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Old 19-04-2011, 22:10   #16
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Re: Wind vs. Solar? Recommendations?

I'm from the old school of redundancy. If you can afford the space and money, I'd get both.... Again, every person has their own unique needs and requirements.. Good luck though regardless!!

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Old 19-04-2011, 22:11   #17
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Re: Wind vs. Solar? Recommendations?

Hey, NatKat. Thanks for starting this thread. And thanks to everyone for the neat, concise answers.

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Old 20-04-2011, 10:47   #18
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Re: Wind vs. Solar? Recommendations?

Thank you for the recommendations and advice!
Leaning toward starting w/ solar and adding wind due to local climate conditions (as posters mentioned June gloom + lots of wind in VTA).
General shout out & thankyou to CF community.
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Old 20-04-2011, 11:09   #19
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Re: Wind vs. Solar? Recommendations?

Both, plus a Honda 2000 for brief jobs requiring power tools that aren't worth using the inverter.

I am of the school where avoidance of using the engine to turn alternators (other than when actually motoring) is the goal, along with a preference to avoid a built-in genset.

Key to this is sufficient battery capacity to "make hay (amps) while the sun shines". This is not possible or desirable for some boats due to size or weight considerations, but it's my plan.
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Re: Wind vs. Solar? Recommendations?

186 Watts of Solar, will give me ~60AH/day, I use about 45, so extra allows for some cloudy days.
Provides 98% of my power requirements, Honda 1000 handles the rest, I plug it directly into my shore power outlet.
First question to answer is how much do you need?
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Re: Wind vs. Solar? Recommendations?

Originally Posted by daddle View Post
Solar only. Quiet. Reliable. When it gets cloudy and dark the refrigerator draws less so it all works out. Besides, if it's not sunny enough untie the docklines and sail to where it is.

Since I have no generator, or even an alternator right now, It's all solar here. Refrigeration, anchor windlass, starting, autopilot, computer, fans, SSB, everything.

Nice places to anchor don't have enough wind. Proper comfortable downwind crossings don't have enough apparent wind. That's my opinion anyway.

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