Additional solar location?


smiles bernard
 

Hi there

I’m considering removing my rear arch in favour of a much missed wind steering vane

Currently the arch holds a single 200W solar panel and a silentwind generator

I might see if I can pivot mount the 200w solar panel on the push pit side/railing on the quarter

I’m thinking of remounting the wind gen on the mizzen eventually but mean time adding a bit more solar instead.

Some flexi panels on the cockpit hard dodger is my current favourite location.

I’d be interested to hear if people have had much success with this or suffered too much shading from the boom etc.


Also how people have routed the wires for any solar panels installed on the dodger roof ?

All the very best
Miles
Maramu 162


greatketch@...
 

Miles,

I will only cast a vote against putting them on the rail.  I KNOW it is popular, and lots of people do it, and lots of people have not had an issue with it. I did it that way on my old boat.  They worked well, and were out of the way.

However...

Fourteen days out of Hawaii headed to San Francisco in the middle of a North Pacific gale we were swept across the deck by waves several times.  Green water falling across the deck hit the back of the stowed solar panel hard enough to break the stanchions it was attached to. I see some of the "cruising" boats out here that carry all manner of stuff all over the outside of the boat, and the damage I imagine they might have sustained in such conditions is frightening.

Granted, these were conditions that were pretty extreme, but not beyond what any boat crossing an ocean should be ready for. It gives me pause about using the rails for permanent storage of anything. We are all colored by our experiences, and this was the worst weather I ever hope to sail in.  But it really gave me an appreciation for what moving water can do to things tied to a boat.  It's why I keep clear decks when sailing.

Bill Kinney
SM160, Harmonie
Georgetown, Bahamas


@Sioned
 

Miles,
I have two 100W panel installed between mizzen shrouds and the main aft stay using some cheap aluminum profiles. Works for a couple of years now even with 45+ kn wind.



1 more is on top of the right side of the dodger (not yet installed when I took this picture), 2 on the starboard rails (visibible on picture) and the last two on top of my davits, totalling 670 W.

Michael Konz
Maramu #148, Sioned


Mark Erdos
 

Interesting idea! I would have never thought of this. This is waaaay out of the box J

 

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Santa Marta, Colombia

www.creampuff.us

 

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Miles,
I have two 100W panel installed between mizzen shrouds and the main aft stay using some cheap aluminum profiles. Works for a couple of years now even with 45+ kn wind.



1 more is on top of the right side of the dodger (not yet installed when I took this picture), 2 on the starboard rails (visibible on picture) and the last two on top of my davits, totalling 670 W.

Michael Konz
Maramu #148, Sioned


sbmesasailor
 

Hi Miles,

I have my entire dodger covered with flexible solar panels and I even covered a small portion of the deck between the dodger and the traveler well with panels.  I routed the wiring to a junction box inside the port side of the dodger and then ran cable from there inside the dodger to the propane storage (which I don't use as propane storage) and from there into the compartment containing the autopilot driver where I mounted the solar panel manager unit.

Works out well as i can stand on them with no problem.  Shading can be a problem if you are beating, but otherwise the panels are nicely exposed under sail.  At anchor, I use a preventer to draw the boom out to one side or the other to expose the panels.

Dennis
Libertad
Maramu #121


Dave_Benjamin
 

Very clever.


neil B <neil@...>
 

Hi Miles,
I have flexi- panels on the hard dodger and two more panels mounted externally on the rails either side of the mizzen, works a treat.  Have a windvane as well which is great. Couple of pics attached.
Cheers,
Neil.
Amel Sharki.


smiles bernard
 

A big thanks to all who replied to this

I’ve got some great ideas to work with and a good project to get started with on the ‘nice to do soon’ list

Many thanks
Miles


ericmeury <ericmeury@...>
 

Amel Santorin.

We are finishing up our arch and have a hydrovane.  600 Watts of Solar on the ARCH.  200 on a new hard bimini. (Also have a solar hot water panel)...if i didn't have that i could probably fit 400 Watts here.  and 200 Watts in sunpower flexible panels behind the mast.  Amp air half way up the mizzen (been there since first owner in 1993)  and might install a fourwinds at the top of the mizzen


James Alton
 

Amel Santorin,

1000 Watts of solar, that is really amazing.  I am managing with just 300 Watts on the Port rail.  Could you post a photo of your arch design?  Do your panels extend past the beam of your boat?

Thanks,

James
SV Sueno
Maramu #220

On Mar 2, 2019, at 12:48 AM, ericmeury via Groups.Io <ericmeury@...> wrote:

Amel Santorin.

We are finishing up our arch and have a hydrovane.  600 Watts of Solar on the ARCH.  200 on a new hard bimini. (Also have a solar hot water panel)...if i didn't have that i could probably fit 400 Watts here.  and 200 Watts in sunpower flexible panels behind the mast.  Amp air half way up the mizzen (been there since first owner in 1993)  and might install a fourwinds at the top of the mizzen