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We installed the Air X Marine wind generator on our Tiki 46 seven years ago and it has been the main source of electric power on Peace IV ever since. I was reluctant to buy a wind generator because many years ago our friends had a Wind bugger and a blade broke and slit the throat of their son and killed him within minutes. He had played with our children when they were growing up so it was a hard loss for all of us. But we needed electricity for our boat so we bought the Air X Marine and hoped we would be safe.
Three days ago, we were sailing in 20 knots of reaching winds here in Bahamas and one blade fell off of the Air X Marine landing with a bang within just a couple of feet of three people sitting in the cockpit. Our Air X Marine is on a strong alloy pole well supported from the aft crossbeam. We all love a reaching wind, but that puts the blades aimed right for us where we have to be near the helm and sheets and halyards.
This is a pretty smart group of people here on the Wharram Builders and Friends net, and I am wondering what you all think about our situation. What have you heard or experienced about the safety of wind generators in general and blades that fall off in particular?
The Air X Marine people have always treated us right and we think they are good folks and the product has been satisfactory up until the moment that blade headed my way.
Currently we have a rope on the Air X Marine stopping the remaining two blades from turning it in the stronger winds we sometimes get here in Bahamas. A lot of people are noticing it and come over to ask about it. The remaining bit of the third blade is still up there. Blades are held on by two screws and our blade broke between those two screws. We have written to the company and are awaiting a reply.
I am perhaps even more interested in the independent replies of our friends here on the Wharram Builders and Friends website.
Thank you for your thoughts, Ann and Nev