I'm surprised at the assertion that most cruisers you've spoken with state that wind generators are a waste of money
. Oddly enough, I have yet to meet a cruiser here in the Caribbean
that told me as much. I have a D400 unit which, as mentioned earlier in this thread is quite heavy, but I am very happy with it and it produces power silently at very low wind speeds. I wanted a vertical wind generator
, but didn't find any models available when I was in the market for one. My preference for the vertical design was for the volume of space it takes and that there are no dangerous rotors flopping around at speed.
comes mainly from turbulent airflow and is a more a matter of blade design, cleanliness, and laminar flow than generator