Originally Posted by JamuJoe
Most wind generator
installations that I see are at the stern on a pole or arch, where the wind
flow is often blanketed and the noise
source is close to the cockpit
. I am planning my installation of an Air X on my Leopard
42, and am inclined to place it on a bracket near the top of the mast
, just above the forestay/jib furler
. This will better ensure unobstructed wind and maximize distance to the noise
source. It will still be well clear of the wind instruments at the top of the mast. Are there any concerns regarding length of wire run, maintenance, or anything else that I am not thinking of? Has anyone a better suggestion?
I suggest that you switch to a quieter brand (= ANY brand NOT made by Southwest Wind Power) first... if not for yourself, out of consideration to others in the anchorage. (The noise from an Air X travels over 1/4 mile)! Then you could mount it on a shorter stern pole to keep the COG low. This is VERY important.
Mounting that much weight 2/3rds of the way up a mizzen mast, is as far up as it should go. The rule
with monohulls is that 1 extra pound at the mast head
, requires 100 pounds of extra lead in the keel
, to counteract it. This is due to the vastly longer lever arm of the mast VS the keel
With multihulls, the same principal applies. You will loose a considerable amount of righting moment, and add to the pitching. It is like having an anchor
that weighs 100 pounds MORE out on your bow! YIKES!
Something to think about... M.