Are you confused about a generator for your boat? Are your concerns about having enough power or too much noise and fuel consumption? You’re not alone…at Northeast Generator we hear questions like these every day!
What’s the right size generator for your boat?
#1 – Small boat: Like all pieces of boating equipment, size and type of generator for your boat depends on how it’s being used. If you want to take it to a beach to keep drinks cold in a fridge or to run a sound system, a portable gasoline unit weighing 50 pounds is ideal. These small units are usually quiet and can be carried for safety, such as when your boat needs a battery charge during an emergency.
#2 – Medium boat: If power tools are part of your boat’s repair and maintenance plan…such as running a welding machine on a metal boat, a generator for your boat with output of at least 5kW will be necessary.
#3 – Large boat: A generator for your boat that has 12.5kW will produce equal power as in a small land-based home or condo. It will also enable normal electrical equipment to be operated all at once. Bigger boats with air conditioning and electric stoves, ovens, and refrigeration might require 15-20kW.
And…what about wattage? If you’re thinking about adding a new generator to your boat, first figure out its intended maximum electrical load. A good rule of thumb is electric heaters, refrigerators and freezers usually require 1,500 watts but when run all at the same time, a generator unit with 4.5kW is needed. Don’t forget about the microwave, electric cook top, water heater and any other type of electronics when assessing the correct size generator for your boat.
Northeast Generator is happy to help people in the boating world make the right selection before buying. Please give us a call anytime with your questions (203) 336-3031.