After installing solar
on the Mac....
Macgregor 26S Outside Mods page 33
...and enjoying it so much we wanted to do the same on the Endeavour
Blvd had a sale
on 80 watt panels
about a year and a half ago for $160 each and we bought some on sale
. Of course later they even got cheaper, but panels
are like computers
....buy them and then don't look at prices any more
I had some measurements that I'd taken at the boat and designed a frame where...
...4 panels would mount forward behind the boom and over the bimini
with 2 more behind them. A slot was left in the middle of the front 4 so that we would be able to see the windex through the bimini
Here is a picture at home...
...with the 6 panels in the frame. Next a ....
...wood mount was made to use at the boat to hold the panels in place so that uprights could be made and placed under the frame. Before leaving a number...
...of different type mounting brackets were made to mount the frame for the panels to the cockpit
coaming and pushpit rails.
At the boat the .....
..... wood mount was installed in the cockpit
and then Ruth and I ....
...reassembled the frame and then ...
...constructed uprights and mounted them with the brackets that had been made at home.
When we left the boat we had one panel installed where the arrow is above and wired it to the junction box under that corner of the frame. Then down to the MPPT
charge controller and left that hooked to a battery
and a bilge pump
. All other electrical
I'll post more when I finish all of the rest of the wiring
when we return to the boat.
You can find the whole build and install at the link here....
Endeavour 37 Electrical Mods Index