Generator

March 20, 2017

The generator is placed in the starboard hull, in front of the black waters tank.

The generator has its own starter battery, not used for anything else nor connected to any other electrical equipment.  It is kept loaded by the generator.

Maintenance

Check the engine oil level daily or every 20 hours.
Check the fresh water glycol mixture in the expansion tank daily or every 20 hours.

Change the oil every 100 hours.
Check V-belt every 100 hours.  Press with thumb, must yield about 10mm.
Change the oil filter every 200 hours.
Clean fuel filter every year or as required.
Clean air cleaner element every year or every 600 hours.


Check the pump impeller by opening the pump every 200 hours when generator is in continuous use.  When not in use, the impeller ages just sitting there.  Check more frequently or after a long standstill.  If a vane is broken off, backflush the generator.  Connect a water hose to the hose that goes to the expansion tank (right hand hose, seen from front).  When changing the impeller, use glycerin and if necessary touch the starter to keep the vanes off the hole.  All the vanes must point in the same direction.

Replace impeller every year.
Check coolant connection block that acts as a sacrificial anode.

Oil change tools:
Tie wrap to attach oil drain hose
17 mm wrench
Medium size funnel.


When changing the oil and the oil filter approximately 3.1 - 3.2 liters of oil are needed.  The level must go up to the maximum mark on the dipstick.  Tighten the cartridge by hand.

When changing only the oil and not the oil filter approximately 2.5 liters of oil are needed.  The level will go to about 1 cm below the maximum mark on the dipstick .


Be aware that the remote panel of the generator has a fuse.

Matteo Papa di Elettromeccanica Papa, Marina di Ravenna did the (painful) startup.  2 years warranty after the startup.

 

Log

2009

March

Purchased the Fisher Panda generator.
June 11 Generator 14 hours Porto Levante
June 18 Generator 41 hours Valcacoia
June Generator 79 hours Changed oil
June 30 Generator 94 hours Dugi Otok
July 10 Generator 167 hours
August 12 Generator 280 hrs changed oil and filter
August 24 Generator 348 hrs Vieste
August 29 Generator 366 hrs Porto Levante
   
September Total generator hours for the year 366

 

2010

January 31 Started generator.
February 14 Generator 364 hrs Porto Levante
June 5 Generator 372 hrs Porto Levante
June 9 Generator 378 hrs Rovigno  Changed oil and oil filter
June 13 Generator 391.8 hrs  Ilovik anchorage.

June

The new fuel pump suggested by the manufacturer is very noisy.
  After the painful startup after more than one year no problems.
June 18 Generator 429 hrs Skradin anchorage
June 20 Generator 436 hrs
June 23 Generator 452 hrs
June 24 Generator 455 hrs
June 25 Generator 455 hrs
June 26 Generator 464 hrs
June 28 Generator 478 hrs changed oil and filter
July 1 Generator 499 hrs
July 3 Generator 524 hrs
July 16 Generator 585 hrs changed oil
July 26 Generator 626 hrs
August 5 Generator 688 hrs
August 7 Generator 691 hrs changed oil and filter
August 26 Generator 798 hrs changed oil
August 30 Generator 807 hrs Rocella Ionica
September 3 Generator 821 hrs Brindisi
September 9 Generator 827 hrs Porto Levante
September To check the oil level without removing the sound shield is difficult since it is hard to find the dipstick hole.
  The silentblocks upon which the generator rests are not marine since they rust!  Shame on the manufacturer.
   
September Total generator hours for the year 423

 

2010

June 23 Generator 452 hours.  Vela Luka anchorage.
June 24 Generator 455.6 hours.  Lastovo anchorage.
June 26 Generator 464.2 hours.  Korcula anchorage.
June 28 Generator 478.4 hours.  Badija island anchorage.
July 16 Generator 585 hours.  Preveza, Greece
August 7 Generator 691.1 hours.  Rocella Ionica.  Changed oil and oil filter.
  Generator has a salt water leak near impeller.  Tightened hose clamps.  Will it work?
September 9 Generator 827.1 hours.  Porto Levante


2011

March 23 Generator 827 hrs Porto Levante

April

Purchased a new starter battery of 60 Ah.

