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--- In amelyachtowners@..., xygakis <no_reply@...> wrote:
I have an Air X on my mizzen and it has served me well. I installed an Air Marine about 11 years ago in Trinidad and replaced it with the much quieter Air X about 5 years ago. It produces up to 400 watts in a stiff breeze and will run everything on the boat. In conditions when the wind is in the 20+ knot range, I don't have to run the generator at all. On average, I estimate that it reduces my generator hours by over half.
I mounted it on an aluminum pole on top of the mizzen. The pole is welded to a base the same size as the top of the mizzen, with 4 gussets at the base to add strength. I mounted the whole thing on a piece of hard rubber (that was intended to go around a dock post in the harbor) the was also the size of the top of the mizzen. I attached it to the mizzen with 6 bolts that are in hard rubber tubes (from a car front strut) and have hard rubber disks (also from a car suspension) isolating the bolt heads and nuts—rather like small engine mounts. After 11 years, the mount has required no maintenance.
If you install one, it is important to use a large enough wire size. I added an ammeter and on/off switch and mounted it in the locker over the pilot berth—which is along the path of the wire to the batteries.
SM 216 LADYBUG