Saturday, March 21, 2015

More Solar!

Our pair of Kyocera 140 watt solar panels do a pretty good job.

But we've still needed to supplement with the generator...until now.

I added a pair of Renogy 100 watt semi-flexible panels.

I chose the semiflex panels because they are so much thinner than the glass panels. I attached them to 3/8" Celtex PVC sheets that I finished off with PVC edge trim.

These are "flip-out" panels that are mounted to PVC pipe riding on the lifelines.

When deployed, they are propped up with a stainless steel prop rod and Bimini hardware.

When we go to a dock, they can be flipped down and tucked inside the toe rail. I also made a cover of 1/4" Celtex with the PVC trim that velcro's over the panels to protect them from protruding items on dock pilings.

I also added a second Blue Sky charge controller for these two panels.

With these additional panels, we have not come close to needing the generator; even when running my power hog video editing computer system.

We're totally power self sufficient with 480 watts of solar. Seriously thinking of selling the wind generator!

Bits and Pieces

Cocktails with starfruit garnish

We have been here in Stuart for almost five months! This is a new record for us for staying in one place. We hadn't intended to stay this long but here we are. We got some boat projects done, celebrated birthdays, Christmas and the new year. We did some beach time and lots of interesting restaurants. So, below, a smattering of our life here in Stuart.

A little beach time

Restaurants galore

Christmas on Freedom

A beautiful, hand made, card from it!

Beautiful sunsets here

Our power panel...before

Power panel....after. nice new labels!

The new plan is to head out next week....destination Bahamas.