I am not after a different wind generator
. The Air X (not this 50% and nevertheless noisy Air Breeze) is more powerful and less heavy than the competitors. Both of my Air X survived the 2004 category 4 hurricane
Ivan on the hard
with mounted, only switched off blades without any damage. Since then I trust their construction.
The only thing I really hate is their nerving whistle and noise.
is completely right. Southwest Windpower lied over the last 10 years, most foully. They always announced their engines to be "much more quiet" than the previous ones. The blades all the time stayed the same.
And: Southwest Windpower lied again with their Chinese Whisper: Buy the actual Air model now, we are very close to offer really silent blades very soon, you will get them as an update. Nothing came out over 10 years.
Southwest Windpower lies again announcing their Air Breeze. That machine is producing the same amount of noise between 10 and 30 knots. In April I was on a boat with 2 Airs, 1 Air X and 1 Air Breeze, stern mounted in a distance of about 4 yards. Their noise output under identical situations was identical.
I do not expect any silent blades from Southwest Windpower any more. Therefore my question in my last post based on 3 German discussion boards:
Trans Ocean discussion board
Bluewater Forum - Ausrüstung + Zubehör, über+unter Deck - neuer Air Marine / neue Flügel – fast geräuschlos? - Seite 1
, 107 postings since 2005: „Their noise level is very low. One can say, now the Air X is one of the most silent wind
generators on the market. I am enthusiastic.“)
YACHT discussion board
AirX FlüsterGen - YACHT-FORUM
(NELSON, 3903 postings since 2002: “Air X whisper generator”
and "The only thing you still hear from an Air X is the noise of its bearing.”)
BOOTE discussion board
neuer Air Marine bzw. neue Flügel – fast geräuschlos? - boote-forum.de - Das Forum rund um Boote
Before I will order those blades, I would appreciate to have some more feedback, as those blades were tested since about 6 months, but the producer’s website was opened only 2 weeks ago.
Thanks for any replies on that ...
, your idea is good, to place any wind generator
at or near the mast head
. The big disadvantage: Service
and maintaining is very complicated, and you are right: The vibrations really become amplified while travelling down the mast and throughout the boat. You permanently will even hear the bearings roll, day and night …
High above the davits
might be a good place. Have a look at the 4 Air X test websites:
Air X Marine long term test