Jul , 2014
by Bell and Orders
Buy the Right Marine Generator for Your Boat
Whether you own a luxury yacht, a tug or a fishing boat, all these vessels are equipped with modern facilities such as refrigerators, air conditioners, hydraulic systems and watermakers.
An excellent marine generator is mandatory to run these equipment efficiently. The marine generator is considered the most expensive piece of equipment on-board a vessel after its main engine. This is why you need to be extremely careful when choosing a marine generator for your vessel.
This article highlights some of the most important considerations when purchasing a marine generator.
A quiet-running marine generator would be the dream of any boat-owner. Most of the current generators run on AC (alternating current) since AC can travel through wires without losing power in the process.
This has made DC marine generators obsolete.
There are a few DC generators in the market that are meant to re-power older type of boats, but they are quiet expensive compared to AC generators.
Before buying a generator, you must think about its location and space requirements. The generator would go below the deck, hence you must determine how easily you can access the space for maintenance and installation. Also, be aware of how the new unit will affect the weight distribution on the vessel. Tight spaces can accommodate compact marine generators. There are many compact generators in the market right now. An average compact generator would measure at 28X15X17 inches and weigh just 188 pounds.
For the convenience of all concerned, you should choose a generator that operates on the same kind of fuel as your boat, yacht or tug. If your vessel is operating on gasoline, you must choose a generator that operates on gasoline. This will allow you to tap the main tank for fuelling the marine generator too.
Your convenience matters the most here. However, there is one exception: For a compact boat that runs on gas, you should most probably install a diesel generator for safety purposes. Since the generator is installed on the lower deck, there could be ventilation issues with gas generators. Diesel is less volatile than gas and would best suit such compact spaces. Large boats usually use diesel generators. Hence diesel generators are the most popular in the market right now.
Marine generators are rated by kilowatt output. There are generators starting from as little as 3.5 kW to as high as 200 kW. When choosing the right model, add up all the power needs of the accessories you plan to run on your yacht or boat.
Your generator should have at least 20% more output than all the power requirements added together. Don’t think that more is better when it comes to power requirements. A generator that runs at insufficient loads could lead to carbon build-up and other major complications.
Generators are water-cooled. Before installing a generator, you will need to install a water intake with a strainer in order to avoid debris from clogging the cooling system. Generators also need air to operate. For example, a yacht-size diesel generator requires 1,500 cubic feet of air per minute when it operates at peak output. They also need an exhaust system that is separate from the main engine’s exhaust system of the yacht or boat.
Thanks to isolation mounts, underwater exhausts, mufflers and insulating shields, today’s generators are quieter than ever.
There are Quiet Generators that generate just 66 decibels from a distance of a meter away. Gas generators are famous for emitting carbon monoxide (CO), which is detrimental to the environment. But the latest generators are manufactured to emit low-CO emissions to the environment. They are actually environmentally friendly than the older types.
The above information will come in handy when you’ve decided to purchase a marine generator for your vessel.
But where can you buy a marine generator?
For all your marine generator requirements in Australia, you should contact Bell & Orders. Bell & Orders was established in 1946 and has over 65-years of experience in supplying quality marine generators to the nation. It was initiated by a well-known electrical engineer named Bob Bell.
Located in Victoria, Bell & Orders is the largest repairers and rewinders of large AC & DC electrical motors and generators in the state of Victoria. The Onan marine generator from Bell & Orders has become a household name within the marine industry in Australia. They are among the best in the industry currently.
There are many types of petrol, gas and diesel marine generators manufactured by the company. The Cummins Onan 5.8 HGJAD Commercial generator, Cummins Onan RV QD or Quiet Diesel Generator, Cummins Onan digital series generator and the Marine generator set Quiet DieselTM Series 6 QD Model, are some of the most popular in their product line-up. Visit their website at http://www.bellandorders.com.au for all your marine generator requirements.