain the battery.

On our new boat, we did install an arch which will do double duty as davits and mounting point for four solar panels. After all the sun is free and silent.
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Re: Honda 2000W Gen Set
« Reply #24 on: October 30, 2017, 03:52:15 PM »

       Considerate neighbors are a good thing.
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Re: Honda 2000W Gen Set
« Reply #25 on: October 30, 2017, 03:56:24 PM »

    Fred,

      The sun is free but not the equipment required to harness it
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Re: Honda 2000W Gen Set
« Reply #26 on: October 30, 2017, 04:46:57 PM »

My 2 cents.  As a Navy pilot I was around jet engines for 20+ years.  So my hearing isn't the best.  But I have been in plenty of anchorages either running my 2000i or neighbors running theirs.  In most anchorages, stereos make more noise.  Running the engine is more efficient, 55 amps or more if upgraded.  Most battery chargers are 20 or 30amps.  But the engine heats up the cabin, in the humid east coast don't want to do that.  2 fridges, lights, music, TV, inverter, etc.  We were energy hogs.  Need to keep the batteries charged.  In the last 15 years have  never had a complaint about running the Honda.  Depends on the installation, but wiring the sea water pump on so it can be turned on first, turning the fan on, then turning on the AC compressor.  The 2000i ran a 16K btu unit.  Carry gas for the outboard, more for the Honda, not a big thing.  I stored mine under the cockpit table, just the two of us, still plenty of sitting room.  Hate fumes, the cockpit locker and lazerette all have openings into the cabin.  Solar and wind are probably a better option, but the added weight to the stern and the cost made the Honda the best choice for us.  YBYC
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Re: Honda 2000W Gen Set
« Reply #27 on: October 30, 2017, 07:32:46 PM »

      In Avalon harbor the harbor dept. use to have a rule that you couldn't run your generator before 7am and not after 10pm. Nowadays generators have gotten so quiet they don't even bother to enforce the rule I'm not even sure the rule is still in place. I usually run my motor mid morning, when most people are up and out and about, to charge my batteries.
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Re: Honda 2000W Gen Set
« Reply #28 on: October 31, 2017, 04:52:26 AM »

Why not go with a solar panel?  The flexible panel weights about 3 lbs.   My panels is on top of the bimini.  There are pics on the this sight. This is the beginning of my 5th year and I leave the panels on all winter.  We have sat at anchor for 6 days without starting the motor.  The cost will be about the same as a Honda generator.  I did carry my Honda the first year but did not use it.  Sold it after the first year. 
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Re: Honda 2000W Gen Set
« Reply #29 on: October 31, 2017, 07:31:06 AM »

    Solar panels are another good option. What I like best about solar panels is no moving parts.
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