'So if the Corumel winds blow all night long, wouldn't having a wind generator spinning away in the breeze be a little bit annoying when trying to sleep?
Especially if you have an aft cabin
Yes, bearing noise, wind blade noise, and vibration can all be a problem, and I don't like the noise, myself. However, I tell myself that it is the sound of cold beer
happening, and have learned to live with it on my own boat. The bearing noise is helped by putting in new bearings, and sometimes the vibration can be helped by a more secure mounting, but the old blades are just noisy.
The noise generated by someone else's wind generator is a little harder to cope with if it is bothering you. I think I'd ask Jim to move the boat if someone else is making noise that keeps me awake and unhappy if I couldn't "live and let live" myself out of it, but we have an electric windlass
that makes getting the hook up easy. And of course, sometimes, there's no other satisfactory spot in the anchorage.
Most sheltered anchorages
have the winds drop out at night, so if you can fall asleep, someone's wind generator is less likely to wake you. And you really can't blame them for wanting to have cold! I've cruised without refrigeration
, and with it is better...for me, anyhow.