Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Solar panels for SM

Colin - ex SV Island Pearl

Hi Ian & Judy

We had Riza (Emek) make our davits and are completely happy with them as they are far nicer looking than anything else we have seen ever and the price was good too. I doubt you will have equally nice ones made any cheaper. He shipped ours to Australia and it was not difficult to have them welded together and fitted locally.

There are many options for size of panels. You would need to decide on that first and provide the correct measurements. We went with 2 x 260w (34v) panels run in series through a Tracer MPPT with MT50 display so have 520w optimised as it is in series. We ideally wanted 600w but find 520w quite adequate as we typically get 10 amp hrs x 26v in winter and up to 20 amp hrs x 26v peak in summer so rarely ever run the generator now, although in our case we are not cruising full time yet.

Good luck with it. You will not regret getting a good large solar system on board. It has certainly transformed our boat.

Colin & Lauren Streeter
Island Pearl II, aMEL 53 #332

On Fri, Jul 1, 2016 at 11:31 PM, Ian & Judy ianjudyjenkins@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:


 Hi all solar users,

We were planning to visit Emek in Turkey for one of their solar arches. Discretion being the better part of valour we have postponed that trip. We have so many photos of their arches that we can get one built elsewhere.

The question I would be interested in having answered is:

What are the appropriate  dimensions and output of solar panels  for an SM arch ?

Every yottie we speak to raves about their own panels and advises us  to go as big as we can; however, some boats  ( in general, not Amels)look overwhelmed by outsized panels, others look to have been too conservative. Clearly there is a balance of output versus aesthetics .

Any views will be very welcome.

Ian and Judy, Pen Azen, SM 302 , Greece ( 37c and very sunny )

Colin Streeter
0411 016 445

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