Yes they are loud. Yes they stink. And yes, they are the best way to make yourself unpopular in anchor bay. But the power generator is and will remain the safest way to generate electricity independently. And there is a need for electricity always and everywhere.
In the US, devices from Champion are popular for this purpose, they are now also available in Germany. In the extensive range, for example, the two smallest models with 1000 and 2000 watts of power are attractive for sailors. Both rely on inverter technology and are powered by an 80 cubic centimeter four-stroke engine. It starts with a rope pull, and the sine-wave quality of the electricity generated should also be suitable for sensitive consumers.
The dimensions are pleasantly compact at 45 by 28 by 40 centimeters, the weight of 18 and 25 kilograms for the two-kilowatt model is okay. Champion specifies the sound pressure level as a quiet 53 db (A), but this refers to a measuring distance of seven meters. If the generator is in the cockpit, it is about 72 db (A) loud at a distance of one meter - this is customary on the market, but not particularly quiet. One tank of fuel lasts for up to ten hours of operation; it is less under full load. With a price of 499 euros for the small model and 789 euros for the version with 2.3 kilowatts, the yellow champions are in the middle of the market.