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Old 13-06-2013, 08:40   #1
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Iam back in the states and have a list of items to buy. One item is the "silent" blue blades at $379. Plus an adaptor for the a ir breeze. Generator is 2 years old, I don't mind the noise, but my wife has a problem with it.

Questio, are these blades really that much better? Especially for the money. Like to hear from those who have spent the money. Thanks Dave s/v aloisius
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Re: Blue blades

Hi Dave, I can't tell you yet how much better these blue blades are yet, but I have great expectations based on the research I could find. My previous generator was an older Air-X with the standard blades. I found it quite annoying when the wind piped up. I purchased a SilentWind generator, which is made by the same "blue blade" company. It uses the blades.

I'll be installing the new generator soon. Will report back here once I've had some time with it.
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Old 13-06-2013, 09:32   #3
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Re: Blue blades

Worth every penny. We first put them on an old air-403. Then, the blades got damaged in a storm, so we took the opportunity to replace the whole unit with a Spraco generator with the silent blades.

They are not "Silent", none are, but they are much less noisy then the stock blades on the air-x generators!!!

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Old 13-06-2013, 09:33   #4
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Re: Blue blades

I wish I could tell you. I have an Air Marine gen with the blue blades. When I bought my boat the factory black blades were shot so I have nothing to compare them to. I and my wife do not find them overly annoying even when in the cockpit and they certainly do not interrupt our sleep.
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I have them on an older AirX. They're a ton quieter.
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Worth every penny. We first put them on an old air-403. Then, the blades got damaged in a storm, so we took the opportunity to replace the whole unit with a Spraco generator with the silent blades. They are not "Silent", none are, but they are much less noisy then the stock blades on the air-x generators!!!
This is great to hear Chris. I'm installing our new Spreco generator this weekend. How long have you had yours? Any tips or suggestions on installation or operations?
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Questio, are these blades really that much better? Especially for the money. Like to hear from those who have spent the money. Thanks Dave s/v aloisius
I haven't spent the money (no windgen), but boats with the blue blades are among the few with windgens that we don't pick up anchor and move away from.

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I haven't spent the money (no windgen), but boats with the blue blades are among the few with windgens that we don't pick up anchor and move away from.

Mark
That sucks. The primary reason I have a wind gen is to keep other boats from anchoring near me
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Re: Blue blades

I think there is a big difference in noise from the earlier Air-X model to the current Air Breeze model. We've recently installed an Air Breeze with the stock blades. I can't say that we have a ton of experience with it yet, but thus far we don't find it objectionable as is.

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I think there is a big difference in noise from the earlier Air-X model to the current Air Breeze model.
Having now been anchored near close to 100 Air Breezes, I can say that yes, there is a difference, but we still pull up and move away. The Air-X sounds like a banshee about to tear right off the pole and rip through the anchorage taking no prisoners. The Air Breeze only sounds like it enjoys prisoners and means to waterboard them until they break.

Sorry, but those of us without windgens are the best qualified for judging how quiet the different models of windgens are. The only truly quiet ones that actually work are the D400 and anything with the blue blades. All other quiet ones are not worth having because of low output.

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Re: Blue Blades

But no postings of actual real world experience with putting blue blades on an Air BREEZE.

If anyone has that specific experience, it would be much appreciated to hear about it.

One vendor I deal with told me the blue blades will make no change in power output but will make a minor improvement in sound. Would like to get some idea of what that minor improvement is.

As an aside, the blue blades are reported to improve power output on the Air X as well as sound level.

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Here are some videos on Youtube that may help:

https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...be.BaHYfggMroM
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Re: Blue Blades

For those of you that do not have wind gens do you have enough solar to keep everything charged, very quiet? Or are you running your engine or a generator to top up, loud when running?
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Re: Blue blades

Nothing specific, they are pretty easy to install. Ours was easy as we were replacing a Air-403 installation. We just needed to run a third wire down, and remove the stop switch, as the regulator has on installed (and they specifially state you should not have another one).

Good luck with the install.

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This is great to hear Chris. I'm installing our new Spreco generator this weekend. How long have you had yours? Any tips or suggestions on installation or operations?
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