This was my first season boating and I have not had a generator on my two previous boats. I bought the boat used with 55 hours on it and the previous owner order the generator option. I just read through the manual on my Kohler 5 Kw generator and it seems to require a lot of maintenance along with the 1 hour per week "exercise" regimen. Since I will always be connected to shore power at the dock I would not need it unless there were a power outage. So what do you guys use this $11K piece of equipment for in your boating?