Honda Generator vs CruiseAir AC – 387

The Honda 2000 generator has gotten a lot of discussion on the site particularly as it pertains to powering the boat’s AC units. I wrote a previous post describing my early experiences with this and gave mixed reviews. I had no problem powering the stern AC unit but did have difficulties with the 16,000 BTU main unit. This year, I installed a Dometic SmartStart to the system and have had no issues running the main AC unit now. The SmartStart lessens the initial amp draw of the AC unit as it starts up. I give this solution a strong recommendation if you expect the Honda to power a large AC unit.

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