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Old 09-08-2012, 14:50   #1
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Solar Panels

Having converted my Bimini to a hard top I was looking at installing solar panels but decided against mounting them on the roof, so I had a Stainless Steel frame made instead, amd have now 2 x 180 watts panels suplementing my batteries charging system, it works a treat as the panels are connected to a MPPT regulator.
The frame is also allowing me to stowe my outboard off the transom of the dingy with an easy block and tackle system to lift it out and secure it to the mointing plate fitted .

Happy sailing to all
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Old 09-08-2012, 15:12   #2
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Re: Solar Panels

Very nice! How much shading do you get with the panels lower than the boom? I guess it really depends on direction right?
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Old 09-08-2012, 16:40   #3
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Re: Solar Panels

Has anyone heard of the Solbian flexible panels? We are considering one 100W panel for our new dodger.
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Old 09-08-2012, 21:23   #4
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Re: Solar Panels

Have a look at Aurinco as well.
We love our 100 watt panels.
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Old 09-08-2012, 21:57   #5
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I have a 200W panel on my cabin roof. Amazing additional power, usually between 5 and 8 amps at any one time. Something I've done recently is to build a timber frame around it and add some legs on hinges which prop it up at around 45degree
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Old 09-08-2012, 22:09   #6
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And by the panel pointing directly at the sun it will pull more than double of what it would otherwise (during sunrise, sunset or the winter months). So I would suggest to anyone building a frame for their panels to try and incorporate a method of%
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