6735Re: Windcharger installation
- Jun 11, 2014
Probably too late for you now, but I did promise to send you photos of my Rutland 913 installation on Amaryllis. I got back from the boat a week ago, but things have been a bit hectic since and The Yahoo! Group website isn't cooperating.
The attached photos show the mounting poles and electrical arrangements for my Rutland 913. The vertical pole is long enough to keep the rotating blades well clear of body parts, including raised arms.
The vertical stainless steel tube is in two parts and is attached to the pushpit by 2 pairs of U bolts and to the deck by a U bracket raising the open tube end high enough for the cable from the generator to pass out and through a cable transit into the rear locker. The 2 stainless brace poles are bolted at their top ends to brackets welded to the vertical pole and at their lower ends to brackets bolted through the deck. I'm not sure that I fancy having wire supports as garrotting comes to mind, particularly when coming on board over the stern in the dark.
The small white vertical pillar below the generator blades is my Navtex aerial. I mounted it there because the stern rail was getting very busy. I’m not sure how good an idea it was as it gets a lot of resonant vibration from the rotating generator.
The arrangement has survived force 8/9 winds and crew members using it for support.
Amaryllis, Nic 35 #165
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