Posted: February 1, 2014 | Tag: Miscellaneous
Since your question is about adding a generator or using a portable, I will assume your needs aren’t too large. If you need more than 2,000 watts, I would suggest going the installed generator route. You will need to provide ventilated space, two water through-hulls, exhaust and wiring. For a portable generator, you will need space to store it outside and carry gasoline. Installing a generator on your boat has many advantages and big costs: Plan for an absolute minimum of $5,000 and probably closer to $10,000, depending on how much of the work you do. The portable generator is $1,000 plus a little extra for a marine cover.
A portable generator I hold in high regard is the Honda 2000i. It is the quietest of all the generators I’ve been around, which is why it is our generator of choice on board. It’s important to remember to start it up and then plug in your power cord. Also, be careful of noise rules where you are and respect them, point the exhaust away and charge those batteries while running a fridge.
When we are not on longer cruises, we keep the generator at home. Recently, we had a six-hour power outage at home. We were watching the football game with a lamp on as if nothing happened.