Diesel generator

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teamROAM
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Re: Diesel generator

Post by teamROAM » Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:12 am

Trev

I'm at a similar planning stage to you regarding electrics I think. I reckon the only reason you should need a gen set is if you want to run air con without shore power. The Barefoot looks pretty well thought out for sun exposure so probably only ever need it in marinas anyway? (I lived on an aluminum ex racing yacht {basically big beer can with few hatches} in a marina in Singapore for 2 years and can attest to needing air con there but I am only planning on temp deck mounted unit if having to use the boat as a flotel at some stage. For that odd sticky night at anchorage don’t think its worth the hassle)

Otherwise for the price of a gennie you could by more than enough solar to keep you ticking over I think. Our goal is to be able to sit on anchor for extended periods without the need to start engines at all.

Mick

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Re: Diesel generator

Post by 44c » Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:24 am

I agree. If you're not having AC, you can do without a genset, at least 90% of the time. Cloudy periods you'll probably need a portable genny to top up the solar shortfall. Or a maybe wind gen.

Did the info from School's Out help?

Their system does work, that's for sure.

So does ours though. :D

My opinion - our setup is cheaper, simpler and lighter. But we do have an LPG system on board. Which, if you're registering in Qld is a minor hassle - system has to be certified by a gasfitter to register the boat. Really not a big deal though, I got the final install done by a gasfitter (which I would have done anyway) and he certified it. A few hundred bucks, for all the fittings, valves, regulator, etc and labour.

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Re: Diesel generator

Post by rexd666 » Wed Jan 11, 2012 3:40 pm

PS Split Webber topic out so feel free to discuss more over there.
http://diy-yachts.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=908

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Re: Diesel generator

Post by rexd666 » Wed Jan 11, 2012 4:12 pm

Here are the ones I was talking about.
Nanni 12v, 24v and 230v Intercalated Generator
http://www.nannidiesel.com/index.php?op ... =9&lang=en
http://www.nannidiesel.com/index.php?op ... =9&lang=en
Yanmar have an option also.
http://www.yanmarmarine.com/index.cfm/go/Accessories/
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http://www.yanmarmarine.com/theme/yanma ... 65E-EN.pdf

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Re: Diesel generator

Post by Jim » Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:54 pm

We have a A/C on our boat and only once did I want to use it at sea but I had the gen set at my house as it was Cyclone season and we usually loose power at some stage. The only time I wanted it, we were out on the reef and it was a gazillion degrees and zero breeze with no fans in the cabins at that time. We use it in the marina and actually leave it on low all through the wet season to keep the inside of the boat dry and mould free. I have actually used the gen set more at our house during cyclones (even the little sooky ones cause power outages) than on the boat.
Jim.

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Re: Diesel generator

Post by Smooth Cruiser » Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:07 am

I agree with leaving an air con on all through summer in the marina if you aren't on the boat in tropical areas as otherwise mould is a problem. This will be using the shore power though so not really relevant to this topic!

I never used my air con at sea although I had the generator to be able to - but I know the sort of days Jim is talking about and would use it if I was in one of those!

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Re: Diesel generator

Post by 44c » Thu Jan 12, 2012 3:26 pm

On really warm nights we've found our little Hella Turbo fans make a huge difference.
Only draw about 1/3 of an amp too.

Don't buy in Aus though - about $180 each! I looked on ebay usa and got 3 for that.

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