RE: Tips for a newbie using a generator?
"recommend the biggest generator you can reasonably fit in and service."
Really bad idea as a diesel should be run at at least half power almost ALL the time.
Ideling making almost nothing but a house fridge juice and a couple of amps for the batts assures short service life.
THe correct (but costly) solution is a small noisemaker that will be at 80%+ loading and a following inverter that will fill in , for extra power for SHORT HIGH LOADS.
In the Carib charter fleet in the 70's the noisemaker issue (gas or diesel) was "solved" by trailing the unit astern in the dink.
With the gas units being actually powered inverters the ability to not operate at a constant speed reduces the noise and increases the units service life , thru proper loading.