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New davit with wind and solar charging



Here is the result of the new davit I had built. I went with two Air-X wind generators (one 12V and one 24V) and one 130 amp solar panel. There are two 6000 lb rule winches installed to lift the 14' hardbottom dingy that has a 50 HP 2 stroke Mercury outboard. The winches easily lift the dingy with the the driver and passengers to the deck level. I had two teak platforms mounted so kids (and kids at heart) can jump off the davit which sits 12' off the water from the platforms. While the davit looks big, I am very happy with the way it turned out and look forward to using all the features in the Caribbean where the boat will eventually live. I will let you all know how much power I end up making with the wind and solar as well as how much noise the Air-X makes. Thanks for all the comments and info supplied that helped in making the decisions on which components to use.
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Sorry, I didn't mean to post two pictures, just learning how to insert pictures.
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Just curious as to what size boat this is on??
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The boat is 57' with an 8' bow sprit. Now I am sure they will add 4' for the davit and dingy off the back so I guess I have a 69' boat now lol. She draws 7' and in 15' wide with a 70' mast.
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Ouch... your boat is over twice the length of mine, with the bowsprit and davits, and almost as wide...but mine is a multihull...
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Took my boat out for a shakedown today. Air-X was barely noticable, and was easily forgotten. About 10 knots of wind and it kept my one group 24 running fridge, depth, a/p, and stereo well enough to cycle off. They seem to live up to the hype.
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I think I'd rather go with the DuoGen instead. Gives the option of being used as a water generator, as well as an air generator. But not really all that needed on my boat, as I have two 130W solar panels that handle all of what i need and then some, at least on sunny days.
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I'll be adding solar panels down the road. Wanted something that would work day or night first, as I'll be living on the hook starting Nov.

dsbently.....I think you'll like your Air-X.
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If you have any questions about the solar panels, let me know.
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Only real question is were to put 'em. Have a pretty narrow and busy transom, so I'll probably have to redo the whole bimini and everything to fashion a good mount. Thanks for the offer though, never afraid to ask when I don't know .
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