[Amel Yacht Owners] Wind generator on top of the mizzen mast


Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

Good morning Paul,

The previous owner of my vessel installed an Air X Marine Wind Generator (24 Volt) on top of the mizzen mast.
I think this is a great location despite a difficult access.
The vibration felt through the mizen mast in the half cabin are very minimal, just took a little of getting use to it.
I often get comments that, because of its high position, mine is the only one working !

Unfortunately it stop charging 2 years ago and since I am not too crazy climbing up there it has not been high on my priority of things to do…
I wish it was working as it definitely offset some power consumption while sailing.
I might hire a rigger to look at it soon.

Wish I could you more than just feedback on vibration…

Sincerely, Alexandre
SM2K #289 NIKIMAT
Club Nautico de San Juan, Puerto Rico





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On Sun, 6/19/16, osterberg.paul.l@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Wind generator on top of the mizzen mast
To: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Sunday, June 19, 2016, 7:05 AM


 









Hello! We
are thinking of adding a wind generator to complement our
650 w of solar power.
On cloudy days, during night sailing and in windy anchorage
in the Caribbean I
think it might be a good complement. But where to put it? We
do not like to put
in on the solar arc as it will give shadow on the solar
panels, thus reducing
output from the solar panels which will give the majority of
the
power. One place we believe might be a god spot is on top of
the mizzen mast,
but it has some draw backs. -Not possible to lock in
strong wind conditions-difficult to
service-could be
subject to very strong forces when going upwind
and pounding into the waves. With the
wind generator on top of the mizzen it can experience severe
de-acceleration and need to be fastened very
strong. On a previous boat when sailing up wind in rough
conditions our
combined tricolor and anchor light broke loose and fell down
on deck, due to
severe de-acceleration. Any
experience and advice highly appreciated on where to best
place the wind generator, We do like to fly the mizzen
balooner, thus on the mizzen mast fare from
ideal We are
currently choosing between Silent wind, Super wind and D 400
from Dougen. Noise
and vibration are at least as important criteria as
efficiency. Any
thoughts of which to go for? The Superwind is by fare the
most expensive one. Paul on
S/Y Kerpa SM#259     

































 










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