Chicory's New 6KW Generator
We often times underloaded our 12KW generator and wanted to add a second smaller unit for night running and redundancy. Our challenge was where to put it. I saw a picture of N46 - Jenny, with a fish cleaning station in the cockpit and thought it would be a perfect space to conceal a 6KW unit. The rough planning started.
The plan was to weld 3/16" - 2X2 tube to support the generator and the enclosure.
We drew plans and made many measurements but incremental testing was imperative to ensure what looked good on paper would translate into the real world. This image shows test fitting one end of the frame prior to welding the rest of the components.
Here is what the frame looked like when we test fitted it for the first time. I tend to overbuild, and this unit was no exception, it it designed to support 2800 pounds on the bottom shelf.
The frame needed to be through-bolted to the floor and back portion of the cock-pit. The floor is cored with marine 3/4" plywood between almost 1/2" thick fiberglass layers. We wanted to ensure the core was protected so the pilot holes were drilled and then a second oversized hole was drilled to the bottom fiberglass layer.
Once the oversized holes were drilled the cavity was filled with 610 marine epoxy.
The frame was bolted in place and the water-lift muffler and gas/water separator unit were installed.
Once the frame was completed and in place the construction of the fish cleaning station enclosure could begin. The unit is constructed of 1/2 " Starboard sides and a 1" Starboard top.
Mid-construction detail photo showing the radius on the base and top.
The completed fish-cleaning, 6KW concealing cock-pit station.
Once the enclosure was completed the generator was prepared for transport to the dock. The plan was to roll the generator down to the end of the dock on the dolly and lift it into place using the aft mast usually used for loading the dingy.
Positioning the generator including through-bolting to the 3/16" 2X2 frame members.
Adding the sound enclosure.
All new Parker fuel lines with field installed fittings were fabricated for the installation.
Fuel line installation shown.
Part of the installation required a new 240 volt panel, with the ability to switch between shore, 12KW and 6KW sources. We also added several 240 volt consumers such as a water maker, washer / dryer, SCUBA compressor, crash pump, 48 volt battery charger, oven and cook-top.
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