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Old 16-01-2013, 15:10   #1
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Wind generator experiences...

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Before all thank you for allowing me to be a member of this forum! I plan to go for sailing to the Pacific and I would like to achieve power independance. Therefore, I look for the installation of a Wind generator. I handle 2 batteries with 95 Amps/each and I have hooked up my instruments, as also a 5 Amp fridge. By looking which generator brand to choose, all of them claim to be the best, all the rest of their competitors are incompetent to handle power generation and I cannot establish a trusty opinion. Who of you has what experience with wind generators?
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Re: Wind generator experiences...

Syserenity, I can only speak from non-technical experience. We have a Beneteau 41 in the Caribbean where one can count on about 15knots of average wind. We installed a new Southwest Windpower Air Breeze as recommended by a member of our group, who is an electrical engineer and researched them all. This wind generator has a sophisticated solid state charging regulator built into the head allowing it to be connected directly to the battery bank. We have new AGM house batteries and a new 12V Isotherm refrigerator. We have no problem maintaining a fully charged house battery system running the refrigerator almost full time. I know that this isn't very technical, but it is our practical experience. We love it. gts1544

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Old 16-01-2013, 15:36   #3
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I had excellent service for over 10 years from the previous generation of Rutland windcharger. The newer generation Rutland claims more power, but these are relatively low ouput generators still. In tradewind areas they may be enough for you, but I still think a mix of solar and wind and engine is best. The Rutland could be run underway and in high winds at anchor, while many of the bigger ones are limited in when you can use them.
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Old 19-01-2013, 16:07   #4
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Re: Wind generator experiences...

You should do a search in this forum on the topic of wind generators. Like the anchor threads, there are many opinions on various manufacturers or whether WG's are worth the cost. Certainly solar panels are worth installing especially in the Pacific.

After reading all the previous mentioned threads I went for a KISS and found it to be worth it. If money was no object, I would have bought an Aerogen with the water towing capacity. KISS WG;s are simply constructed with easily obtainable parts. I have not wired in a regulator as the manufacturer feels that it cuts out too much of the production curve. However, you need to be prepared to tie off if leaving the boat.

I had a Rutland on a previous boat 7 years ago fitted with a regulator. It definitely was not worth the cost. It was nice & quiet but never put power in worth a damn.

KISS is a little louder but much more efficient. Air Marines are too noisy to live with, IMHO. But that is a whole can of worms not worth revisiting.
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I'm into the Aerogen's... quiet and they do the job..
Never understand how folk can put up with the racket many put out..
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Bad experience with southwest windpower here and wouldn't buy from them again. Parts cost a fortune and failures were often. When a manufacterer charges that much for parts it irks me to no end. Before purchasing take a look at part prices and see if you could buy 5 new ones for what the individual parts would cost to build one.
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Please don't get an Air-X. In a strong wind -- exactly when you want a wind generator -- they sound like an airplane taking off.


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