Originally Posted by Moose
Thanks re the variable RPM you can get a constant speed clutch that maintains a set RPM no matter what the engine is doing. I done really have enough room for a genset outside engine room. The water tank no longer lives in engine bay and gas been moved to the bow. So a belt drive gunny could fit there. What about hydraulics instead? Unfortunately the stove is all electric. I plan to go LED on lighting so really just want to run gunny while using water and stove Iam not really concerned about fuel usage but my main concern was sparking in engine room on a belt drive system
Well if you want a genny to make hot water why not just plumb the engine to the water heater? They are designed for this. Now if overnighting this will require running the engine long enough to heat up but you'll have to do the same waiting for the electric element to heat the water.
No way to get around the electric stove without changing it over to alcohol but that will be cheaper than what you are considering.
I would be more concerned about the genny being spark protected than the belt.