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Wind generator

I am about to buy a wind generator Sunforce Marine 600W.
I also want to install two 85W solar panels.
Anyone has opinion or alternative product I should use?

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Re: Wind generator

Need a lot more info - budget, use, deck space available, likely area of use etc.
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Re: Wind generator

My only suggestion would be to hear the generator in use before you commit. Some are very annoying. Pratical Sailor has done some testing on some of the units. I chose a Rutland based on their report. Very pleased. The only time it makes any sound is during gusty winds and then it sounds like surf. Winds need to be 15+ to get any real juice.
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Re: Wind generator

Our wind generator help keep the boat from tacking at anchor. Otherwise I use a riding sail. That's something to consider if you have a reasonably high performance boat.

If it wasn't for that, I'd proably switch to 100% solar. Using the Victron battery monitor, I watch 8 amps go into the batteries all day long from a Kyocera 135 and a Seimans 40. But when the wind is blowing, we get only 4 amps from the wind generator.

If you anchor where it's really windy, get the wind generator. If you anchor where it's really sunny, get solar panels.

Whatever you do, make sure you sit next to it for an hour before you buy one. The little AirX wind generators sound like a Cessna taking off. They are off-the-scale annoying and will make you instantly disliked in the anchorage.

I plan to get 2 more Kocera 135s and mount them above the bimini, just aft of the boom. Being able to see the amps coming in all day long is fantastic and we need to up the ante to run a freezer next summer.

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Re: Wind generator

I second the Rutland. We have had ours for several years. It just survived Issac as we could not drop it in time. It puts out OK, not as much as some, but does so over greater range of wind conditions. It is very quiet. During Issac it was really spinning in the gusts, still the only noise was from the internal breaking overheat preventer. Sounded like a wounded helicopter. Would buy another. Purchased it from e-marine in FL., great people, would go back for more.
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Re: Wind generator

I gave my wind generator away to someone from the forum - it was noisy, needed at least 15 knots to provide sufficient power, and after one bout with a hurricane the blades and hub blew apart.

Solar is the best way to go, and even in marginal light conditions they still provide some power, though not much. When the wind's now howling, a wind generator, IMO, it just about useless.

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Re: Wind generator

Practical sailor has reviewed several wind generators.

Enjoy: http://www.naviclub.com/Test_compara...nes_marine.pdf
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Re: Wind generator

you guys have missed the point of the op. he is asking about the sun force 600w wind turbine. none of these posts has gave any info on the op's question i will beable to give info on the sun force 600w after friday as i have order this one aswell
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Re: Wind generator

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Practical sailor has reviewed several wind generators.

Enjoy: http://www.naviclub.com/Test_compara...nes_marine.pdf
this site also does not give a review of the sun force 600w
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you guys have missed the point of the op. he is asking about the sun force 600w wind turbine. none of these posts has gave any info on the op's question i will beable to give info on the sun force 600w after friday as i have order this one aswell

Here's a review right on this site...


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