Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 29-12-2015, 04:59   #1
Senior Cruiser

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: On the boat WhooHoo!! In Corpus Christi, TX
Boat: 1982 Cape Dory 36 Hull #78
Posts: 431
Wind Turbine Reviews

Couldn't find what I was looking for on CF so i figured I'd start a thread to help.
Please post reviews, links to reviews and sites that will help us determine the best wind turbine for our boats.
The Truth About Small Wind Turbines
SSgtPitt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-12-2015, 05:20   #2
Senior Cruiser
StuM's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Port Moresby,Papua New Guinea
Boat: FP Belize Maestro 43
Posts: 7,239
Re: Wind Turbine Reviews

Posted on the other thread in response to your query:

Review of various wind generators from Yachting Monthly:
StuM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-12-2015, 05:37   #3
Senior Cruiser
Vasco's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Toronto
Boat: CS36Merlin, "La Belle Aurore" Ben393 "Breathless"
Posts: 7,279
Re: Wind Turbine Reviews

Lots of real world experience posted on CF. Do a search.

I've had three over the years:

1. Windbugger, good output, old technology, high maintenance. Now out of production. (ten years with this one)

1. KISS, simple, good output, low maintenance, manufacturer provided parts list available from automotive stores. (nine years with this one)

3. D400, complicated, heavy unit, amazing output. Expensive. ( Only used it two winters so far.)

All above units don't put out much (under 4 amps) under 10 knots. Between 20 and 25 knots they perform best except the KISS gets hot and the thermolswitches? shut it down. The D400 goes on forever but as I said is complicated with a charge controller and resisters to dump the load. The other two units have no charge controller and rely on the operator. I never left them on when not on the boat but with the D400, I leave it on all the time. Also the D400 is surprisingly quiet. The Windbugger was the noisiest but much quieter than WindMarines. With the D400 I miss the noise when it honks as this used to be my prompt to get up and check the anchor.
Rick I
Toronto in summer, Bahamas in winter.
Vasco is online now   Reply With Quote

reviews, wind

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Reviews of the Typmar Maglev Vertical Wind Turbine Zephyrs Marine Electronics 17 15-09-2015 19:49
windgen or turbine reviews where sonAdmiralson Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 7 25-02-2013 09:09
Selling Air X wind turbine, brand new Big bliss Classifieds Archive 0 12-05-2009 12:11
Wind Turbine Mast Design Considerations RBEmerson Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 9 01-12-2008 08:04

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 15:40.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.