Running a/c with a Honda Gen EU2000i cruising

Discussion in 'General Maintenance/Repair Questions' started by David W Bowers, May 21, 2019.

  1. David W Bowers

    David W Bowers New Member

    8
    May 12, 2019
    2002 260 Sundancer
    MercCrusier 5.6 Stroker 383 Bravo 3 I/O
    I have a 2002 260 Sundancer with A/C. I don't have a Genset installed. I have the small Honda eu2000i that I want to put on my swim platform. I would raise it off the platform 12" and strap it down and put a heat resistant pad to reduce vibration. My question is will this hurt my a/c unit and what kind of adapter do I need to use it underway for the A/C only. I'm a newbie to cruising and appreciate any input and suggestions. Attached is the panel of my gen. Thanks[​IMG]
     
  2. Ididntdoit

    Ididntdoit Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 5, 2007
    Newport, RI
    300 Sundancer
    5.0MPI Bravo III
    Please - no one take the bait......To the OP, this is a flashpoint on this site - do a search, you will find MANY threads on it - It is unsafe for many reasons and Frank Webster has outlined those reasons the best - If you choose to do it, please don't mention it here
     
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  3. JimG

    JimG Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drives

    Some reading for you:
    http://www.clubsearay.com/index.php?threads/using-a-portable-generator-to-run-a-c.32579/
    http://www.clubsearay.com/index.php?threads/thoughts-on-using-honda-generator.14805/
     
  4. CaptRonn

    CaptRonn Active Member

    347
    May 25, 2016
    on a large body of water
    1999 Sea Ray 400 Sedan Bridge
    Convert fuel into noise
    Put the generator in an inflatable dingy and use the power cord to tow it with.

    You can thank me later. ;)
     
  5. joeyleggz

    joeyleggz Active Member

    458
    Jan 15, 2013
    long island
    current boat: 1997 sea ray 330 express cruiser
    twin 454's efi
    In 3,2,1.........Go
     
  6. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    8.2 Mercs
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    260hp Alpha 1
    :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:
     
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  7. Steve S

    Steve S Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    844
    Jun 5, 2007
    Northern IL.
    2000 400 Sedan Bridge with twin CAT 3116's

    2000 340 Sundancer - SOLD!
    210 Monaco 1987 - SOLD!
    Twin Caterpillar 3116's 350 HP straight drives
    :(:(:(:(:(:(:(
     
  8. PlayDate

    PlayDate Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2006
    Washington DC
    1994 370 Express Cruiser
    454 Mercruisers
    Sometimes pictures help....

    [​IMG]

    Heck you can even use them in your house....

    [​IMG]

    Darwin.....he really did understand human beings.
     
  9. ttmott

    ttmott PhD in OCD GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 3, 2012
    Space Coast Florida
    2006 52 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSM11
    Take this all with a grain of salt; there have been a few bonified Darwin Award attempts officially published here however.
    There are two significant hazards you need to address; one is the generator's exhaust and the concern of carbon monoxide collection in the boat's low areas (ie cabin) and the issues with that; many boaters loose their lives or love ones every year due to carbon monoxide poisoning. The second is the electrocution hazard; this is the electrical potential difference between the water around the boat and the generator's frame; having the boat in fresh water is of particular concern.
     
  10. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    I can't think of a topic quite as polarizing but still somewhat common to see whilst out and about. Perhaps people not using seat belts would be similar in this way? I wonder which is more likely to harm you, statistically...
     
  11. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars
    There is a 3rd major concern with the Honda generator on boats: The fuel sustem is not designed for a marine environment. THe carburetor and overflow is vented to the inside of the generator case. If you get a carb float problem, the excess fuel is just dumped inside the case and then you are happily enjoying your air conditioned cabin while tooling around in a boat with the generator's non-ignition protected engine sitting in a pool of gasoline.
     
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  12. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
    tenor.gif
     
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  13. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    When the topic is portable generators, what oil to use or the best wax, we just can't resist!
     
  14. JimG

    JimG Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drives
    What's the best way to bring back the color to your Honda that's been sitting on the swim platform in the sun?
     
  15. CaptRonn

    CaptRonn Active Member

    347
    May 25, 2016
    on a large body of water
    1999 Sea Ray 400 Sedan Bridge
    Convert fuel into noise
    Rub it generously with Lacquer thinner and bare hands. Be sure to wash your hands in MEK afterwards.
     
  16. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
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  17. CliffA

    CliffA Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    640 hp (Total)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions
    and what oil should i use in it?....
     
  18. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    Shouldn't we all have our boats in the water by now? Memorial Day is upon us. Portable generator threads feel like much more of a February thing.....this is depressing.
     
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  19. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    HEY, what about anchors? Mine is the best, but I can't remember the brand name. It looks like this...
    [​IMG]
     
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  20. yobub

    yobub Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

    256
    Jul 29, 2016
    Chicago
    1998 400 Sundancer
    Cat 3116's
    @David Bowers, hence the 2nd post. This really isn't the way to treat new members with a genuine question.

    If.people start referencing a pig on your boat or stretching your boat, just ignore them.

    Oh, and go read @fwebster rationale for why this isn't a great idea.
     
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