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post #5 of Old 03-04-2008
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One more thought on wind generators.
the highest percentage or your time cruising will be spent at anchor.
If you pick good anchorages you are protecting yourself from the wind.
so the wind gen becomes less desirable than more solar.
When you are underway the gen is good until you go past a beam reach.
once you get on a broad reach to a run they are handicapped by the apparent wind being far less than the true wind.
For us sailing on a broad reach in 15 to 20 knot winds we didn't have enough apparent wind to get many amps out of it.
What I'm trying to get across here is that they just don't work as good as you think they will. at least ours didn't.
That being said we still have ours and probably will always have one.
If they could get the price of the KISS down a couple hundred bucks I would get one in a heart beat.
Ketch rigged boats that had their generators mounted up high on the mizzen probably get a lot more amps from theirs. there were times this winter that I looked around in the anchorage and every one that had theirs on poles the blades weren't even turning but the ketches were spinning right along.

Matt
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