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Old 05-16-2019, 09:11 AM   #1
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Solar install

Forgot to post up pics of my simple, El-cheapo solar install Healhustler and I did a few weeks ago.

I don’t have much room on my boat for panels so I had to shoehorn two of these big panels up there. They are 300W panels I got from a home installer that were “left over”, for $125 each.
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Used these rail mounts, which were pretty easy to set up and use. The mounts were almost as much as the panels at $200 for 4 rails and all the goodies, but it seemed to be a good solid system.
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Used these controllers, one for each panel so boom and sail shading would be minimized.
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Wired it up with this wire and 60a fuse at the battery.
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The panels hang off the back of the roof a little bit, which looks a little odd, but it gives me more shade!
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All in it was about $1000, not including the rum Larry and I drank.

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Old 05-16-2019, 10:00 AM   #2
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Nice looking setup, and a great deal on the panels.
John & Tracey
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