If you enjoy cruising while the wind is blowing in your face, then you’ll surely love marine wind turbines. Not only will you enjoy the soft touch of the wind but you will also be able to harness the energy from it. For a lot of people this may seem like a waste of time and money but if the shoreline near you has high winds making their way through, installing a marine wind turbine will be a very smart investment for you.
What to get
Before we start explaining the mounting part, I just want to make sure that you don’t end up buying the wrong wind turbine as calculating energy consumption and the needed amperage can get quite confusing sometimes. Most marine wind turbines for sale will have the voltage and the amount of energy they can produce in a month written on the side of the turbine or in the product description (if you shop online). This is something that you will need to compare with the amount of electricity your devices will need in order to operate. Also, you will have to check if the amperage on both ends is equal.
This is done by adding together the energy consumption from every device in your boat which you will then compare to the production capacity of the wind turbine. Not all marine wind turbines for sale will have the same startup wind speed but a standard one will have it set at about 13 k/MH (3.6 m/s). Some of the more reliable and trusted brands form this field are Air X, Rutland, and Ampair, but you can always support your local supplier or manufacturer if any.
Positioning & Mounting
The position of the wind turbine is going to be easy to determine as you only need to make sure there is nothing in its way. This may change the direction of the wind or even block it altogether, so keeping a wind steering air vane or the mizzenmast away is going to be crucial. The mounting of the wind turbine will either be on top of a dedicated mast tube or on a vertical tube affixed to the arch. The dedicated mast tube is the more popular choice but it will be the same either way, so it’s just a matter of personal preference.
The electrical part of the job is probably going to be the most important and time-consuming one, but if you follow carefully the wiring diagram and the manufacturer’s guidelines, you will be just fine. You will need to take your time here as the standard process will consist of putting the fuses or breakers in the positive cables from the stop switch to the controller and from the controller to the batteries. 40A fuses are standard here.
After you’re done setting up the electrical installation, double check if everything is wired in the correct way. After you’re done doing that, get every fastener that came in the instruction manual and start screwing it in. When you are tightening the rest of the wind turbine, make sure you fasten the screws opposite from each other instead of doing one side first and then the other.