Originally Posted by hmason
. So, is there any good reason to have one beyond sound deadening?
The generator head end is more efficient at cooler temperatures, thats why the air inlet is on that end of the enclosure. The engine itself could care less, and there may be a lifespan penalty of a small % of some hoses and belts.
It's a sound enclosure, noise reduction is its primary function and most factory enclosures do a good to excellent job of noise reduction. Get a Db meter app for your smart phone (some are free) and take readings with the enclosure door open or closed, you'll get an objective idea of what to expect if you choose to remove it.
Otherwise, as the unit ages increase the maintenance check frequency and live with a quieter boat. IMHO noise reduction is a good reason to have one $0.02