I like this concept, but is it as good as this article lays out?
Good: you can convert energy from the wind to electricity and essentially have a very large power budget while under sail.
Good: the noise from a direct drive diesel is reduced
Good: far fewer moving parts
Good: maintenance has to be a snap
Bad: lots of batteries
Bad: lots of battery related expenses
Bad: when running your electric motors in "generator" mode, you have drag.
Ugly: If your battery charger goes Tango-Uniform, you are going to be one unhappy yachtie.
Ugly: this system has to be expensive
This appeals to me because you can really reduce the amount of diesel fuel you are burning. I'm not "religiously green," but avoiding burning an onboard resource, when it can be replaced by the surroundings is certainly a lofty goal.
Does anyone have any experience with this kind of Diesel-Electric system?