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Old 21-05-2013, 06:03   #16
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Old 21-05-2013, 06:14   #17
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best deals on solar panels are to find them local so you can pick them up instead of shipping them and then get the larger panels

I got a 290W panel for $281
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I wouldn't mind seeing pictures of yours or the 42 you copied. I'm getting ready to plan the installation on my Catalina 42.

The frame is quite simply built with 2 rails (look like handrails) bolt through front and back bimini bars then 2 cross tubes to support solar panels.
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best deals on solar panels are to find them local so you can pick them up instead of shipping them and then get the larger panels

I got a 290W panel for $281
^^This^^At least within the USA there are solar panel installers and sellers everywhere, mainly interested in the home market, but they are perfectly happy to order you anything you want or they might even have some panels in stock you can use. I can't remember the name offhand, but there is a place in Massachusetts that does home solar that I ordered some great battery cables from too--they look just as good or better than most of the so-called marine ones, but at a fraction of the price.
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[QUOTE=Kettlewell;1241082...........but there is a place in Massachusetts that does home solar that I ordered some great battery cables from too--they look just as good or better than most of the so-called marine ones, but at a fraction of the price.[/QUOTE]


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Re: Renogy 100w solar panels

Long delay or the update but I ended up getting the renogy panels an mounting them on a bimini top with a 30A controller. Te panels provide good power when there is a clear day but I end up running the engine after a day without sun. The bimini top is mounted on the pulpit rails and seems flimsy holding 40+#. I thought of adding a support to the deck but am rethinking the whole mounting system because I want to supplement with wind. Click image for larger version

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The new idea is to mount these old dinghy davits to the deck and have the bimini cut and welded to the top providing more support for a wind generator. Click image for larger version

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Any experience with GudCraft wind turbines? They are inexpensive and seem to be relatively high output with low noise.
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