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Old 05-15-2016, 05:34 PM   #16
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Vessel Name: Kinship
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Originally Posted by kchace View Post
Starting this year, we have added a 100w solar setup which, if prelims are any indication, will really help top up the batteries and will likely reduce our genny run times. During the day we get a solid 5.5a out of it. That's only about 30ah a day, but its a major help in topping up the batteries or reducing the battery drawn down. We would have added even more solar, but don't have very good spaces for it.

When we shift to livaboard, I'm wanting to find or make room for another 100-200w.
Ken, Rebel here on TF has a similar boat to mine and added solar. He said it did really help keep the batteries topped off. I have some room on the Pilothouse roof that I think would be great for some solar. I don't expect it to keep me from running the genny, but I think it would reduce it.
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