We have an older 4-winds on our boat... I ordered an older model as it has brushes
(4 each) The newer unit is brushless.. The reasoning is that with the unit with brushes
, I can fix it anywhere, if it ever fails.. its been atop the boat for 7 years now and I've changed the brushes once.. didnt need it, but I changed them out anyway..
Instead of using the regulator
from 4-winds, I opted for the Morning star regulator
with the "dump Load" which I've run to my waterheater..
I looked at the DuoGen but I'm kinda glad I didnt.. Most of the time we're out, we travel about 3 to 5 days a month.. the rest of the time we're at anchor
Ive also got a solar
system that I run throu a Morningstar regulator.. between the solar and the 4-winds, our system is always up in the 85% area, and I've never seen my batteries drop below 12.6...