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Old 08-20-2011, 12:59 AM
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Hello all ,just purchased a 26 foot Seasport with twin 150 outboards and would love to install a diesel or petrol generator and are seeking your advise on which brand to purchase and were to purchase .Needs to be between 3 to 5 kva.
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mase or northern lites are pretty simple to service after the install.
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Make sure whatever u buy has a service center or technician locally. nothing worse than having to drive (or boat) 100 miles to have something fixed thats outside of your ability.
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I work on them all and without a doubt my only choice for a genset would be a northern lights. Stay away from Kohler, MASE, Fischer Panda and all the low price pieced together junk out there. Phasor or NextGen make a 2 cyl but its a belt drive and anything less than a 3 cyl is going to be a shaker.... Good luck
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Westerbeke has always had a good reputation.
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Northern, westerbeke both are great names.. I had a yanmar and was very happy with it. But the best advice on here is pick one with close support.
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Realizing your have to install a separate tank and the plumbing if you go with diesel...

Either gas or diesel, I'd recommend Westerbeke. Reliable, and a small footprint...
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The small westerbeke gas will be the simplest fit in a small boat. Not extra tank for diesel. They are reliable. If space weren't an issue I would go norther lights. But I am sure in that size boat it is an issue.
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Northern lights is the only way to go. But do you really need a generator on a boat that small? What are you planning on using it for? An inverter might make more sense.
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I had a Westerbeke 5K on my first boat, and it worked GREAT!
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(posted same info to other thread but this is the one that survived)

Any of the "suitcase" generators will be prone to maintenance issues. None have a good rep.

That said, I have a next-gen 3kw suitcase gennie that has been trouble free for the three years I've owned it, and it is probably 8 years old in total (I bought the boat used).

It's a one cyl unit and sips fuel. Yes, you can hear it but it isn't that loud. I use it a lot though (good for a gennie) and it is in a location that stays dry (very good).

Whatever you get, put it someplace you can get access to it to service it (get the oil change hose kit). That will probably mean you need reasonable access to two sides. Not an easy thing to do on a small boat.
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Originally Posted by tomanyboats View Post
I work on them all and without a doubt my only choice for a genset would be a northern lights. Stay away from Kohler, MASE, Fischer Panda and all the low price pieced together junk out there. Phasor or NextGen make a 2 cyl but its a belt drive and anything less than a 3 cyl is going to be a shaker.... Good luck

What do you mean by "pieced together"? I have a Koehler 5kw diesel genset which is a little Yanmar engine, with a Koehler generator/inverter. Is that what you mean by pieced?

Does Northern lights make there own engine and Gen/electronics...?

I haven't had any issues at all with my Koehler, but I don't use it much (has about 100 hours on it). Anything I should know or watch out for....?
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I cannot comment about the smallest units-although I have had good luck with both Northern Lights and Westerbeke in the 5 KW size. I have a friend who put 25,000 hours on a 9 KW Kohler (18 hp Yanmar engine)--only one valve job and two rewindings in that time! So if you care for them, they last. I put well over 5,000 hours on a Kohler.

I would think with the sea sport you might want to look closely what will give you the best fit for space--also what is "gasoline" explosion protected--since it will mostly likely be in an enclosed space and you have gas tanks in the bilge.
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Thank you for all your input. After reading every ones messages i am a little clearer as to what brands i shall price, but i think i might have to go for the petrol model to cut some cost.
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Do some research on the CFR requirements of gas vs. diesel. You have requirements with gas generators that diesels don't have. Actualy. after re-reading your post, CFRs may not apply to you (petrol)

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