As I started this thread I thought I should update. Re: the ECO Cruising Monitor supplied by FP, we have removed ours and installed an alternative. As we already had the tank level monitors we installed the Blues Seas VSM.
The Hydrogenerator, we suggested to FP that it be removed from under the bridge deck
as their install is not effective. After much discussion with boatowners doing the Oyster Round the World
Rally that have this unit installed on their stern, generally their was a positive response to the power generation capability of the unit, but that the mount needed to be significantly beefed up to handle the unit. One critical aspect was the units ability to swing laterally like a rudder
to handle those cross seas. The FP install does not allow for that, nore does it provide sufficient force to hold the unit vertical in the water
On monohulls the unit is protected whilst in the water
on the stern by being just offset from the rudder/keel line. On the Helia it is exposed to Ocean debris between the hulls. So overall in hindsight I believe the unit is worthwhile but we would now prefer that it be installed on the stern also. FP have not agreed to this so we will have to wait to see how it all pans out after its recent repairs
by the dealer. Our dealer has been magic, contrary to many of the experiences of others! As we move onto the boat full time at the end of this month I will be able to provide much better info on the performance of the Hydrogenerator. Hope everyone had a good new Year.