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post #11 of 27 Old 12-17-2007
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Here is another company that produces a wind/water generator just add the www hamiltonferris.com/water-power.html since I can't post links.
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What's the point?
Wind gen's don't cost any boat speed, don't get hit by hungry sharks, don't get their cabling snarled up requiring retrieval/redeploying, don't generally get lost by breaking off, work underway and at anchor etc.. and if you got the wind to sail, you've got the wind to make amps.
Okay, some are a bit noisy, but the only silent electrical power generator is solar (my choice, with wind as alternative).
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AMPAir 100, don't have it installed yet (back yard testing only), seems a little big
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Wind generators are dependant on apparent wind speed and do not generate the amps that towed generators do. Again, if you're riding the hook for the most part, a wind generator may be just the ticket. For those who are planning on spending long periods of time at sea, a towed generator is tough to beat.

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Chuckles... you're boat is looking a bit on the small side there..

Wind generators are also much noisier than water generators and present more of a danger to crew...

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Think of it this way, there are any number of poeple cruising around the world towing thrity meters of ine out the back in case they fall overboard (Last Chance Grab)...This way it also generates power while they pull it around.

Of course, if they ever need to grab hold of it they will discover that it is not just very difficult to hold onto (as per the towed rope) , and even harder to hand over hand back up to the boat (ditto), and vergind ont he impossible to climb vertically up it over the transom and get back on board....But it is all infinitely more amusing when you are being spun around at 450RPM as the prop continues to spin!

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Nice moto-sailer! What size electric moter do you have?
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That last chance grab rope would actually do quite a bit of good if it was connected to a wind vane/autopilot disconnect, and the boat has a bit of weather helm...so the boat would turn up. Otherwise, you become very tasty shark bait..

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not my boat - not even a Gemini (tho it looks like one) I found it on the internet. Apparently the wind turbine powers an electric motor.
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