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Old 06-24-2014, 08:18 PM   #21
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I have a Honda that I use to power my 5000 BTU air conditioner. I usually put it on the transom covering board with the exhaust pointed overboard. I would like to put it on the swim platform but it gets wet there. I will steal Fly Wright's container idea.

I would love to hook a hose to the exhaust and discharge it underwater. Probably need a vented loop to prevent back siphon. Baggiolini could you post a photo of what you did?

I'm also thinking of converting it to run on propane. There is a lot less CO in the exhaust of a propane powered engine and propane is a lot cleaner to handle.

If I had the room, I'd install a real marine generator.
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Old 06-24-2014, 08:18 PM   #22
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Thread has sure ramped up some Honda genny adverts!
I remember on a similar thread someone had fitted one into a coolbox. Air has to get in, and heat and exhaust out, so not sure how well it quietened the gen.
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Thread has sure ramped up some Honda genny adverts!

That Google doesn't take long to catch a keyword does it?
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That Google doesn't take long to catch a keyword does it?
I added AdWords (Google advertising) to my site and it takes about three hours from upload for targeted ads to appear. Or at least advertising related to the topic of the article.

Google makes you wait until there's $100 in your account before they pay up. I'm guessing that might be the target for minimum monthly income once I have more stuff up. They are like Amazon -- direct deposit, but AZ holds your $$ for two months. That's probably to accommodate any returns

Folks with ad-blockers never see a thing, or see a blank box. I had to turn my blocker off 'cause I was curious what Google was putting there. I did see West Marine advertising which I thought was especially cool.

At this point it's not a money maker, but we shall see. I do know now that I realize how it all works, on any site I'm on if the ad looks interesting I'll click. It helps. Some clicks are only a penny.

Anyway, I'm seeing from upload to related ads, 3 hours. I suspect a place like TrawlerForum with bigger hit counts would have much faster response times. Goodness knows how many hits this place gets. I'm at 400k for 2014 and TF is probably well into the 8-digits by now.
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Old 06-24-2014, 10:31 PM   #25
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Cheers Flywright. So no heat issues underneath the Honda that would worry a foam mat, I assume?
No problems in the 4+ years I've been using the foam pad although I might have to invest in another. This one's becoming a bit compressed and stiff.

Great! There goes another $4.79!!
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Old 06-24-2014, 10:37 PM   #26
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While in use, our Honda 2000 is carried on the swim platform. It is secured with a bungee cord & sits on a section of a 2x2 rubber floor tile. Primary use is to run small electric units; space heaters, etc. It will not drive our Force 10 water heater (1250 watts). That was a bit of a disappointment. Underway, I keep it in the cockpit under cover. Once we retire (as in sleep) the unit is turned off. Used wisely it seems to solve a lot of problems that an onboard generator might at a lot less expense.
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While in use, our Honda 2000 is carried on the swim platform. It is secured with a bungee cord & sits on a section of a 2x2 rubber floor tile. Primary use is to run small electric units; space heaters, etc. It will not drive our Force 10 water heater (1250 watts). That was a bit of a disappointment. Underway, I keep it in the cockpit under cover. Once we retire (as in sleep) the unit is turned off. Used wisely it seems to solve a lot of problems that an onboard generator might at a lot less expense.
That's interesting about the Water Heater....

Anyone else with a 2000 have issues with a 1250 or 1500W element?
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Old 06-25-2014, 06:56 AM   #28
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That's interesting about the Water Heater....

Anyone else with a 2000 have issues with a 1250 or 1500W element?

I'll let you know in about 10-14 days time.

Genny - check.

Fuel for genni - check.

Tie down, bunji cord and padlock for Genni - check.

Rubber mat for genni - check.

Good to go, it seems. Lookout Curtis Coast.


Thanks for the input all. Much appreciated.
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Old 06-25-2014, 07:08 AM   #29
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A heavy rubber doormat should work under the Honda. I have never used one but I'm thinking it might make a good spare if I can properly store it outside the boat.
I'm a big proponent of CO detectors the more the better. I agree one in each of the sleeping quarters is the minimum. I like having one at the lower helm as well. It can be an early warning sign of a looming mechanical failure.
They are as important as PFD's in my opinion. I think they should be mandated equipment for all boats even sailboats without any power or just a small engine. Engine size and type really doesn't matter gas engines generally produce more CO even the LO CO Kohler ECD gas powered series should have them installed.
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Old 06-25-2014, 07:34 AM   #30
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Space is a premium on our little trawler so I had a mount fabricted to place it over our engine cover. It is easily removable when we are not planning on using the Honda. And my CO detector is hardwired to the 120V circuit so its always on when the genny is running. It has never beeped yet.
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Old 06-25-2014, 08:10 AM   #31
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I don't agree with running a CO detector when only your generator is running. If you sleep aboard the vessel it should be on whenever you are sleeping. It can be the vessel near or next to you depending on the direction of the wind or the lack of that can potentially cause harm. Other devices can produce CO running engines are the primary cause but a fossel fueled stove or heater can emit CO as well.
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Old 06-25-2014, 09:41 AM   #32
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True Bill,
We don't generally anchor in areas that have other boats but it is a possibility. And we have no need for a heater and use a small butane stove for cooking. But a 12v or self powered CO detector would be safer.
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It's actually happened at marinas where one boat runs their generator or engines (who knows why) and the boat next to them has the occupants come down with CO poisoning.
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Old 06-25-2014, 10:01 AM   #34
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I run my Honda 2000 in a wooden dock box I built many years ago and now have mounted on my boat deck just aft and below the flying bridge. I installed large aluminum vents on three sides of the box to allow air in, and an oversize aluminum louver for the exhaust. The vents are readily available at hardware and building supply stores. Just below the Honda, I drilled about 20 holes in the bottom of the box of 1" diameter to facilitate additional cooling. The power chord from the Honda exits the box through a rainproof electrical box, also purchased at a hardware store. There is about 5" of clearance between the Honda and the inside walls of the box, and about the same clearance between the Honda and the overhead lid of the box. Works perfect. Never overheats. Never a problem with rain, even heavy downpours. I love that little unit as a backup to our primary diesel genset...saves tons of money and wear and tear on the big boy.
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I put at least 500-750 hours per year on my Honda 2000. I run the big gen to make water and do the bulk charging. The honda does the taper charge. Been doing this for over 5 years. I strap it on the. Bow and walk away. I've found that it can run the 12v and 32v chargers along with a freezer, refer, and ice maker. I would rather leave the boat with it running than the big gen and have done so numerous times. The addition of a marine fuel tank has made adding fuel a breeze and less messy than adding to the internal tank.
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I remember seeing a post on another site where a guy had rigged up a long hose to the Honda gensets exhaust and attached some floats to it and then let the hose float back from the transom of his boat to keep the exhaust discharge well away from the boat.
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Captain K, can you post some pics of your genny box? Sounds like a great setup.

To keep track of hours for maintenance purposes, I added a simple hour meter to the eu2000i like this. It's self-powered and takes its input from a wire wound around the spark plug cable.



There are lots of eu2000i users with good ideas on the eu2000 Yahoo group.
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There are lots of eu2000i users with good ideas on the eu2000 Yahoo group.

I'll post some pictures next time I'm on the boat. Don't have any just now.
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