Am very new to this forum.
Have just purchased an Air X (last july '07) replacement for a 12 year old 'Air Marine' which served us faithfully and efficiently through some really strong winds etc. Sited ontop of our mizzen mast
- NOT - a quiet option but very efficient and we were very happy with 'AMY'. She sadly died last summer and we opted to replace her with Air X after being advised she was not repairable.
We had a very short summer 'season' swinging round the 'hook' we also had to replace our battery
bank - ouch-!! upgrading from 300 to 500 Ah. We'd noticed that we were'nt getting a full whack from the genny but thought nothing more about it. during the winter, in port with some strong wind we noticed an alarming noise
from the 'switched off' Air X, over 2-3 seconds it would 'wind up & stop with a 'thump'. It made sleeping impossible so the captain
climbed the mizzen and tied it off. Here started a long protracted 'conversation' with the supplier - from UK & manufacturer in the US. It's a very long unhappy saga but ultimately the unit was removed from the mast
, tested, by us, under instruction and finally returned to the UK supplier.
It's sadly another of the 'first time this has happened' stories (wish we'd got a euro/pound/dollar for every one of these we've come accross!!) Apparently the unit is too clever for it's own good and the brushes
had managed to fill the unit with carbon dust - as these, according to the blurb - should last a lifetime - we are at a loss to understand why. Anyway the unit is on it's way back to us but we are very dissalusioned with the whole thing. We've been advised that 'the nature of the beast - wind generators-are going to go wrong and we should get solar panels!!! We do have solar power and have in the past managed really well with the combination (Med & Canaries) after spending a lot of money
it's not a happy situation.
Your comments would be gratefully recevied. Sorry about the rambling nature of this post.