It is not essential to have a generator on board but it is reassuring particularly when there are so few charging points on British Waterways and the sun cannot be relied on all year round. The choice of whether or not to install one depends on how often and when the boat will be used.
On Shine we installed a Mase IS 6.1. This is a well made and robust genset that we adapted to be cooled via skin tank to avoid the constant blockages that occur with raw water cooled set ups. Fine for the sea but not great for our murky canals.
As one of the greatest draws on any electrical system is the immersion heater. Shine uses the water circulating round the generator to heat hot water through a calorifier.
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