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Air X Wind Generator on a 30 foot boat ?

The Air X Wind Generator is on sale and I was wondering on a 30 foot boat, where would you mount it ? The idea of a spinning blade right behind me doesn't give me a warm and fuzzy feeling. Any ideas?

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10' high stern pole.. since you don't have a mizzen mast on your boat. That would put the blades 8' off the deck. Unless you have Manute Bol or Yao Ming as a guest on your boat, you should be okay.

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Freesail99 - this seems like an Air-X land...not marine. Although some would say this is an ok deal, I'd venture a guess and say there's a reason why the marine unit is usually $300 more expensive than this model.

Look on the website - they have the Air-X marine on sale for $799. Cheapest I've seen a marine unit is around $730 + shipping.
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Having spinning blades that close to my head would not only scare the bejeasus out of me but would drive me crazy! Being only two feet from your head, what happens if you wave to a friend? You would have to change your name from Freesail99 to Lefty!

I would look into getting the largest pole possible, maybe 12’? Garhauer will make custom poles.....

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You have to balance height against weight aloft. The higher the pole, the more effect the weight aloft has. A 12' pole on the transom of a 30' boat might be too much.

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I have one on my 32' boat, using the AirX mounting kit, and I have to stand on the stern rail to reach it. Not to mention that the bimini is inbetween.

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