Anyone has (or has had) this model and would care to share opinions and experiences?
Mine was bought in January 2001 (two thousand and one, yes) and came with the boat but I have never run it so far, it's been just sitting idle and tied n locked and I would like to establish if it would be feasible to invest any money/time into this old unit and buy the new blue silent blades for this one. I understand the blades cost about 400 USD so not cheap
. Hopefully that would be it. but not necessarily, as we are talking about an old item here.
I do realize this topic is very much governed by personal opinions and circumstances, but since I don't know much about this product I would like to learn more. What i do know is that it was the predecessor of the "AIR X", which in turn has already been replaced by a new model also, I believe. However, the AIR marine
and AIR X apparently are identical on the outside, but that's as much as I know. I believe they sold well in their time, but having searched the forum last week I got the impression that not so many owners were so happy with this unit.
For me, doing daytime cruising only here in the tropics, the only benefit from this wind
genny that I can think of would be to get some charge at anchorage during night time, as I have 680W (old) solar
for daytime charging
. But for night time nothing. So a wind
genny might give a few amps and keep batteries better over night running the fridge and the lights and fans, etc. So yes, that would be the only benefit for me, night time charging
at anchorage, that I can think of right now, unless someone else can enlighten me?
I'm attaching a video demonstrating the sound levels with the new less noisy blades by Spreco (I have no association with the product nor the shop in the video), so if the genny really was that silent it would be great, but the blades are still bloody expensive... Please note, I am not trying to establish if this genny would be less noisy with the new blades (I know it would be) but rather I am trying to establish if it is worth investing money
and effort into this or should I spent it elsewhere. (I know, its very personal Q, kinda like do you like blondes or brunettes, but let me ask anyways...
This device has an internal regulator
, but an external regulator
may in some cases be installed (says in manual); anyone done this? Happy or not?
So.. should I just ditch this wind genny or invest in the new blades?
Is it crap or a jewel?