It has been well over 15 years now since sailors have been using solar panels
on their sailboats. I am mystified as to why manufacturers are either not building to accommodate solar
properly or not building to accommodate solar
This runs true for both mono as well as multihulls. In the mono world you don't have any thought put into offering stylish solar arches let alone not wiring
for solar and or Lithium but the lithium battery
set up is another issue that should also be being offered.
I'm in the market for with a recent new or new catamaran
. Here we are in 2016 and not one cat manufacturer has come up with a solar arch addition. You do have one or two cat manufacturers who are now offering solar. But these geniuses are using low power
and placing them under the boom. Just proving that solar is an afterthought and that they have no real idea what they are doing.
Shading is the biggest enemy of solar. Any type of shading at all over even one panel causes a huge reduction in solar power production. So what do they do. They go ahead and put the panels
under booms or the shadow of sails
Why haven't they come up with stern arches that are built into the design? Why does a manufacturer like Lagoon
have their booms on the new 52 and 56 models protruding so far astern that if you want to instal solar panels
you would need to have arches well over the dinghy davits
. And again why don't they make cockpit
coverings or stylish arches for solar that also allow for non shading of the panels?
In my opinion solar is no longer a fringe sport. It is an integral part of sailing and it mystifies me why it is not treated as such by boat manufacturers.