have thought of it (solar on the dodger) but still holes need to be drilled. no way am I going to put more holes in the african mahogony or the teak deck
to run wires.
Still pretty much a cosmetic issue. even on the dodger
they are fugly.
to me, solar
HAS come a long way, but they are still big, ugly, heavy and have more complicated wiring
, don't work at night and can be damaged.
The efoy can be hidden. its time proven technology, and it is protected being inside, and works at night!
Again, if you have a solar
set up, the efoy COULD be good to augment it (for night use) or if the solar panels
I am lucky, the USA's distribution center for efoy is about 5 minutes from my house!. Since one lasts 1-2 months (as reported by other owners with my boat that have the same set up) 2-3 should last a season. If I were cruising, I would just fill all available space with methanol. There is ton of storage
on an O-38.
If I were going on a long cruise
, I would, likely, install solar as well. But at this moment, there is no need to...as long as it can keep up with the (future) refrigeration
and occasional bilge pump
run. At least in the US, efoy's methanol is only a few days shipping
away at worse.
Again, the fuel cell
only set up is not for everyone. Everyone has their comfort level. I feel more secure with fuel cell
than solar, if my life depended on it, but most of the world is the other way. My thought process is they don't use solar on most manned spacecraft (apollo, shuttle, etc) and have used fuel
cell technology. Solar has proven less relaible in space travel (think hubble, skylab, and even the space station). not to mention anything I ever bought that was solar, including panel on my other boat, has failed too. Maybe its an irrational fear, but I would sleep better with a fuel
cell over relying solely on solar. Having both would be a great redundant system for sure!
Idealy, if nuclear could be harnessed for the recreational market, then everything woudl be moot! But I don't think we will see that in our lifetime!