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  1. Electrical Systems & Solar
    I had to leave the boat on a mooring in Key West on Friday and I shut down everything except the anchor light was on as well as the bilge pumps set to auto and the refrigerator. I have four 100ah 12v lead acid house bank and my Victron shunt said the Battery State was 93%. Wal-Mart deep cycle...
  2. General Discussion - Sailing Related
    Having bought a used boat a few years ago that has had some electrical upgrades, I would like to find a marine electrician who can first, map out all the electrical lines and second, make recommendations adding solar panels. I am located in Rhode Islands so I would be looking for someone around...
  3. Electrical Systems & Solar
    Hi I am redoing my house electrical system. Looking for recommendations on solar charge controller (mppt), 12V nominal for LIFEPO4, at least 60A/800 W. Would sort of prefer something with possible addition of wind input and with a load dump when battery fully charged, but that is optional -...
  4. Electrical Systems & Solar
    Bought my Hunter 23 in the spring and am working to get all of the kinks worked out of it. The PO had a two battery bank that was kept charged by a small solar panel mounted on aft cockpit railing. He told me that it used to do a good job of keeping the batteries topped off, but noticed that...
  5. General Discussion - Sailing Related
    Does anyone have experience with these panels. They are moderately priced, I can get a 200watt unit with controller for about $250. The semi flexible nature would make conforming to the Bimini top ideal. I believe it has an aluminum frame. Ps. I'm not allowed to post links yet...... Regards
  6. Electrical Systems & Solar
    I'm in the process of designing a solar system to power an Engel refrigerator/freezer and keep a Group 27 battery (also used to power occasionally used inverter) charged. I've decided on a 140W panel and am thinking of mounting it - independent of my bimini - on a vertical, twin pole platform...
  7. Electronics
    Just bought my first real boat. Ericson 29. Couldn't afford to be in a regular dock so I settled or a star dock. Which means I don have electric. I've been told that there are permanent solar panels that can be installed on the deck to tricle charge my battery. After some brief research I...
  8. Gear & Maintenance
    Hello everybody, I am currently planning, trying to calculate and figure out what works best electricity wise, so I was wondering what everybody has on their boats: - What Pannels (how many Watts), Wind generator, etc? - Charge Controller (one or two or more?) - How big a battery bank? - And...
  9. Gear & Maintenance
    I have the opportunity to buy some NEW 215W BP Panels for $300 per. After a quick browse on the "Google-izer" it appears that BP is out of the solar business. Multiple reasons stated on web and none flattering to this beleaguered company. I called Frederick Md, the warranty number and...
  10. Electrical Systems & Solar
    We are wondering if these panels can be hooked up to each other in a series by running the wieres to one and then another panel? We have just purchased two Kyocera Solar KD-135GX 135 Watt 12 Volt Solar Electric Panels and one Solartech 85 Watt Multicrystalline Solar Module. We purchased them...
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