Where do you want to install the solar panels
. I extended the cockpit
roof of our 450 with the solar
panels. Lots of area (we installed 950W), they give you shade and rain protection in the cockpit
. Several other uses too. Attachment point for the stern-tie gang plank hoist, place to put a man-over-over-recovery-hoist, close line, sun shades.The man-overe-board hoist gives me a feeling of safety
to know that my wife can pull me back on board if I can't help myself.
I am going to rip the lead acid batteries out of our new 450 when she arrives this fall and replace them with LiFePo. I had enough of low voltage alarms when someone makes a cappuccino or makes a toast.
I had and will have again a Spectra Newport
400 MKII. The power consumption
is so much less than other water
makers. I am making due without a generator
and spend the money
instead on solar, energy saving water
maker and on LiFePo batteries. Much quieter, less to fix, less money
, less trouble, more fun.