Originally Posted by billyehh
My solar panels
are attached flat above the bimini
. It is not the most efficent, but is a good comprimise. Before 7am I start charging
and hit the max of 30 amps between 10 and 2. From there it declines to zero at about 6pm. This is presuming no clouds and is at 12 degrees latitude.
If you have the time to aim them right at the sun, you will increase the charge significantly. However, if you forget to reaim you will not get any better than my static array. Personally I have better things to do then try to find the optimal angle, especially when on the hook.
We did the same thing while cruising. We made a flat fixed bimini over the cockpit
out of solar
panels. 8x53 watts of ARCO solar
panels. We got about 32 amps most of the day (before the advent of MPPT
Other boats fiddled all day with aiming panels and if they didn't look outside in time, they were facing backwards to the sun. We knew ours weren't always at the perfect angle, but we had all the juice we needed with no fussing. We could go to shore or visiting without electrical