 

2012

January Run generator for a few hours in Vieste.
May 14 Generator 963.4 hrs in Bari.  Changed oil, oil filter, fuel filter, air filter, impeller (one vane broken, not found, belt.
  O curved hose in the front will have to be changed, hoseclamp cut into rubber.


2013

May

Generator 1259.9 hours.  Did the routine yearly maintenance.  No great problems
July 7 Generator 1402.9 hours.  Fuel pump broke and had to be replaced.


2014

July 7 Generator 1402.9 hours.  Fuel pump broke and had to be replaced.

July 15

Generator 1561.9 hours.
July 21 Generator 1586.8 hours in Porto Azzurro.
 

Changed the oil of the generator .  Replaced the fuel filter.  Did NOT change the oil filter. Replaced the impeller, still in good shape.  The hose going out of the raw water pump always leaks.
Replaced the generator fuel pump in the engine room
(None left)A few days ago started to make a funny noise.
There is a raw water leak in the Vetus muffler.  It must be replaced.

August 3 Generator 1633.4 hours.
August 10 Generator 1653.3 hours
August 12 Generator 1655.8 hours

 

2015

February 15

Generator 1657.6 hours.  Started and put under heavy load for 1 hr.
April 30 Generator 1660.1 hours in Genova
  Changed oil, fuel and air filters.  Changed impeller.
  Stopped leak at the bottom of the raw water pump (impeller)
  Changed Vetus muffler.
June 5 Generator 1680.4 hours Porto Azzurro
June 27 Generator 1674.6 hours changed oil.
July 2 Generator 1781.2 hours Porto Ferraio
August 3 Generator 1874.8 hours changed oil and oil filter in Porto Azzurro
August 22 Generator 1958.2 hours Porto Azzurro

September

Generator 1973.4 hours.  Genova.
   
September Total generator hours for the year 315.8

  

2016

April

Generator 1973.4 hours.  Genova.
  Changed oil, fuel and air filters.
  Rebuilt by Motonautica Angera raw water pump and changed impeller.
May Installed the rebuilt pump.
  Changed the starter battery.  Purchased a 70 Ah battery.
May 15 Generator 1973.4 hours.  Genova.  Left for France.
July 4 Generator 1996.7 hours.  Back in Genova.
July 10 Generator 2016.4 hours.  Marina di Campo.
July 11 Generator 2023.3 hours.  Marina di Campo.
August 6 Generator 2089    hours.  Porto Azzurro  Changed oil.
August 15 Generator 2130.7 hours.  Porto Azzurro .  Left for Genova
August 16 Generator 2134.1 hours.  Portovenere
August 16 Generator 2134.1 hours.  Back in Genova
   
August 23 Total generator hours for the year 160.7

 

2017

March 17

Generator 2134.4 hours.  Genova.
  Raw water pump cover leaked badly water.  The five brass screws got corroded and lost the head.
  Luckily the screw body was easy to remove.  Replaced with stainless screws.
   Changed impeller. Changed oil and oil filter.
 

 

Equipment

Generator

Fisher Panda 12.000 NE PMS

12.000 NE PMS Generator
Serial # C04-039-061 year 2008
Frequency 50 Hz
Nominal Speed 3000 RPM
Nominal Performance 10.2 kW
Nominal Performance 12.0 kVA
Continuous Performance 9.2 kW
Continuous Performance 10.8 kVA
Alternator Type HP1 (High Performance 1 phase Winding)
Nominal Voltage 230 Volt
Rated current each Phase 52.2 A
Continuous Current each Phase 47.0 A
Kubota D722 Diesel Engine
Serial # 7T5653
Code # 16968-72000
No. Cylinders 3
Bore and Displacement 719 ccm
Compression Ratio 23.0 : 1
Engine oil capacity 3.8 l
Engine oil type SAE 10W-40
Sound Cover
Material GFK
Dimensions Housing 705 x 445 x 590 mm
Total Weight of Generator 195 kg

The size of the hole through which the generator had to pass is 490 x 820 mm.

The fuel is drawn from the starboard engine fuel manifold and returned to the engine return fuel manifold.  A small pump located near the fuel manifold pressurizes the fuel line to the generator.  The pump is supplied by Fischer Panda.

Generator front

Remote Panel

The generator is controlled from a remote panel located on the bridge, above the AC breakers.

