Rutland, Forgen or Aerogen?

tim

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Initially I wanted something to trickle charge the batteries, and so I thought the Forgen 500 would do the trick (even though it is expensive). However, my wife is now talking televisions and so on, so it looks like the Aerogen or Rutland propellers are called for.
The Rutland 503 which has the balde tips enclosed in a loop looks safer than the Aerogens, but are they realy capable of running a telly, and (as one advert claims) starting an engine?
Do they also need additional strengthening or bracing on the pushpit? I presume that they all need a regulator?

Cheers,
Tim
 

davidwf

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Theres a flash looking generator from USA which makes an awful noise from the blades, can be heard accross the marina. I've no doubt somebody will tell us its name so you can avoid it.
 

gunnarsilins

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After an extensive market research last year I found that the "Airmarine" gave the best value for the money. It has an built in adjustable regulator and has a 400 W output.
On the negative side, it seems to be a slow starter in weak winds, but when it starts, it really charges. Compared with other brands it seems to be a bit noiser in harder winds (7+ Beaufort) and it has sharp, nasty blades, so it must be mounted entirely out of reach.
On my yacht it can cope with autopilot (a pretty big one, the yacht displaces 12 tons), nav. instruments, fridge and navigation lights when going to windward in fresh breeze.
 

gunnarsilins

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Airmarine!

Thats the one I talked about in my reply. But it´s now redesigned and much quieter. But its still noisy in harder winds, but remember, you wont get anything for free, it has a tremendeous output if you compare with others.
 

tim

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Re: Airmarine!

Thanks. Where can I find out more about Airmarine?
 

Twister_Ken

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'ang on a mo, I'll just take some bearings
Water generator

Just an extra thought. One of the mags reported a couple of years ago on gear used in a ARC rally. A lot of owners had not been able to generate much juice running downwind in lighter airs which much of that year's event consisted of. Those who had generators which, by adding a towed blade set, could be converted to water driven were happiest.
 
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