ive read around and searched the forums
quite a bit but still am pretty confused on this subject. let me give you a quick background, then ask kindly if anyone could give some information.
im moving aboard my 69 columbia
26 mkII "miss julia anne" within the next month. the boat is ready for me, minus electrical
power and a couple small appliances! i will be purchasing solar panels
, misc. controllers and a new battery
bank within the next week or two. i know the first step is to do an electrical
. quite a few of the things i will be using wont be purchased until after installing the solar
system during my final shopping
trip and last minute purchases online, so i dont have exact figures and this is kinda throwing a wrench in the gears of my solar survey
basically all I will use electrically is minimal cellular phone charging
, a couple hours a day of a small 12v portable tv (12" size range), a couple hours a day of am/fm radio
, a couple hours a day of vhf
monitoring, minimal bildge pump use, occasionally charging
my cordless power tools, the anchor
light at night, occasional deck
light, 1 or 2 small 12v cabin
fans a few hours a day, and a couple small in cabin
lights (combined a few hours a day).
aside from that, i may eventually get a laptop
to use on the boat so i would need to figure that in also. no fridge and no a/c unless i could figure in a small 12v portable cooler/heater (found a new one on ebay for $75... the kind that keep food
40 degrees less than ambiant... for occasional use)
ok, with that in mind... what wattage, and how many solar panels
would be recommended? and how many deep cycle 12v marine
batteries would i need to setup? i have found some pretty decent prices on ebay for new solar systems (panel, wire + controller) and could buy the batteries locally (walmart... etc.).
i have not been able to find any detailed "how to" guides for setting up this system either... i would hate to setup this expensive system just to fry it because of some shady internet
im sorry for the long post, and for needing so much information but i have no previous knowledge on solar power and have not been able to find the information that i need yet, online or in person. i can learn this stuff quickly if i can only get the initial help and/or reading material that relates to this.
thank you very much for your time and in advance for your replies.