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Old 29-06-2019, 12:05   #31
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Re: Customizing our FP Astréa 42

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Quick answer from the AirPort in Santiago:
What I meant is, that starting in the middle of the roof, you lift the frame 5-6cm. But at the side your panels will be hanging at least 15cm above the roof there. Rather an aesthetic issue not technical.
Thanks for the interesting blog!
Luc


Do you think it is possible to install panel directly on roof without frame? With just a little overhang, support from the roof might be enough.
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Old 29-06-2019, 12:51   #32
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Do you think it is possible to install panel directly on roof without frame? With just a little overhang, support from the roof might be enough.
This is only possible if the panels are not wider than the dedicated FP-solar-zone (around 60cm). If you choose larger panels, you will have to lift them around 6 cm above it, because in the middle the roof is a bit more than 5cm higher. But of course, you could do that also without using a complete frame.
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Old 18-08-2020, 11:45   #33
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My apologies for reviving an old thread.


@Luc, did you end up having the Integrel system installed?



If so, how has it been working?


Have you had any issues?


Did the installation void your Volvo warranty because of the added stress on the crankshaft used by the alternators?


Have you noticed any impact on your fuel consumption while motoring and / or idling?


Cheers.
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Old 21-08-2020, 08:30   #34
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My apologies for reviving an old thread.


@Luc, did you end up having the Integrel system installed?



If so, how has it been working?


Have you had any issues?


Did the installation void your Volvo warranty because of the added stress on the crankshaft used by the alternators?


Have you noticed any impact on your fuel consumption while motoring and / or idling?


Cheers.
Yes we have the Integrel generator for 10 months now. It is mounted on the port engine (Volvo Penta 50hp) and works great. We live aboard 100%, up till now in the Caribbean. I saw a mail that Volvo confirmed that the warranty is not effected by the installation. When we installed it, that was not yet official. We used that engine almost 19% more than the starboard engine, because of the need for charging our batteries. But since we are staying for 6 months almost permanently in lockdown at anchor / mooring, this is probably a lot more than in normal cruising mode.
In fuel consumption, it is not especially detectable. Note that the system only takes the available power when at a permanent throttle. So during maneuvering, for example, you have full power on the propeller. You won't feel it, but on the screen you can see exactly how much power goes to the batteries.
If you want more information, maybe you can take a look at the "equipment" page of our blog orinocotoo.com
Good luck with your decision.
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Old 21-08-2020, 08:37   #35
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Yes we have the Integrel generator for 10 months now. It is mounted on the port engine (Volvo Penta 50hp) and works great. We live aboard 100%, up till now in the Caribbean. I saw a mail that Volvo confirmed that the warranty is not effected by the installation. When we installed it, that was not yet official. We used that engine almost 19% more than the starboard engine, because of the need for charging our batteries. But since we are staying for 6 months almost permanently in lockdown at anchor / mooring, this is probably a lot more than in normal cruising mode.
In fuel consumption, it is not especially detectable. Note that the system only takes the available power when at a permanent throttle. So during maneuvering, for example, you have full power on the propeller. You won't feel it, but on the screen you can see exactly how much power goes to the batteries.
If you want more information, maybe you can take a look at the "equipment" page of our blog orinocotoo.com
Good luck with your decision.
Cheers.


Thank you for answering all of my questions! I will check out the website link provided.
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Old 21-08-2020, 09:51   #36
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Just wanted to thank you again for the link. Your site is extremely well laid out and full of very useful information. Everything you have installed very closely lines up with our plans and the insights you have provided there are invaluable (at least to us).


This pandemic has severely altered our plans for what appears to now be the next 2 years but should we ever end up in the same area, it would be our pleasure to take you and your partner out for a nice dinner!


Cheers.
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