When you are planning on using your houseboat, even when you are not going out on an extended trip, it is a good idea to use houseboat generators in order not to strain the battery of your boat. There are many marine generators that are available in the market and you just have to pick one that will be a perfect match for your needs. But how do you pick amongst the houseboat generators that will suit your needs? This is where we hope to help you with this article. Marine generators can run fridges, air-conditioning, and any other appliances that you need to use on board your boat. Generators can also come in handy during storms when the use of some electrical devices becomes crucial for safety and navigation. The use of a generator on board a houseboat has now become a major necessity instead of just an added feature.
Houseboat generators are similar to regular types of generators. They run on the same type of fuels, the most common of which are gasoline and propane. The type of generator that you will pick should depend on the number of devices that will be running using the electricity that it will produce. Bear in mind that a generator should not be used in areas that are exposed to the water/ocean or even where moisture is high. Like ordinary generators the ones used on houseboats may overheat, that is why safety precautions should be taken when installing them. There should be a fire extinguisher near the generator in case an accident happens. There are safety features that automatically kick in with new models of houseboat generators, but for older models one has to carefully monitor and watch over it in order to make sure that nothing goes wrong. The best tip in this instance is to retire your old houseboat generator and buy a new house boat generator that is more efficient and certainly safer.
There are some additional features that can be added to houseboat generators that will make their use a lot safer and efficient. Extras like an automatic voltage regulator can be added. A regulator will help ensure the quality and the level of power produced by a generator is constant. That will help prevent damage to the devices and appliances that are depending on the generator for power. Another feature is the use of enclosures that will help contain and soften the steady sound that generators make when running. A lot of houseboat users do not fully realize how great this feature can be. The controls for the generator should also be easy to reach and accessible to make things easy when controlling it. The use of circuit breakers can extend the life of a generator by ensuring its safety and the equipment that will be plugged into it.
Some houseboat owners prefer to use an inverter on board their boat over generators. They say that it is a lot quieter and needs less space. Those advantages are true, but the problem with inverters is that they run using the boat’s battery. They just convert the DC of the battery to AC in order to run regular appliances. This means that using inverters can be a great drain on the battery life of the boat and so is not really advisable especially if you are going to undergo an extended trip. However, they can be helpful as an addition to running and using a house boat generator.
I hope these tips have been helpful. Remember, you need to ascertain the amount of power you’ll use when using the common appliances and electronics on your houseboat. With that in mind you need to find a marine or houseboat generator that is rated for that amount of voltage or wattage. In addition, sound proofing, and a voltage regulator are certainly worthwhile considering.