Hi everyone. I was working on a new build boat 2 years ago, and we installed a d400 wind
gen, more or less based on the reviews
I've seen around here. We didn't get anywhere near the power output that was advertised - has anyone had better results? Also a friend here in Rhode Island
has had a similar experience with his, basically just gave up and added some more solar
as it wasn't keeping up. Nice and quiet, but the output was very low.
To answer the first few questions before they are asked:
1) yes we had large enough wire to the generator
(based it on factory recommendations and ABYC 3% voltage drop chart, then rounded up)
2) yes we ran it directly to the regulator
, then to the batteries, nothing in between to interfere.
3) yes we had wind
- transatlantic passage
in the trade
winds, should be peak time for good output, right?
4) yes we tried adjusting the regulator
to increase output per the operations manual - seriously we spent 2 months playing with it
My impression is that it just doesn't have the output, compared to the KISS or even the horrible noisy old Air Marine
I cruised with for 3 years. Incidentally the new $500 blue blades for the Air Marine
help a lot - working on a boat now that has them and it's nearly quiet.
Anyway, let me know if you have had a better experience, preferably with some wind speed vs. incoming amps data. I would love to be proven wrong on this