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My 100-watt Grape Solar panel is now two years old, still puts out 20+ volts, keeps my house batteries topped off, even this time of year when there isn't a lot of hours of daylight. However, I will be installing a generator this coming year for the heat pump. I love the AC when anchored and the heat when needed on those cold nights in late fall at an anchorage.

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My 100-watt Grape Solar panel is now two years old, still puts out 20+ volts, keeps my house batteries topped off, even this time of year when there isn't a lot of hours of daylight. However, I will be installing a generator this coming year for the heat pump. I love the AC when anchored and the heat when needed on those cold nights in late fall at an anchorage.

Good luck,

Gary
Similar experience living on the mooring. Once my electric propulsion battery bank is charged really never have to fire up the generator. It was stored for over a month as my 150 watts of 12 volt solar, 120 watts of 48 volt panels along with the 48 volt wind generator kept things charged up. Had a shortened season this year and only cruised about 280 miles. Used five gallons of gas the whole season comes out to 56 miles per gallon.

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