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Old 13-11-2013, 16:07   #1
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Does solar power work on sailboats?

Yes!! We've been living a solar powered life for over 6 years (and loving it), and I've been writing a lot about what we've learned too, in hopes of helping other cruisers.

So what a surprise it was this morning when a friend sent me this article about our boat that was published on Scientific American's website back in May. We knew that Kyocera Solar power had featured our boat and solar setup on their website, but didn't know about this. I majored in Physics way back when, but…to get a mention in Scientific American, and a boating-related one at that?? Wow!!

Solar Power Installation On Sailboat "Groovy": Scientific American

Our own solar links can be reached through this page:
Sailboat Solar - Installing Solar Panels and an Arch on a Boat
s/v Groovy
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Old 13-11-2013, 16:42   #2
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Re: Does solar power work on sailboats?

Does solar power work on sailboats? Is the bear catholic?
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Old 13-11-2013, 17:17   #3
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Re: Does solar power work on sailboats?

Good job!

We found two factors crucial: a) angle them (if you can!), b) go 24 via MPPT to a 12 Volt system - this solves some partial shading challenges.

THX for sharing!

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