Solar Panels

I got solar panels installed this fall.  700 watts on the pilothouse roof.

I bought the four 175 watt flexible panels from Renogy and installed a Victron Smartsolar 50/100 controller.  This connects via bluetooth to my phone to a slick app.

I put a Victron Smartshunt on the house bank as well.  Ran the boat on just solar for a week or two and no problems running the fridge, lights etc. 

To mount the panels I used VHB tape, the thickest available.  I ran strips parallel to allow some air flow for cooling.

I’m very pleased with the result. The panels are very unobtrusive, and will allow me to live at a mooring comfortably.

Total cost was about $2,000.

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