A few weeks back my Westerbeke 4.5kw generator started smoking like there was a fire. After the smoke cleared, I opened the access panel to the generator and could see that some wires and windings melted. The motor still runs fine, but the generator is no producing electricity obviously. I've noted on this forum that generators have been taken out of the V-drive models by removing the exhaust manifold on the starboard engine, but no talk of anyone with sterndrives. I'm also wondering if I should rebuild, or replace with a updated model. This generator has always run like a top, but my biggest complaint is that the power that it creates will not run my 100 amp Freedom battery charger, like shorepower does. I can only get 30 amps or less out of the charger on the generator power, opposed to 90amps on shorepower. I am not happy when I am forced to go to a marina to charge batteries, when I rather be on the hook.