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Old 18-09-2010, 10:46   #1
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Mizzen-Mounted Air Breeze / Climbing Harness

Can anybody recommend a solid mount system for my Air Breeze Gen, midway up the mizzen mast. One that is free to generate 360 degrees. This is the only viable option I have at this point. The one I saw on the internet looked cheap and way too expensive for what your buying. Any positive suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Also, I was looking for a climbing harness for getting myself aloft safely, will any ole climbing rig do or is there a system cruisers prefer? Thanks
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Old 18-09-2010, 13:46   #2
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I mounted ours at the top of the mizzen mast. Easy to make a bracket to hold the pipe mount style bracket.
It's a little further away, even as quite as a KISS is, it's even quiter up there, plus it keeps birds off the masthead.
As for going up the stick,I have mast steps and a bosun's chair with a halyard for safety....
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Old 18-09-2010, 23:37   #3
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Thanks U.D, Glad to see you have a Gulfstar Ketch as well. Did you just have a mount fabricated? Do you have any pictures of the rig? Did you consider mounting the gen midmast? Hows the vibration?
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Petzl climbing harnesses are available from REI - Outdoor Gear, Equipment and Clothing for Your Fall Family Camping Adventures. or Outdoor Gear - Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) - Équipement d'activités de grande nature Professional (ie, padded) rescue harnesses are available from CMC Rescue Equipment
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Old 19-09-2010, 06:43   #5
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If it isn't too late, your best bet is to choose a quieter brand. The (Air Marine / Air-X & Air breeze) units are the loudest in the indistry, and it is an annoying high pitched "weed Wacker" sort of sound that can be heard easily for 1/4 of a mile! (Air-X) The "Air Breeze" doesn't travel as far as it's brothers, but it would be antisocial in a crowded anchorage to run them, except in the middle of the night when folks aren't lounging in their cockpits. If you got the small, less powerful, Ampair, LMV, etc units, they would be silent, and you could run them 24/7... so get more amps in the long run. OR if max output is important, The KISS brand will outshine the Air Breeze, but not having those skinny tapering blades, the Kiss makes a soft "whirring" fan sound, that is not very loud or annoying.

Any of these can be mounted in the mizzen, and that is an excellent place for them, but when we replaced our wind generator 10 years ago, for an extra 110 W solar pannel, we found the following... Since we seek protected anchorages, wind gave us "0" amps most of the time, followed by 500% of our needs on occasion. Solar gave us most of our needed amps, 95% of the time, and are more reliable, with a longer lifespan. AND they are quiet. (Between our 4 panels, adding up to 280 W total, we have our batteries charged completely by about mid day, 95% of the time!)

IF you add a wind unit close by the solar panel, like on the same arch, the shading of the solar panel, created by the wind unit, does more harm (amps wise) than the gain from the wind. GO ALL SOLAR IF YOU CAN! Othrwise, go as quiet as you can... It's more fun to have friends along the way.
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