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Five years ago I decided to go with solar instead of wind powered renewable energy because the idea of mounting a noisy windgen on the boat literally terrified me.
For five years I listened, talked to windgen owners and finally bit the bullet and plopped down a sizable chunk of change for a unit and remote panel. I even bought the wire from them, just to be certain.
Next was the mounting bracket and fortunately we were able to get a ss one built for a very fair price.
Then some serious refrigeration problems delayed the installation while the Christmas winds howled all through those repairs. Finally able to make a drink with ice and keep food safely once again, it was time to get the windgen up and running.
Actually, it went quite well and by 5PM we were ready to let her rip. After liberating the blades and inserting the fuse I sat down, icy drink in hand, to watch the amps pour into the battery.
That was 44 hours ago, as you can see by the attached pic. We have crammed a whole 3 amps into our batteries in that time! This is certainly a good return on our investment, you betcha!
Neptune has abandoned us and we sit in a tiny windless bubble according to my weather sources.
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Re: Who'd a thunk?

I remember a day a few years back where we had to motor 80% of the way from Marie Galante to Dominica when the trades took a day off. Good news is it probably won't last.


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Chris' server was down. Can't blame him. :-).

He was upset,and got it back up toot sweet.

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Re: Who'd a thunk?

Five years ago, I went the opposite direction, love the results of my solar panel, and it even charges on overcast days. I actually gave my windgen away to one of the Sailnet forum members.

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That was 44 hours ago, as you can see by the attached pic. We have crammed a whole 3 amps into our batteries in that time!
Hey that is enough to run my frig/freezer for an hour (after it has cooled down).

wasn't that your goal

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Five years ago, I went the opposite direction, love the results of my solar panel, and it even charges on overcast days. I actually gave my windgen away to one of the Sailnet forum members.

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Gary, I'm not giving anything away, I'm adding to. I love my solar, but it has one teeny tiny fault. It doesn't work at night, and we do so enjoy our tech toys.
Do you think any of us could go back to reading Travis McGee by the light of an oil lamp?
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Do you think any of us could go back to reading Travis McGee by the light of an oil lamp?
No, but by the light of a Kindle that you charged up in the afternoon when the sun was shinning is doable

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Re: Who'd a thunk?

Dunno, but if I am reading your meter properly, the battery is already at 13.0 volts. That means it is fully charged and a "proper" system should be dumping excess power, instead of trying to pump more amps into the battery.

Remember, charging system voltage is no necessarily the same as battery voltage. Once a battery reaches 12.8 (give or take, depending on the specifics) it is fully charged and more power is just going to boil it dry.

So...Got a Chinglish manual for that meter display?
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Re: Who'd a thunk?

We've got both solar and wind though I confess it is only on those bleak sunless but windy days that I give the windy much credit. Certainly if I had to go without one of them it would be wind we'd flick but oh yes, it is nice to have both though I do find the wind gen performance to be a bit disappointing. I have been pondering moving the radar thingymebob from its pole aft, onto the mast. Maybe just maybe I might then add an extra WG. Hoping to install a new stern arch this winter and increase our solar capacity by a third. All these modern tech gadgets do have a price.

We have a couple of portable solar chargers that we use to keep our phones and tablets charged, much impressed by the wee suckers. Not enough grunt for a notebook however. Nonetheless worth considering.



btw ...Capta .... what model WG did you go for ?

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