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Old 20-06-2021, 09:42   #1
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Marine solar panels are so much more expensive and less powerful, why can't one install home solar panels on a boat?
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Ummm, most people I know do.
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You’ve found “marine” solar panels?
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By "marine" do you mean semi-flex panels? Yes, they are more expensive. They also tend to be less robust than standard fixed-frame panels (at least that's my perception).

Most marine solar setups I've seen use the standard panels, although semi-flex are popular (and useful) for some applications. No reason you can't use both, depending on how they are mounted.
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By “marine” it probably means those sold by suppliers to the marine industry, so is there a difference? Non “marine” panels are available in higher wattage
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Marine solar panels are so much more expensive and less powerful, why can't one install home solar panels on a boat?
What are "marine solar panels"?? They're just solar panels larger ones are typically home ones anyway
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Old 21-06-2021, 06:01   #7
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You can absolutely put home panels on a boat. I've got 2 of them (410 watts each) on mine. In general, small solar panels (often sold for marine, RV, or small off grid use) are more expensive, especially in cost per watt. They don't sell as many of the smaller panels, so the costs are higher, plus the usual usage specific markups.
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I think that is the answer. We are always paying premium at marine specialty shops. Thanks to all
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