2004 Engine Preview Page 28
Engines — Elizabeth
Ginns Britten, Capt. Ken Kreisler, and Capt. Patrick Sciacca
2004 Engines Preview
|Gasoline Gensets: Westerbeke|
The small-boat owner has often had to rely on battery power or an inverter (at best) for supplying power onboard. Westerbeke, however, has launched a 3-kW genset aimed to help the small-boat owner run that air conditioner or coffee pot.
Dubbed the 3.0 BPMG (a.k.a. MVP3), this 165-pound, 24.6"x13.6"x14.5", on-the-water electric plant should fit many engine compartments. A number of smaller gensets work on a single cylinder, which means they run at high rpm, making for a loud unit. The MVP3 doesn’t come with a soundshield, so Westerbeke has employed a two-cylinder system that allows the genset to operate at 2200 rpm, which should reduce painful engine whine.
Other notable features of the MVP3 include, but are not limited to, one-touch startup, electronic governing, battery charger, belt-driven raw-water pump, vibration mounts, and overspeed protection.
Westerbeke Phone: (508) 823-7677. www.westerbeke.com.
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This article originally appeared in the December 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.