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

http://www.etaengineering.com/windpower/air-x_marine.shtml

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,
Kapt. Krusty NO MOVING PARTS TO MAINTAIN)


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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