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Re: creature comforts on a small boat
Yep, that should do it. The wiring costs more than you would think, and that really drives up the price if you aren't careful, those heavy gauge cables are not cheap! and the connectors are expensive too.
I'm a big fan of solar. I have about 300 watts of panels and that works for me, but I would never try to run any kind of refrigerator off of it, maybe it could be done, I don't know, but not with the amount I use the banks for radios and such.
Here is some stuff you'll probably end up buying
Deep cycle batteries
Battery cables to hook them together
Big fuse to blow in case it all gets screwed up somewhere
Heavy fat cables for the solar panels to the charger
Charger (sounds like you already got this)
Heavy fat cables from the charger to the fuse/bank
I think most people fuse protect the panels
Some kind of disconnect switch to disconnect the panels
Bits of hardware, metal, or whatever to mount all of this stuff somewhere
Fuse block of some kind for your 12vdc stuff
Wiring and plugs and assorted hardware for wiring your toys up to the system
Copper for your grounds, etc ...
Etc, etc ...
The little stuff really adds up, believe me. When I went back and looked at it all the wiring for my system was a significant amount of the total cost. I used welding cable to get from the panels to the charger, you really have to go thick with this stuff.
What are you pretending not to know ?
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