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Re: solar panel mounting options on PS34
Thanks for your observations outbound and RegisteredUser.
My thought about the flexible panels, dodger, bimini is that all of that stuff should be removable if there's a serious weather situation.
I would like use my PSC34 for some long ocean passages, and I don't think I can carry enough fuel to meet my energy needs. I saw this happen over the summer on longer passages to Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and Sable Island when I had day after day of amazing offshore sailing with no real need to run the engine except to recharge the batteries. I really didn't like turning on the engine!
My hope is that between a flexible solar system (50 watt panels that are wired individually to the controller to manage shading), and a hydrogenerator... I'd have enough power generated so I would not have to run the engine.
I'm wondering if I have too much power consumption on my boat... 13 amps is a lot! I have a windvane so I don't need to use the auto-helm on long passages. Maybe I don't need to use the chartplotter during the day if I'm using AIS and a remote GPS display and a compass course? Maybe I don't need refrigeration either... that would probably get my power consumption down to about 5 amps. But at night I would definitely use the chartplotter with radar... so back up around 8 amps at night.
Love to hear more thoughts about this.
1988 PSC34 Emerald
Jubilee Yacht Club Beverly, MA // Bustins Island, ME
Last edited by bobdugan; 01-28-2019 at 12:12 PM.