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Old 04-20-2019, 08:27 AM   #1
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Question: Do large twin engine -big generator trawlers deserve the label; "STINKPOTS"? Should other cruisers avoid anchoring near them?
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Old 04-20-2019, 08:30 AM   #2
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I love the smell of diesel exhaust in the morning.
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Old 04-20-2019, 08:40 AM   #3
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I am of the opinion that anyone who runs a generator in an anchorage deserves that accolade. It is not a problem to set up an adequate battery bank to last for a simple overnight or longer. It is just money after all.
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You can't hear my generator 100' from my boat on all but a still calm night. If you can hear my generator, you anchored too close to me.

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It’s a big ocean. I usually avoid that kind of conflict by finding more remote places to anchor. If you like anchoring with the herd, you have to be willing to put up with the herd’s behaviors.
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Question: Do large twin engine -big generator trawlers deserve the label; "STINKPOTS"? Should other cruisers avoid anchoring near them?
YES! This is why a large twin-engine, express cruiser with a genny is at the top of my list!

Seriously though, what does engine type, size, or number have to do with a boat at anchor? Maybe your question should be should one avoid another boat at anchor? If so, I would say this depends on the anchorage and if you want to run you own generator. I think in an anchorage, noise is probably more annoying than smell.

Or, one could just anchor near sailboats!

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Question: Do large twin engine -big generator trawlers deserve the label; "STINKPOTS"? Should other cruisers avoid anchoring near them?


Unlikely, since you can be anchored next to them and be completely unaware that there's a genset running. Now, the Honda buzzing away on the deck is a different story. We keep hearing how they're so quiet, just isn't so. You can hear the unmistakable drone of a portable gas generator from clear across the anchorage. It seems owners always pick sunset to crank them up.
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Old 04-20-2019, 09:23 AM   #9
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"Stinkpot"' is the term that sailors have used for decades to refer to any powerboat.


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The majority of the time we are anchored we need AC. So yes, my generator usually runs all night. Sorry
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Old 04-20-2019, 09:33 AM   #11
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Another TF topic that those with the strogest opinions are often those with the least perspective.


Generators are often the least offesive noise in the anchorage.


There are reasons for most every opinion/decision, just not necessarily agreeing with yours.
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Old 04-20-2019, 09:35 AM   #12
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We run the generator 24/7 when away from the dock to cool the boat. Some newer boats have gyro stabilization at anchor and need power for that as well.
I hope this isn’t one of those holier-than-thou threads...... if it makes you feel any better we are more aware of the generator that our neighbors since we also feel the vibration. Even so, I sleep great in our cool dry stateroom.

If we want to talk about annoying noises at anchor, how about the clink, clink, clink of halyards and hardware clanking against an aluminum mast? THAT drives me nuts........
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Old 04-20-2019, 09:43 AM   #13
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Stink is stink,
And the bigger they are the more stink .. if they run the engines. Some gas engines stink as bad as diesels. Stink is stink.we have a big icebox and no generator. May wish we had one if the batts accidentally run dead. But we do have a dedicated start batt.
We never run engines in an anchorage.

Don’t understand why guys w big boats think they need all that stuff. They could get a big icebox and a bigger battery bank.


Hill wrote;
“If we want to talk about annoying noises at anchor, how about the clink, clink, clink of halyards and hardware clanking against an aluminum mast? THAT drives me nuts......”
I fully agree!
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You are either a Stinkpotter or a Raghanger. There is no In between.
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I’ve seen and heard many sailboaters run their generators at anchor.
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I notice that the two so far who are strongly against generators - one from Maine and the other from Washington State.

Folks come on down here to the beautifully hot and humid south east and the islands!

We can get away with only running the genny for around 3-4 hours a day to charge everything up - usually from 5-9pm when we could be using the range as well. This is until around early May, when there is enough breeze from the breeze-boosters to allow us to sleep. Come May, AC is a must, so the genny is on overnight.

As others have stated, unless you are on top of me you won't hear my genny in an anchorage, and I would like to hear suggestions for setting up a battery bank to handle the AC units.
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I think a lot of people forget that not every place has a cool breeze at night. Last time we anchored we actually did and sleeping with no generator noise was awesome. But that doesn’t happen often. Usually it’s 85 degrees, 95% humidity and zero wind. Pretty miserable sleeping conditions with no AC.
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Although there are those who don't like Avalon's rules for running generators, I'm not in that group. The rule is 7:00am to 10:00pm.
Plenty of time to charge batteries and still enjoy the night. If I'm up before 7:00am and want a cup of coffee, the inverter is on and handles that chore quite well!
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What are other ways to power an AC unit on a boat other than a gas or diesel generator? With the huge improvements in batteries one would think such power would be available.

Steve91T,
Come down south to hear noisy generators? No thanks.
I wouldn’t be boating overnight down there. Furthermore I wouldn’t even be there.
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What are other ways to power an AC unit on a boat other than a gas or diesel generator? With the huge improvements in batteries one would think such power would be available.

Steve91T,
Come down south to hear your stinking and noisy generators? No thanks.
I wouldn’t be boating overnight down there. Furthermore I wouldn’t even be there.
Didn’t ask you to come down here.
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