Before retiring and moving onto the boat we decided that in keeping with our desire to stay native 12 volts as much as possible we needed to add a diesel generator. I had spoken with Ample Power before regarding the 12volt 150 amp “Genie” that they sell and made arrangements to purchase the display unit from them after the 2002 Annapolis Boat Show. I got a substantial discount on the unit and did not have to pay for packing or shipping which also saved some money.
The generator was installed in the space under the helm after removing the water heater. The area was perfect for the installation as there is side access from both lazarettes and easy access to the boat electrical system, raw water plumbing, and fuel feed.
The instrument panel is mounted in the cockpit on the port side of the boat. Oil pressure and water temperature can be monitored and there are also safety interlocks that will shut the Genset down for low oil pressure or high engine temperature.