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Quick summary--I have a wind bugger. While it is rugged and works, I would not get another one, because of the customer service of the factory, the brushes and the delicate magnets (falling off....).
The Miami boat show this year had a shootout of the various units. Air-X was VERY noise. In theory it was redesigned to be quieter, but if so, they did not succeed. Of the larger units, KISS looked very good. Of the smaller units, in addition to the Rutland, I think the Aerogen 6 gets good press and has a good reputation--especially for being quiet.
I totally concur--mount it very well!
Debate rages about regulators--IMHO, you need a regulator if the total battery capacity is not large. But if you have huge battery banks and don''t leave the boat unattended for long periods of time, they are probably overkill.