Since Bash seems to be bashing, I will step up and admit that I'm another cruiser who despises the Air-x units. I don't find Mark Johnson's description an exaggeration at all, let alone a gross exaggeration. Maybe some of you have become deaf enough living under them to consider them quiet, but they are obnoxious. No different than firing up an open frame generator
. And like Mark Johnson said, they are the ONLY windgen that anyone ever complains about the noise
. That says a lot.
Good mounting of these units only makes them more pleasant to the occupants below. It does nothing to quiet the banshee screaming inherent in the design that those anchored around the units suffer with.
And if you read these types of threads, you will run into statements from owners saying things like "I find it comforting that they wake me up at night when the wind
pipes up", or "I consider it a safety
feature that warns me when a storms blows up at night". WTF?
However, the blue aftermarket blades are magic. Really. We have friends with an Air-X who installed these and the unit is now completely quiet. The quietest unit out there. We have had the pleasure now of being anchored next to several boats with these blades and they are dead quiet. Hardly even a soft whooshing sound, and not audible at all from even a close anchoring