We are just simple cruisers who do not live on land except to see the kids
once a year for a couple of weeks and have been doing this for 7 years. We do not park the boat in the Bahamas
but actually sail her and sail her a lot.
You did not say what you were going to do or where you intended to go. So first i will tell you what we have. We sail a Jeanneau
DS40- and have sailed all the Bahamas
2x, from Fla to Mexico
and down to Colombia
then across to Jamaica
and down to Trinidad and back up to Antigua
and across the Atlantic and how in the Med for the 2nd year. We have 6 6v Trojan batteries and a seperate starter battery
, 2 130w and 1 135w Kyocera panels
. We have BlueSky 3024 controller. We have a small watermaker
that we run off the solar panels
and when in the carib ran it about 1-2 hours every other day or daily depending. We do not have a gen set or wind
. We did a cost tradeoff analysis on wind
won hands down as we have a 150amp alternator
on the engine
. We have a cruising sailboat not an apartment on the water
and we use her extensively and sail a lot.
I like the comment from the wind gen guy who said go out a year and see what you really need. We did just that and spent one year sailing the entire Bahamas, not sitting in one location for long periods, and really made a list of what we needed. We had 2 solar
panels at the time and added a 3rd and should have added a 4th. We have room on the top of our bimini
for a 4th and may still add it but finding a Kyocera
is a bit of a challenge. The Kyocera panels are over 7 years old and still look new and function really well. Right now we are in Montenegro and at 1030 in the morning on a bit of an overcast day we are getting 13amps.
It really comes down to what you are want and are going to do with the boat. If you are a 6 month boat user and want an apartment on the water
and not move a lot and all the electrical
stuff that you have on dirt you can never have to much electrical
But take the boat out for a year and really see what you really need.