You and your boat are ready to join the solar revolution. Even a small solar panel can trickle charge your battery to keep it topped up. It is known that a battery kept fully charged has a longer life than a battery left semi-charged for an extended period.
Easy to install, whether permanently or simply thrown in a convenient spot on deck. Run a wire to a solar controller mounted near your batteries and then to your batteries. That's it. Even easier is the Solbian SP23 watt panel which comes with an embedded MPPT controller. Stick a plug on the end of the cable and solar power is now plug-and-play.
When you want solar on your boat... You Want Solar On Your Boat! Now, where you put it depends on what real estate you have available that is relatively free of potential shading and yet still gives you room to move around.
Those of you with a sail boat need to be aware of the shadows cast by your mast, boom, and rigging. If you have a power boat, be aware of the shadows cast by your radar, arch, antennas, water toys, helicopter, etc.
So, let’s look at what others have done.
1. Dingy davits are popular locations for either glass panels or lighter weight semi-flexible panels. The davits themselves should be specifically designed and fabricated to carry the extra weight. Notice the clever person who put lightweight panels in-line with the davits to allow easy access to the dingy and swim ladder.
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