Re: [Amel] Re: Wind Generator on an AMEL 54

Richard Piller <richard03801@...>

We have the same basic system as Miles on our SM 209 and it works very well. IF
we had to we'd do the same again..
Richard on SM 209 For Sale in Annapolis

From: milesbidwell <mbidwell@...>
To: amelyachtowners@...
Sent: Fri, November 19, 2010 10:07:50 AM
Subject: [Amel] Re: Wind Generator on an AMEL 54

--- In amelyachtowners@..., xygakis <no_reply@...> wrote:

I would like to install a six kilo Air Breeze wind generator on top of the
mizzen mast.

Is there anyone who has already made such an installation and who could give me
all details about the necessary support post of this installation?

With thanks in advance


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.



Newport, RI

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