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Who knows Solar Power?

I'm Ryan, aka TheWollard.

I'm purchasing a 1968 Coronado 25. It's a beauty, but missing some key parts.

I want to install a solar panel and revamp the electrical system. Right now, it's got a single battery and running lights.

I plan to explore the forum to find advice on issues like Choosing a marine head system, solor power, custom cushions, and many other little upgrades.

I'm sailing out of Cocoa, Florida.
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I'm Ryan, aka TheWollard.

I'm purchasing a 1968 Coronado 25. It's a beauty, but missing some key parts.

I want to install a solar panel and revamp the electrical system. Right now, it's got a single battery and running lights.

I plan to explore the forum to find advice on issues like Choosing a marine head system, solor power, custom cushions, and many other little upgrades.

I'm sailing out of Cocoa, Florida.
MainSail has a couple of articles on solar power on his website:

Compass Marine "How To" Articles Photo Gallery by Compass Marine at pbase.com
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Re: Who knows Solar Power?

Solar power with the cost & the space on a small boat is offen a waste ! But then sometimes it all you got!..Dale
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Re: Who knows Solar Power?

Interested read. Thanks! I have access to shore power, but will need to design my electrical system from the ground up. Right now there is a battery, running lights, and bilge pump. No cabin lights, cockpit lights, or access to power for any other use.

If anyone cares to offer advice on designing an electrical system from scratch, I'm listening.

First priority needs:
running lights
ability to use/charge 110v (ipad, phones, etc) (will use navionics app to chart/plot)
Would love cabin/cockpit LED lighting
Simple Depth Finder

Next Priority:
Convert icebox to refrigerator
Add a/c and portable generator

Great community here. Thanks for everything Sailnet!
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Got batterys & charging system or Nothing?...Dale
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Nothing. Just a single batter and some wires to attach for running lights.
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I want to build/design it right the first time so my system can grow with my electrical needs as I can afford more upgrades. I'm most concerned with starting with a solid foundation.
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Re: Who knows Solar Power?

The good news is that since you're starting from scratch, you won't be distracted by trying to salvage stuff that's already there

Do yourself a favor and buy/borrow a couple of good books. Charlie Wing and Nigel Calder have done a good job of explaining the issues in ways that are fairly easy to grasp (which is useful for a knuckle-dragger like me.)

Don't save nickels buying mediocre supplies. For great prices on good stuff, check out GenuineDealz (an internet retailer out of Brunswick GA.)
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Is your boat powered?..Dale
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I'm buying a 4 stroke 5 HP outboard.
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