Would you say the extra you paid for all that power offsets (close enough) the need to not buy or run a genny?
Absolutely. I belive that the solar
array has been the best investment that I have installed on my boat. It was around $3500.00 for the 4 panels
, a Blue Sky controller, the stainless steel
rig spanning a 12ft bimini
and some partime help from a good electrician who had lots of good ideas on the installation
As I said its been over 2 years since I have been in a marina, hence no using of a charger
which means no use for a generator
. If it is cloudy, I need to run one of the engines for an hour to 90 minutes every 2 or 3 days. I think this is a reasonable tradeoff. Most of the time I am on the hook and maybe 20% on a mooring
I can leave the boat for an extended period of time with refridgeration going and know that it will be fine in my absence. On a good sunny day between 10 am and 2 pm I will get an output of 30 amps.