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Yes, that's a pretty good deal. I've got one of the Chicago Electric panels, a 30 watt, that I use for winter charging of my batteries. Its been pretty reliable, even though it is exposed to salt water and such. However, I have a single panel, rather than the three smaller panels you'll have. Mounting them might be an issue.
You'll want to get some 3/8" cable loom to protect the wiring from UV damage.
BTW, solar panels don't need an inverter... Depending on the size of your battery bank, you may need a charge controller.
BTW, a 45 watt panel will probably yield about 15 amp-hours of battery charging per day on average. This is based on 3 amps at 14.4 volts times five hours of full output on average per day.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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