Just got off the dock
and on the hook permanently. Still have to go to work 1 day/week. I finished installing Fourwinds II, and two Kyocera
. I equilized the two trojan scs225(130AH) 2 years old, and added two more. ($115/battery). I also threw in my exide deep cycle from 2003 for a total of 640 AH.
I am extremely happy. The radio
didn't stop blasting for the last 3 days, and the inverter
is almost always on, which I use to run the laptop
and charge the cordless tools I have. Still doing some work while at anchor
RI. Fridge (Danfoss BD50 compressor) is keeping the burgers frozen but I am still in cold New England
Fourwinds II is the greatest thing ever. I am sitting under the bimini
and the wind
is louder than the blades. The output I cannot even evaluate cause the batteries are topped off by the kyoceras all the time. I did shut off the solar panels
and was reading about 3-5 amps in around 10kts of wind
comming out of the fourwinds II. yesterday morning it was blowing 25-30 and I tried shutting down the blades. It worked pretty good. It took 2-3 seconds to slow the blades to a stop using the switch. I climbed the stern rail quickly to turn it away from the wind and shut it off. I am very happy wit the thing. Might order the air brake so i can leave it unattended.
pannels are even better. On a clowdy and rainy day I still have 3-4 amps commig in. I did see once 16 amps comming in from the kyoceras. They are mounted on top of the bimini
top. At 130W each they are rated for 8+ amps max. I get a trickle charge out of them as late as 7 PM.
More updates to come as life on the hook continues.