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yes, another solar power question....26' c&c

26 feet, no cooler, just vhf, some interior lights etc, the outboard is a 9.9 with an alternator and electric start. The boat has 2 batteries. The marina that the boat will be staying at has NO shorepower. The boat will be only used on weekends. I like to listen to radio, either mp3, or XM, a little louder than average. What kind of solar panels, what capacity would you recommend?
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Probably something like this, LINK, would work quite well for you.
The 400 or 1200 model. If the lights are not LED, I'd go with the 1200 model.
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A single 40 watt Kyocera panel would allow you to run a Koolatron or something similar on the hook while keeping your existing batteries happy. With your existing set-up, it's probably prudent to keep your batteries a touch oversized anyway to reduce deep cycles, and to consider AGMs to reduce testing and filling due to the fact that it will get hot on board in the summer.
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