Join Date: Aug 2006
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What are your cruising plans? What area?
Will you spend most of the time at anchor? In a marina with shorepower?
Solar is much lower maintenance than any other solution. Panels can be mounted above the bimini and, with a good MPPT controller, will put out reliable power.
However, you really need to do an estimate of your daily power consumption. Use one of those MacBooks to figure it out (with a spreadsheet).
You didn't mention refrigeration.
From what you described, sounds like about 100 amp hours to me, so you'd want to have a system capable of regularly delivering that much power.
RE: batteries, you'd want a minimum of 300AH capacity if you're regularly using 100AH per day.