I've got a solar
panel with a charge controller. Our boat is only 22' and as of yet, I really don't have a place to mount the panel - the current
plan is to mount it to some plywood
and secure it in the cockpit
when we are not on board. I figure this will keep the battery
in good shape and we can also use it if we were to spend the night aboard and need to charge the next day.
So, to the question - Where should I tie it in to the electrical
? Our current electrical
is very basic. Battery
to switch panel to electronics
(lights - cabin/nav right now) back to negative bus to battery.
I'm planning on adding a bilge pump
, battery on/off switch, amp meter and the charge controller.
I was thinking I could add a bus between the battery and switch and connect the solar
there. Could I also connect the bilge
there so I can shut off the battery when we leave the boat?
And where's the best place for the amp meter? After the switch connected to a positive and negative bus?
Any other better ways to do this?
Thanks in advance!