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01-18-2016 04:36 PM
Re: solar panel

I can't get a custom arch made down here, but I've been looking at a couple companies who do an "arch in a box" that seems to work fairly well. Check out Atlantic Towers in NJ.
01-18-2016 03:48 PM
Re: solar panel

Thanks Faster! I didn't see an email address under his profile but there is FB link. I'll text him.
01-18-2016 02:05 PM
Re: solar panel

Originally Posted by PNWcruiser View Post
Cruisingdad - I am considering installing a solar system on my Catalina 400 and really like the arch you installed on yours. I was wondering if you could share some more photos so I can replicate the arch. I assume it was custom made. Thanks!
PNW... CD is still around but doesn't post often, so it may be a while before he sees this.. suggest you PM him.. he still gets his notifications.

.. But he's gonna want to talk about is BBQ mounts first..
01-18-2016 11:59 AM
Re: solar panel

Cruisingdad - I am considering installing a solar system on my Catalina 400 and really like the arch you installed on yours. I was wondering if you could share some more photos so I can replicate the arch. I assume it was custom made. Thanks!
12-11-2009 02:56 PM
QuickMick uhhh what are you saying arf?!?! i dont have to replace the batteries? those panel thingies dont need plugged in? the sun may actually rise again tomorrow? lol.... j/k and being a wise'in heimer
12-11-2009 09:20 AM
arf145 Bob, I think you're going to want to check the forum's policy on what looks to be advertising. And given the subject (solar panels) and technical nature of this thread, I don't think you're telling anyone here anything new by letting them know that solar is a renewable resource.
12-11-2009 05:34 AM
Solar Panel

Solar panels have become something of a catchphrase in the green movement this decade. They trumpet the recent advances, both scientific breakthroughs and manufacturing triumphs. Solar power is a form of renewable energy, and that itself is a big part of the green movementís agenda.
10-26-2009 10:32 AM
Originally Posted by JimHawkins View Post
It looks like your panels are welded onto the arch. Am I mistaken? Will you leave the panels and the arch mounted during a storm, either in port or at sea?
No, the panels are not welded on. There are custom built supports for the panel that are welded. THe panels are then T-bolted into those supports.

During a TS or Hurrican, I would remove them and pretty much everything. Short of that, they would be fine. The arch is VERY rigid. I stand on the side of it and could walk across even with the panels up (assuming I did not want to damage the panels).

- CD
10-23-2009 08:39 PM
nickmerc You will find the biggest bang for your buck using rigid panels instead of flexible. Especially when you look at the cost over the lifetime of the panels. You will also get more Ah from rigids vs flexible for the same area. I would also reccommend that you do not break the bank when purchasing the charge controller. The few extra percent you may get for the top of the line is not worth the money IMO. You will probably never be able to get the array positioned perfectly, so keep that in mind and oversize the array.

Major benefits of solar are 1) they are a passive and 2) no moving parts to worrry about. All you have to do is be very thorough when making electrical connections and keep the panels clean. Rigid panels should last you decades. The failure point will be the electrial connections.
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10-23-2009 04:19 PM
sailingdog I've been using solar panels, both to maintain the batteries over the winter and to power the refrigerator and recharge the batteries over the summer... If you size the system properly, it works quite well. I'd highly recommend you read the primer on Solar Power on Boats I wrote, which you can find here.
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