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Old 08-08-2020, 08:58 AM   #1
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Thoughts on a portable generator (on swim platform) to power boat overnight? Thanks in advance.
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Are you going to be on anchor so the boat will point into the wind? What kind of boat? CO detectors are critical if a cabin cruiser.
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I’ll comment but realize with the understanding that this is a very controversial topic with good arguments on both sides. Personally, I don’t recommend it as a rule due to the potential consequences of CO poisoning. That being said, there are circumstances where it is OK and with proper due diligence no worries....

I do have a portable for my 3000 and will use it at anchor on either the swim platform or on the bow depending on the situation. It does NOT run at night nor do I run it without multiple CO detectors in the cabin or when anyone is swimming near the stern.

It also is not stored in the ER unless completely drained of fuel and run dry.
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I’ll comment but realize with the understanding that this is a very controversial topic with good arguments on both sides. Personally, I don’t recommend it as a rule due to the potential consequences of CO poisoning. That being said, there are circumstances where it is OK and with proper due diligence no worries....

I do have a portable for my 3000 and will use it at anchor on either the swim platform or on the bow depending on the situation. It does NOT run at night nor do I run it without multiple CO detectors in the cabin or when anyone is swimming near the stern.

It also is not stored in the ER unless completely drained of fuel and run dry.
If you store you portable generator in the ER how do you know if it is drained completely?
Even the fumes from the small amount of gasoline that is left in the tank and carb can be very dangerous to store in the ER !
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See his comment:

"It also is not stored in the ER unless completely drained of fuel and run dry."
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Exactly...
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Could still have fuel VAPORS present!
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In theory. Yes there could be vapors. As my opening post indicated, there are many factors for each individual to consider.
I feel, and my sniffer confirms, that there are not any fumes left after running dry to be concerned with to create a hazard. If there were still combustible vapors present, the engine wouldn’t have died after running dry.
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To each his own!
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Agreed. Unlike most of the ‘pass the buck’ mentality of today’s thinking, each of us ‘captaining’ are responsible for making our own decisions and dealing with the responsibility of those decisions. My desire in posting, knowing that there would be controversy, was to highlight the points to be considered by each individual.

Thanks to all who contributed to the considerations that the OP needs to consider to make an informed decision he/she can live with.

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Agreed. Unlike most of the ‘pass the buck’ mentality of today’s thinking, each of us ‘captaining’ are responsible for making our own decisions and dealing with the responsibility of those decisions. My desire in posting, knowing that there would be controversy, was to highlight the points to be considered by each individual.

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I agree with John!

John, hope no hard feelings, just wanted to let all those that did not know that there is still some concern and more to think about.
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I've used a Honda 2K for the last 13 seasons. There is one literally running on my swim platform as I write this. I have always had CO detectors and have never had one go off while the generator is running. I spend at least 60 nights on anchor, including up to 1 month at a time (I've been on anchor for the last three weeks).

I don't anchor with a stern-anchor, so the wind is always on my bow.
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I don't anchor with a stern-anchor, so the wind is always on my bow.
That right there is the most important factor.....
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I agree with John!

John, hope no hard feelings, just wanted to let all those that did not know that there is still some concern and more to think about.
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