Originally Posted by senormechanico
Do what way too many cruisers do, right above their solar
This is a good observation and a good question from the OP.
I think some boats try to cram too much on the stern and solar performance pays the price
Presently focusing on a new Solar system, but also planning ahead for wind-power energy if we feel it is justified.
With a schooner Rig I have the option to mount a wind gen on Aft Mast.
Keeping in mind Zanshinís caution about weight above and also wiring
runs, this sketch looks like a practical compromise, by shifting the Radar Antenna
down 2 steps and putting Wind-Gen above
Not concerned about the stability issue as I tripled my House bank capacity and installed them down low in the middle.
Thus Adding about 620 kilos extra ballast just above the keel.
Pluses I see from this location:
- Good wind draw under sail
- Same wiring lengths as a Stern Installation.
- Less salt Spray than a Stern Installation.
- Quieter than a Stern Installation.
- Below first spreader for Maintenance and not hanging over the water
- Established wiring runs
- Leave masthead free for sensors and antennas
- Shadow Clear of Solar Modules.
Only downside I see on a mid-mast installation is added heel on wind gen when you are sailing hardÖÖ
I don't know if heel is an issue with a wind gen??
Interested in opinions/suggestions from those who have installed a Wind-gen about this position?