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Old 17-11-2013, 07:44   #1
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?? on my solar project

I just ordered the Iverson's bimini and brackets for solar panels. I want the maximum wattage for the confined footprint possible.

The boat has a split backstay, and the panels must fit inside of the split. I will have about 67-65 inches of room. The backstay is hydraulic and loses space as it is applied. Lowering the bimini won't work as I am 6'4" and want to stand at the helm. The original plan was 2 x 240w Sanyos, which would be 61L x 64W (both). There would be no window to see the main with this 480w array. Plan B would be one Sunpower 345 mounted at the back of the bimini, and have a window. The rest of the system would be a Outback or Midnite controller, breakers, etc. The panels would have the MC4 connectors, with the wire run below deck to a bus bar, and then thicker cable for the rest of the distance.

I have read over a thousand posts on solar, but only want to do this once. Any thoughts on the project? Any San Diego sources for Sunpower?


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Old 17-11-2013, 08:28   #2
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Re: ?? on my solar project

How about fitting a panel or two inside the backstay and a couple on the outside?
Sort of a forked design?
A 49 foot boat ought to have enough room to do that.

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Old 17-11-2013, 09:55   #3
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Re: ?? on my solar project

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Any thoughts on the project?
I all depends on what electrical needs the solar has to keep up up. I more than keep up at anchor/mooring on a 290W panel in the Northeast.

But if you can install some 1.5"x1.5" angles onto your mounting system I bet you could install the 2 panels, push the panels aft some, provide support for the panels, and still be able to see the main sail
stop blowing smoke up my rear, blow it at the sails instead
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Old 17-11-2013, 16:16   #4
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Re: ?? on my solar project

I need to put solar on our boat next year, please share as much info as you can, as I will be going along the same route.

I'm also watching the LiPO battery threads. Plan on doing everything myself except for having the solar panel brackets fabricated.
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