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Old 11-08-2014, 15:02   #136
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Re: Are Wind Generators even worth it?

Additional to the last posting, the battery bank (house one) is never discharged more than 60%. When this level is reached the Generator starts automatically.
It is started manually to have hot water or to run the watermaker or any other device that is power-greedy.
This means that out of the 700 Ah, only 280 are available.
With the equipment mentioned there was amost on need for running the engine or the alternator during the last 2 crossings as long as the speed is more than 5 knts.
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Old 14-03-2015, 13:17   #137
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Re: Are Wind Generators even worth it?

I have 750W of solar on my Lagoon 440 via an Outback FlexMax 80A MPPT. Power from my 100Amp/hr motor alternators, solar, or genset go to my near-new 3 X 225 Amp/hour Rolls AGM batteries. On our recent Atlantic crossing to the Carib, I had to run the genset 2 hours per day to keep up with 2 X 12V fridges, a 12V Deep Freeze, and the auto-pilot running 24/7, plus chart plotters, etc. I'm now committed to adding a D400 wind generator and 2 more Rolls AGM batteries. The issue in lots of cases isn't about generating the power, its about storing it! I plan to full-time live-aboard cruise for another 3 years min including a Pacific crossing, so I think the expense of covering all bases is well justified. See us at Finally My Darling
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Re: Are Wind Generators even worth it?

Solar is great....but....
Most cruising boats have a very hard time finding room to mount the amount they really need. So I counsel people to first put as much solar as can possibly fit on the boat and then if budget allows you install a wind generator. A wind gen works in concert with your other charging devices but even as a manufacturer of the KISS I don't sell it as a stand alone power solution, that would be setting up the client for disapointment in my view.
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