Dont think I am reinstalling Generator, What is a Westerbeke 7.0 bcgc worth?

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  1. Smashpjp

    Smashpjp Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    273
    Aug 3, 2021
    Sandusky, Oh
    2001 340 Sundancer w/ 8.1L 496
    496 Merc 8.1L
    I purchased my 2001 340 this last year and the previous owner had removed the generator. He did a lot of his own maintenance on the 8.1s and it is very crammed with the genset pulled. He placed all the batteries in the old gen location and all the harnesses are still there for a re-install. I was planning on doing the re-install this spring, but I am really rethinking the hassle for what we gain from it. Its lake Erie, so its very easy to Island hop and get shore power almost anywhere. Most dont use their genset around here. Air-conditioning and microwave is basically what we would gain.

    The gen is a Westerbeke 7.0 bcgc with 540 hours vs the boats 900. Im guessing these were all on the 2 owners back when this thing was at Hilton Head. It has a new rebuilt carb on it and has been winterized. It runs well and we had it setup with a gastank and buckets for water cooling. Ran some power tools as a test. starts no issue. It also has all the installation parts, muffler and coolant reservoir. Everything is there if I wanted to re-install it in the boat.

    Since I would just need AC to run the Air on some daytrips mostly, I was thinking about selling the Generator and possibly building a separate lifePo4 bank for the house and installing an inverter. It seems for the scenarios we would need AC power that battery technology is almost there rather than dealing with the additional maintenance of a gas genset.

    Thoughts? What do you think this Westerbeke 7.0 bcgc is worth?
     
  2. Chris-380

    Chris-380 Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2019
    Pontoon Beach IL
    2000 380 Sundancer
    7.4L Horizon w/V drives
    Imo, a genny adds more resale value to the boat than you will make off selling it. lets say you sell it for $8-10k, i am betting it adds $15k to the value of the boat. those numbers may be a little high... but i bet installed and running the resale is at least $5k more...

     
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  3. jmauld

    jmauld Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 9, 2020
    Carolina Beach
    2010 Sundancer 390
    2016 Sea Hunt Ultra 211
    Twin 8.1l of gas guzzling iron
    Take a look at the current of your ac and figure out how much power it consumes in an hour. I think you will find that it will draw down a battery bank fairly quickly. Just make sure you can run it for the time that you intend to use it.

    To the point that Chris made, I passed up a nice meridian when I was looking because it didn’t have a generator. It was priced well below market value because of that as well. But I was looking for a year round boat, running the ac in summer and heater in the winter gives us an 11mo boating season.
     
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  4. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    Put her back in the boat. You'd spend more on the battery setup for a fraction of the functionality. At this size boat, buyers expect a generator. Even us northerners...mostly.
     
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  5. Strecker25

    Strecker25 Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    2002 410DA
    Caterpillar 350HP 3126
    For what it’s worth we walked from at least two 340’s when I was looking for one almost solely because they didn’t have a generator (and we’re still priced like they had one, imo)
     
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  6. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    +1 on this. Not having a generator will not only hurt your resale value it may make your boat more difficult to sell in the future. Many prospective buyers will walk away from a boat in this class without a generator - especially if it has been removed.

    -Kevin
     
  7. Golfman25

    Golfman25 Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2009
    IL
    281
    V8
    Right now it doesn’t matter that much as there are no boats available. But I agree. As a prospective buyer, a generator is a must. Even though we are on the Great Lakes it’s nice to have on those hot and humid days you want to chill out on the hook.
     
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  8. Smashpjp

    Smashpjp Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    273
    Aug 3, 2021
    Sandusky, Oh
    2001 340 Sundancer w/ 8.1L 496
    496 Merc 8.1L
    I was out at the boat today in storage. will need to take of engine manifold to get it back in. I don't think the generator will effect the sale price much in 5-6 years down the road for the age of the boat, but if I know the genset is solid it may be better to put it back in vs Lipo strategy. Im thinking I should review all the service point on the gen and see what it will take to get that all taken care of completely before planning an install.
     
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  9. jmauld

    jmauld Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 9, 2020
    Carolina Beach
    2010 Sundancer 390
    2016 Sea Hunt Ultra 211
    Twin 8.1l of gas guzzling iron
    You could just store the generator and reinstall when you’re ready to sell. It’s a heavy piece of equipment to haul around if you’re not using it.
     
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  10. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    I think you would be surprised by how much of an impact that gen (or lack thereof) could have in 5 years. Generators are a big draw for those “moving up” from smaller boats. For many reasons…
     
  11. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    Put it back
     
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  12. techmitch

    techmitch Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    May 1, 2008
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River/Frog Mortar Creek MD.
    1999 270 DA
    Twin 4.3s W/Alpa I Gen II's
    Yep, put back in, get it, and all associated/on line systems up and operational. Make the boat whole again. Use it loaded, they need to run. The added value of a good working generator on that boat has got to be at least 5-8k.
     
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  13. Carver370

    Carver370 Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2007
    New Buffalo Michigan
    2000 Sea Ray 400 Sundancer - Diesel
    T-3116 CAT - 350 HP
    The gen on my boat is the first thing started, and very last thing shut down every single time.
     
  14. Stray Current

    Stray Current Well-Known Member

    388
    Oct 27, 2019
    The F*** outta New Jersczystan, made it to Florida
    2007 260DA
    6.2 Horizon MPI/BravoIII
    Kohler 5ECD
    As a buyer, boats without a genset were of 0 interest, regardless of price.

    I’d put it back in

    yep, with the exception of the blower
     

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