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I have been reading the threads on CC vs. sport fishers, and have seen a few pics of boats with potable generators strapped to the bow. Is carrying a portable onboard a good idea?? My boat had a 3.8 Kw Kholer that seized about 9 years ago. The owner at the time removed it and put a 155 gallon fuel tank in is place. Their has been times I would have liked to have the generator back but really need to extra fuel tank. Is a portable safe to run? What about carrying a gas can to fill it?
 

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With proper safety precations for securing it, gas fumes, and CO...then usually there is no problem...you just have to be careful. People have fires and die of CO poisoning with installed generators...nothing is sailor poof.....

Lots of guys run them...wait or some replies and I'm sure they will give some tips that work for their boats....
 

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I used to run to the 28 mile wreck on an old Chris Craft, we strapped a Honda generator up on the bow, and carried gas in a U.L. approved 5 gallon gas can strapped down in the back.
As long as no one is firing up a cigar or dropping hot cigarette ashes on the deck, then it's no more dangerous than having a portable gas can for a little outboard motor......
 

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depending on how much power you need you can get a small 2 stroke 1000 watt one from harbor freight for $100, this way if it gets damaged you don't lose a bunch on the good ones.
 

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a 1000 watt is a little lite for the job. A Honda 2000EU will run 2-600 watt halgen lights and a hydroglow which is good for overnight tuna.
 

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I have a honda 3800 watt gen for sale. $900 oil changed every 100 hrs,stored indoor,230 hrs. No dents or rust. Starts on the first pull. True harbor freight has $100 gen's for sale, but as the saying goes, buy cheap you get cheap. Best "fishes" HEY HIGH WIRE WERE THE CHIC'S PART OF THE PRIZE ?????????
 

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I've got 2 Honda generators. The 2000 & 3000 watt units. They are the quiet & do the job. The 3000 watt unit handles everything including the AC, but its a bit heavy at 160 pounds. The built in gas tank can run the entire night. I stopped running the 3000 because it is heavy.

I then went out and bought the 2000 watt unit with the auxiliary 6 gallon gas tank. This is a lot lighter, but I have to slowly cycle on the AC or I'll blow a fuse. Spend the extra money on a Honda & you'll be glad that you did. We can sleep onboard with the gererator running.

Shout if your interested in the 3000 watt generator. Used it 3 times, but its too heavy for me to handle by myself.
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I've got 2 Honda generators. The 2000 & 3000 watt units. They are the quiet & do the job. The 3000 watt unit handles everything including the AC, but its a bit heavy at 160 pounds. The built in gas tank can run the entire night. I stopped running the 3000 because it is heavy.

I then went out and bought the 2000 watt unit with the auxiliary 6 gallon gas tank. This is a lot lighter, but I have to slowly cycle on the AC or I'll blow a fuse. Spend the extra money on a Honda & you'll be glad that you did. We can sleep onboard with the gererator running.

Shout if your interested in the 3000 watt generator. Used it 3 times, but its too heavy for me to handle by myself.
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george, would like to know where you have it when its running. iam gonna get one for my 27 blackfin. was thinking up on the hardtop somewhere. will the 2000 handle a coffee maker? :D pop says he has to have fresh coffee on this boat :eek:
 

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george, would like to know where you have it when its running. iam gonna get one for my 27 blackfin. was thinking up on the hardtop somewhere. will the 2000 handle a coffee maker? :D pop says he has to have fresh coffee on this boat :eek:
The small generator I leave in the cockpit (under the bolsters) with the 6 gallon aux tank. I was thinking of putting the 3000w on the hardtop. It has an electric start so that would make it easy to run. You can also get a key fob for about $100 that would allow you to start & stop the generator remotely.
 

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I have a honda 3800 watt gen for sale. $900 oil changed every 100 hrs,stored indoor,230 hrs. No dents or rust. Starts on the first pull. True harbor freight has $100 gen's for sale, but as the saying goes, buy cheap you get cheap. Best "fishes" HEY HIGH WIRE WERE THE CHIC'S PART OF THE PRIZE ?????????
True but I have had one for years and does the job for the size and if it falls over I won't lose $1000


It was just a throw in if you need it.
 

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The Honda's are the way to go. I have started and ran a 5000 btu window ac on a EU 20000 just to see if it would do it. These things are quiet and sip fuel. I use mine in my mobile marine service trailer to run my drill press, bench top wire wheel/grinder, fluorecent lights ect. On my Maritime, I stuck one of those Pelonis ceramic disc heaters in my pilothouse a couple of times and put the genny right on the deck in the stern.
 

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The 2000 Hondas put out about 1600 watts. Divide that by 120 vlots and they put out 13.3 amps. They should call it the Honda 1600. 2000 watts is the peak punch to get things like a 10-13 amp power saws rolling. But they are really nice units and super quiet. Make sure you get the Honda cover for it..

Nothing wrong with any of them depending on how much juice you need. Plus they will charge your batteries while they run.. 8/12amps worth.. So you can run 2-3, 4 amp deck lights just off the 12 volt side thru your boats system.

Look around, there's all different pricing.
 

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thanks for the reply, i have one more question,my 31 outboard stamas has a huge ( i mean three steps down,walking around huge,where the inboards would have been) has anyone ever tryed putting the gen down in that space.Now i know i will have to pipe the exhaust out,run the blower for ventilation, can you think of any other reasons this would not work. Thanks Frank :thumbsdown: or :thumbsup:
 

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thanks for the reply, i have one more question,my 31 outboard stamas has a huge ( i mean three steps down,walking around huge,where the inboards would have been) has anyone ever tryed putting the gen down in that space.Now i know i will have to pipe the exhaust out,run the blower for ventilation, can you think of any other reasons this would not work. Thanks Frank :thumbsdown: or :thumbsup:
I would install a few cleats to keep the generator tied down. Get a remote starter / kill switch for the generator. My only other concern... Will the generator have enough of an air supply to keep the engine running?
 

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there will be plenty of air to keep the motor cool , i will keep bilge blower running while gen is running. George, the 3000 gen you have for sale,is it in good condition,and where can i see it.Frank
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The generator was used 3 times. Its in great shape. I'm in New Castle, but I usually travel to Cape May every couple of weekends. Give me a call if you'd like to see it.
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