Your Cabin Cruiser doesn’t have a generator and you want to use the A/C while on the lake. There are some options to get you what you want. As you might know not all the Cabin Cruisers out there come with a built in generator. So what can we use while we are out on the water and you want to use the A/C to cool things down or would like to sleep on the boat out on the lake and want to use the A/C to sleep more comfortably.
The only way is to use a portable generator. There are generates small enough to carry around these days and produce enough power to run your A/C. You will need to determine the power consumption of you A/C to determine what watt capacity you need from a generator. Remember there is more than the A/C that will need power and that the A/C can take up to 10x its operating watts for start up.
There are many types of generators out there so look around and research which is best for you. You will see inverters and generators separate and together. You need at least a generator and if you would like you can get an inverter/generator as one. In the end the inverter will not be enough to run your air conditioning.
Where do I put the generator while it is running?
The best place will be at the back of the boat on the swim deck. Then take your 30 amp cord and run to where you boat connections are. If you have 2 electrical boat connections you will need a splitter cable to go from 30 amp cord to the 2 electrical boat connections. Turn the generator on and then turn on your A/C.
Should I use a CO detector?
The answer is yes most definitely. Most use 2 and sometimes 3, probably depending on size of boat, just in case. Always better to be safe than sorry.
Now go enjoy your boat even more than you used to.