Over Hill Sailing Club
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
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Re: Alternative to Solar
I have two 100w panels, mounted on completely adjustable pivots. Combined with a small Isotherm SP fridge unit and all LED lighting, they supply more than enough wattage for everything, including the SSB and computer. These last two units are the biggest draw and have to be rationed but that has not been a problem. Even on cloudy days they produce a surprising amount of energy. IMO, this system would be hard to beat. It is virtually maintenance free, completely quiet, and effective. To me, the whirlibird wind units are totally obnoxious and an infringement on everyone's "sound space."
As there is almost always current running at anchorages, it would be nice to see someone invent some sort of collapsible water wheel to take advantage of it.
Alberg 35: With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.