Originally Posted by ChrisseH
This means that a wind generator
is mainly useful during sailing and at anchorages where there is at least 6 m/s of average wind. And even in windy conditions the wind in a sheltered anchorage tends to be so variable that it will be hard to reach 6 m/s in average.
So GTom, you are right, to increase the solar capacity is the way to go. And if there is limited space, use fuel cell charging as an option. Fuel cells are quiet and works well also in dark, but are expensive and requires special fuel.
It's horses for courses. What suits one is not necessarily right for another. On my boat
I have solar and a Rutland 1200. However I also have all led and a super efficient fridge plus modern radar
which are more power efficient. I don't go in marinas
so am always anchored or occasionally on a buoy. I have never had to start my engine solely to charge batteries
. So to have a combination charging system of wind and sun is important. The sun gives me by far the most imput,but boy do I appreciate the wind generator
when the weather
front comes through. Also it's wonderful whilst sailing. I wouldn't be without it, but couldn't rely on it for my sole power source. It complements what I have.
I don't have a deep freezer
maker or large inverters to power household electrics. So as I said earlier, it's horses for courses. I've lived on my boat
and cruised extensively since 1976. I hope that helps.