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New to us 3587, adding a generator 27 Sep 2017 13:34 #1

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Hi there,
Just purchased a 96' 3587, subject to survey. Quality and functionality seems great! Looks new and cared for. Does not have a generator and don't think we will need AC on lake Ontario however, is it possible to add one?
Dean

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New to us 3587, adding a generator 27 Sep 2017 15:25 #2

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Nice to have. Can be installed in pretty much any boat that size. Guess cost would be north of 10 grand.

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New to us 3587, adding a generator 27 Sep 2017 18:16 #3

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For that boat I would say closer to 20 grand including haul out, installation, wiring, and re-launch. They are pricey little things.

An 8kw Westerbeke is around $14,000.00.

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New to us 3587, adding a generator 27 Sep 2017 18:46 #4

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This is one of the down falls of the 3587. There is really no space to put it in that would allow ease of access for maintenance. The cost would be extremely high.

We have used a Honda 2000 and have been very pleased with it. It's a fraction of the cost of the installation of a permanent genny and does the job really well for us. We tie it off on the swim grid and have never had a complaint for noise as it just hums away to charge the batteries.

I have heard where some have a swim step extension and have placed a generator in the extension itself. This would be an expensive modification and would likely put you in a close price range of the 4087 who likely already has a generator installed.

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New to us 3587, adding a generator 27 Sep 2017 18:53 #5

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Would you consider a portable generator? I use one on my 3870 it is 3100kw it gives me what I need.

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New to us 3587, adding a generator 27 Sep 2017 19:07 #6

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Will your 3100 portable run the AC? We looked at a couple boats that had generators but we really liked this one.

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New to us 3587, adding a generator 27 Sep 2017 20:49 #7

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Dean - is the boat you are looking at gas or diesel powered?
What do you want to run on the genset at the same time (a list)?

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New to us 3587, adding a generator 27 Sep 2017 21:41 #8

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We are thinking if we were anchored somewhere without shore power and it was very warm it would be nice to run the air conditioner.
Am I correct that the AC runs on 110volt?
Really anxious to see her again on Friday for out of water survey then back in the water for sea trial.

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New to us 3587, adding a generator 27 Sep 2017 21:59 #9

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The great lakes have cool water, why not use a pump and a "fin-fan" like a radiator with a fan to pump water through the radiator and a fan to push the air?
I knew a person in Racine IL. that had a deep well that did just that for his home?

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New to us 3587, adding a generator 27 Sep 2017 22:04 #10

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Sounds like a great solution! Guess I'll check the web for a portable unit?

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New to us 3587, adding a generator 27 Sep 2017 22:05 #11

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I have a 96 4087 with propane. I use a Honda 2000, it will heat water in about 30 min 11 gal tank. It will charge both inverter & house batteries from 12v back up to nearly 14v in 1.5 ti 2 hours. I keep Honda in dunage box. It's quiet & very fuel efficient. It would be nice if I could do hot water & both chargers at once, but it's not quite big enough.

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New to us 3587, adding a generator 27 Sep 2017 22:08 #12

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AC is 110v. You will need a decent portable genny to run the AC. The small Honda's might not work out for the AC

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New to us 3587, adding a generator 28 Sep 2017 02:39 #13

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Definitely possible to add, but the only realistic place to locate is between the engines which makes already tight access to the engines for maintenance really, really tight. Unless you know a really tiny mechanic, not sure I'd want to go there.

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New to us 3587, adding a generator 28 Sep 2017 05:28 #14

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Thank you all. Given how and where we will be using her, I think we will be fine without a gen, if not a small portable for battery top up charge will do the trick.

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New to us 3587, adding a generator 28 Sep 2017 05:34 #15

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She does have a bow thruster which might be a nice option to have.

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New to us 3587, adding a generator 28 Sep 2017 11:04 #16

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My salon A/C and sea water pump pull just over 100 amps through the inverter. So 10 amps on 115v. There are soft starts you can install to limit starting current. That would be the only way to run a/c on the small Honda's. The soft starts are $200 to $300 and work with a variety of a/c's

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New to us 3587, adding a generator 28 Sep 2017 11:42 #17

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Is your stove gas or electric? If you plan to cook on a electric range then a portable probably wont work. I have a Honda 2000 which I take out on the water but rarely use it. I am to damn cheap to run the larger genny for the a/c while the engines are pushing me down the river and the genny is to loud once beached or at anchor.

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New to us 3587, adding a generator 28 Sep 2017 12:20 #18

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The stove is propane fortunately. Hoping the fridge is dual ac/dc electric!

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