Solar Power - off the grid

Published date: May 13, 2014
  • Boat Type: Boat Type

This year we plan on slipping our boat on a lake which does not have power at the docks, so we needed a way to recover our batteries durring our weekend outings. Trying to keep it simple was the idea in this mod. The primary support structure is the aft mast support bracket. (See my last post on Mast Support Shims - to limit the play in the bracket)

I used a single 100W panel which connects to the top of the mast support with adel clamps and uses stainless tubing and couplings (typical bimini construction) for the aft support. I made a small hole in the mast support bracket near the top and snaked the wire through so it is barely detectable.


Published by: u12fly

Model Year: 2006
Photo Caption: Solar Panel attached to mast support bracket

Underside view of the Solar Panel

Wiring routes through the mast bracket and then into the hull


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