Be aware that the remote panel of the generator has a fuse.

The cable to the remote panel is 7 m long.

Purchased March 2009

 

Fischer Panda GmbH

The following manuals provided by the manufacturers are also part of this section:

Panda 1200 Generator Specifications
Panda Installation Manual
Panda PMS 12 Operation Manual

 

Silencer, Exhaust and Exhaust Hoses

Since the generator exhaust is below the waterline, the exhaust gases, mixed with raw cooling water must be forced up well above the water line.  All the generator exhaust system is manufactured by Vetus.

The exhaust gases and the cooling water go overboard together.  It would be possible to separate the gases from the water and eject the water below the waterline, but that would require another hole below the water level.

The exhaust-silencer is placed under the generator, and from there the exhaust gases are forced up to the silencer, siphon break and then overboard.

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Vetus marmitta silenziatore capacita' 10 litri Vetus NLP 50S

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Vetus silenziatore Vetus DEMPMP 40

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Vetus antisifone Vetus WLOCKLT 40
1 Vetus exhaust hose Vetus SLANG 40 - 51 mm

Vetus Italia srl

The following manual provided by the manufacturer is also part of this section:

Vetus Generator Exhaust Manual

 

Fuel Pump

The generator uses an auxiliary electric fuel pump located in the starboard engine room, near the fuel filters.  The pump works well but is very noisy.  It has a life of about 180 - 200 hours. 
If necessary after the pump breaks the generator can be run for a short time by pressurizing the fuel system with the main electrical fuel pump.  Do not use too much pressure by partially opening the bypass between fuel in and fuel out and leave the electric pump on.

 The auxiliary electric fuel pump is directly powered by the generator.

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Pierburg fuel pump Art. Nr G6P / 721440510 

 The Pierburg company is represented in Italy by Rhiag, near Milano.  Excellent service.


The following manual provided by the manufacturer is also part of this section:

Pierburg fuel pump manual

 

Generator Cooling Water

There is a dedicated generator engine cooling water inlet on the inboard side of the hull, protected by a Marelon ball valve and a water strainer.

The flanged valve is bolted to a flanged piece of aluminum pipe welded to the hull.  An O ring provides a seal between the two flanges.

Forespar's line of valves offer great strength, light weight, and complete freedom from corrosion and electrolysis making them the ideal valve for controlling inlet and outlet water requirements above and below the waterline. They are precision molded and then machined from high strength, glass reinforced MarelonŽ and incorporate TeflonŽ seals for long-life, trouble free operation.

Make sure that the valve is in the closed position when the generator is not in use or when leaving the boat unattended.

Lubricate twice yearly with Lanocote or any quality waterproof grease.


 

The water strainer is made of clear plastic, which makes checking flow easy.  The nylon filter basket can be removed without tools for cleaning.  Threaded 1 1/2" female inlet and outlet ports.

Do not add anti-freeze compounds to the water strainer.  They will cause deterioration of the plastic, causing it to crack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the Raritran sea water strainer  a 1" hose with a 20 mm ID goes to the generator cooling water inlet.

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Forespar Marelon flanged ball valves Forespar 904011, 1 1/2"

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Raritan Raw Water Strainer Raritan # RWS
West Marine 316390

 

Vetus MWHOSE water hose 51 mm I.D., 61 mm O.D.

Forespar Products Corporation
Raritan Engineering Company, Inc
Vetus Italia srl

The following manuals provided by the manufacturers are also part of this section:

Forespar Valves Manual
Raritan Sea Water Strainer Manual

 

Fuel Hoses

The fuel hoses to and from the generator must have an ID of 8 mm.

 

Vetus XXHOSE fuel hose 8 mm I.D., 61 mm O.D.

Vetus Italia srl

 

Battery

Since the generator battery is only used to start the  generator engine, the battery is a standard start battery battery, 70 Ah.  It has a 250 A fuse and battery disconnect switch.

 

Wiring

The maximum unprotected conductor length from the AC generator must be less than 7 inches.  However, up to 40 inches is allowed if the conductor is protected by a sheath or enclosure. (Boatsowner's illustrated handbook of wiring, p. 184.)

 

Honda 2KW i Portable Generator

 

Purchased Summer 2014

 


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