Hell yeah man, good for you!
Everyone here's talking strictly math when it comes down to electrical
demand. Let's talk specifics and budget
first. First, where is the boat? Back yard, mooring
, or dock
? Right away that'll change what I would recommend. Secondly, where is the boat going? Are you setting her up for a mooring
and weekend sailing, micro liveaboard
in a city that's otherwise unaffordable (that's what I'm doing), trailer sailor, island hopping with buddies, afternoon sail and fish
If its a matter of afternoons and hangouts you can make do with a pair of deep cycles from walmart. For about 80$ each and charge them at home. If you're looking for more full term, go with the math, figure how many amps you use daily, triple that to get your battery
bank size, and figure the total solar to handle slightly more than your total useage per day to make up for clouds and when you want to blast your stereo (which by the way really will use more electricity the louder you play it).
At the moment you can get solar panels on amazon for about 1$ a watt including shipping
. If you're technically inclined you can make a small wind
from an appropriately sized treadmill motor
encased in pvc and either pvc blades or a used prop, if you go that rout do more research
online, there are guys online that'll send you everything you need besides the enclosure and dummy load for a charging
circuit for around 20$.
If you do any new wiring
try to use marine
grade, the individual strands on marine
wired are tinned and resist corrosion
, not a place to skimp unless you enjoy tracing wires every day to find the bad connections.
My assumptions on your budget
here are the opposite what everybody else is assuming, If you've got a ton of money
saved for refitting your boat I apologize for assuming otherwise.
Either way, if you're planning to do any amount of work on the boat on your own grab a copy of This Old Boat, by Don Casey, either at the library or bought from a book store. I just checked my copy for price
but I lost
the dust cover long ago.
Good luck Dillon,
If you're in the New England
area PM me and we can race
sometime this summer