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25 minutes ago, Sanddancer said:

I need to upgrade my generator so am thinking of getting one run on diesel but don't want to pay a am or leg for it, any suggestions please.

 

Remember that unless you have a proper 'marine' generator properly installed in the boat (cost £8000 - £10,000) then you need to be able to lift it on and off the boat to run it on the bank-side. Diesel generators tend to be very VERY noisy and vey VERY heavy.

If you buy and run a 'construction site' type cradled diesel generator it will end up in the cut - it will not take long befor your neighbours react !

 

 

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You should be able to pick up a petrol 2.2i Honda for around £1200, but then you have all the problems associated with petrol usage - but if you already have a Jennifer, I guess you already live with them,

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Any diesel generator with an acceptable installed noise level is going to cost something approaching an arm AND both  legs, if professionally installed.  You can get the pain down a little if you can do the installation yourself. 240 V electrics, plumbing, fuel systems, 12/24 V wiring,  noise and vibration suppression are all handy skills....

 

Modifying a frame genny is not practicable, and, unless you know what you are doing, can be lethal.

 

All you can do is look for a second hand one, and spend some time learning the skills to install it.

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20 minutes ago, Alan de Enfield said:

 

For clarity - do you mean install a 'frame genny' in the boat ?

No just a frame one for the bankside, that I could use red with instead of the petrol one I use now.

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6 minutes ago, Sanddancer said:

No just a frame one for the bankside, that I could use red with instead of the petrol one I use now.

 

Good, but you'll have way more enemies than friends.

 

But I was actually asking  @BEngo

 

32 minutes ago, BEngo said:

All you can do is look for a second hand one, and spend some time learning the skills to install it.

 

 I think he was referring to a marine generator. but it could have been read as a 'frame generstor'.

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35 minutes ago, Alan de Enfield said:

 

For clarity - do you mean install a 'frame genny' in the boat ?

NO.  I said modifying a frame genny was not practicable. 

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11 minutes ago, BEngo said:

NO.  I said modifying a frame genny was not practicable. 

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Indeed you did, but the next sentence was :

 

52 minutes ago, BEngo said:

All you can do is look for a second hand one, and spend some time learning the skills to install it.

 

That is simply why I suggested clarification.

 

You know what you meant, I know what you meant (buy a 2nd hand marine genny etc etc. .............)

 

But that would not be clear to someone who simply read what you wrote.

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I've seen people who've installed industrial diesel generators in boats. I think it's a horrible idea and I wouldn't do it myself, but as long as the cooling and exhaust configuration of the particular model are ok from a safely perspective I don't think there's necessarily anything wrong with it - unless the excessive noise and vibrations in the boat count as safety issues.

 

It's not the same in terms of danger as trying to install a petrol generator in a boat.

 

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I've seen a silenced 1800rpm 2cyl 5kva set from a set of temporary traffic lights installed in a boat. Worked really well, when it was running it just sounded like the water pump was running. Lots of work though, it had its own keel cooling tank, vibration mounting and a little acoustic canopy which stuck up in the cruiser stern as it was too high. They'd used the exhaust from the traffic lights and made a new skin fitting for it.

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