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Old 09-15-2018, 10:27 PM
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Hello everyone I purchased a 38 foot powerquest boat a couple weeks ago and the question I have is how many watts do I need to run the A/C in this boat.? I was thinking about putting in a generator. Your help would be greatly appreciated
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A Honda 2000 will run a 7,000 BTU unit or a 10,000 BTU unit with a "hard start" kit.
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A 2000 watt generator will run my AT air conditioner, but if it cycles frequently it will trip the generator. My 3500 watt will run my 16,000 BTU on my cruiser.
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Double the BTU's and that's the size generator to run. If the AC is not already in the boat, go with a 24 volt system and run it off of batteries.
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Originally Posted by Jimofstuartfl
Double the BTU's and that's the size generator to run. If the AC is not already in the boat, go with a 24 volt system and run it off of batteries.
WHAT!!!! I ran a 7,000 BTU unit off a Honda 2000 without issue (it couldn't run much else but it ran the AC well and often)

You're suggesting it would have needed a 14,000 watt genset?
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Originally Posted by t500hps
WHAT!!!! I ran a 7,000 BTU unit off a Honda 2000 without issue (it couldn't run much else but it ran the AC well and often)

You're suggesting it would have needed a 14,000 watt genset?
Lol, yeah I was thinking the same thing. I think he meant 7000=1400 watt or 16,000=3200 watt. A hard start cap is necessary.
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I went with the marinaire 6000 BTU air conditioner.. its the only size unit i can get in the boat.. they told me it should have plenty of cooling capacity .. let us pray! LOL
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A honda 3000 generator might be good. I use honda 2000.
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The EU2000 has been replaced by the EU2200. The EU2200 has a larger more commercial grade engine with an addtional 200 watts. The only down side is it uses just a little more fuel. Prices are going up on Honda generators after January 1 due to the trade war.
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