Originally Posted by jbinbi
New Lagoon 380
has an option for solar built into the bimini
. Same as the new FP41. I think they are doing something, but they are definitely behind the curve of doing it yourself. But give it a few years, and I think it will part of the standard packages.
What this shows is two things. One, the manufacturers must be getting the demand from the market for solar. Two, they still are not designing for solar. Just slapping some panels
onto the bimi shows they have no idea what they are doing. And I'm not singling one manufacturer out. it is all of them.
I would suggest that they do solid research
into the subject of solar. Even go as far as looking at hiring some consultants from the cruising cat world who are expert in DYI. Like the guys/gals in this forum. Not all because some here, even some who are in the business are majorly clueless on the effects of shading.
It is because of the effects of shading that throwing your panels
onto your bikini is a bad idea. Unless each side is wired separately and they are seen as back up additional not the main panel bank. The main panel bank needs to be mounted clear if the boom at the stern. This is the only place on a sailboat that has these huge white things called sails
And when I rhetorically ask about designing for solar I meant that not one manufacturer is doing this properly.
We need to educate them I think. otherwise a lot of foolishness will go on.
Everyone should search youtube for solar shading and see the up to 80% power loss from just a little shading. IMHO.