Wiring up wind generator - 3 wires? (Air Breeze/X)

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I'm just about to start planning the installation of my Air Breeze wind generator and it has 3 wires coming out of it; Positive, negative and ground.
This is an internally regulated DC generator so I'm confused how to wire this. I would have expected 2 wires! Anyone have Air X/Breeze or just understands better than I do and can explain?

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The ground is a 'safety' wire. You do need to connect this to your anode! Usually SWWP's equipment comes with very good instruction books /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
 

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Well this one does if your installing on land. For boats it just says use a pro.

I have to connect it directly to my anode? Nothing else on the boat is connected directly to the anode although I do have a hull anode with a wire connected to it.
 

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Also, it seems all the other generators out there that put out DC power direct have just 2 wires? Which is normal to me.
 

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If you don't want to wire it direct to either you RF ground or anode there is the option of joining the negative (black ) and the ground (green) wires together as your dc negative will be connected to the boats anode. The manual makes this clear.
 

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Thanks guys, just read this in the manual:
The following section (5-8) describes grounding the tower in detail. To
ground the Air Breeze turbine body, connect the Air Breeze ground (green)
conductor to the tower ground rod. Alternately the ground (green) conductor
may be connected to the negative (black) conductor in which case it
will be grounded through the battery bank ground rod. Refer to figures 9
through 12.

but then warns:
If you choose to not set up an earth ground system (not required for systems
under 50 volts), the Air Breeze green and black conductors MUST be
connected to each other or severe damage to Air Breeze may result and
void your warranty.
Southwest Windpower strongly recommends that boat installations be
grounded according to American Boat and Yacht Council recommendations.
There are special grounding requirements for boats, in particular
boats that connect to shore AC power, that MUST be observed or a
serious shock hazard may result.

Hence I'm asking for advice.

Sounds to me like I just:
- join the negative (black) and ground green wires together and connect to battery negative.
- connect the red positive to battery positive.
- add fuse on the positive wire side.
- add the stop switch

Just want to make sure I'm not doing anything silly. Apologies but I missed the bit about joining the black and green wire looking at the manual yesterday.

Thanks.
 

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If you aren't in a hurry, I'm back on my boat in a couple of weeks and I need to remove the Nav station dash for another job so I can then track the wind gen wires. Our windgen is on top of the mast so I haven't a clue where the grounding will be but I can have a look?
 
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