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Posted: 18 Jun 2007 at 5:24am
I may have an opportunity to aquire 1 (maybe 2) of these:


has anyone out there seen something like this on a boat like the dolphin? would one take them down when sailing? I imagine a bad haircut...

Posted: 30 Aug 2009 at 11:39am
Greetings KR;
Wind generators are cool!! BUT? Do you really want one on a 24' boat?
I have one deep cell 12V battery to operate my lighting , run my radios and bilge pump, recharge Gps and cel phone etc.
A small solar panel mounted on top of the front sliding hatch cover more than keeps my battery topped up, and really is not in my way.
Pleasant sailing,

Posted: 09 May 2016 at 11:19pm
I had two 95s, an M25 solar panel with a rail clamp mechanism and a charging coil on my Suzuki 8hp. I usually stowed the outboard in the cockpit locker while making passages so relied on just the solar panel to charge batteries. In rough weather I took the panel off the stanchion and stowed it below. With charged batteries, I could do an 8 day passage leaving the VHF on but not using it to transmit much unless I sighted an approaching ship, use nav lights most of the night each night, and use red lensed 12 volt florescent only long enough to write in log every hour. I would put the solar panel out of the sunny side of the boat during daylight hours when weather permitted. In essence I used electricity sparingly. New lighting technology and better solar panels mean even more longevity today. I cruised from late 80s to early 90s. I had nicads and a charger for my Walkman stereo for watches at night. I wired two cigarette lighter outlets into the boat for stuff like the charger, etc. I also had a cassette stereo that I used sparingly when I could use solar panel. One to port I left panel out all day every day and played stereo whenever I wanted. Within a day or two the batteries would be topped off again. Wind generator is bulky, has a rapidly whirling blade, great for a bigger boat with space to set up and to stow but probably not too practical for a 24-footer. Today's solar panels are the hot technology. Easy to stow because they are flat. No moving parts.
john barbara joyce

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