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Friday, August 23, 2019

Solar system is in effect!

So as we ease into the new boat, we've been installing our new solar system using components from Tesla's Revenge and The Floating Empire.  The biggest challenge is to site the rather massive (6 1/2 foot, 325 Watt) solar panel in a way that it will work and still not get in the way of running the boat.  We finally hit on the idea of installing it on the stern, braced off the stern rail.

Rich working on the rather hefty aluminum supports.
So we drafted our friend Rich who is talented at such things and contrived a set of rail clamps and supports for the panel, and after much wrestling, the beast is in place and hooked up.

It's the only place we could find that wasn't in the way or in the shade.

Yeah, it's a freakin moose.

We just have to be careful docking
So the system now is comprised of this monster, 6 100AH deep cycle batteries, an 1100 watt inverter for 110, and 40 watt MPPT controller.

Art making on our first anchor out.
So our first anchor out, in blistering hot weather, the system performed beautifully, running our freezer, interior (USB) fans, lights, and keeping the phones and computers charged, all without a glitch or draining the batteries.

One step at a time, we're getting there

More shortly.

Oh, hey, Wild Shore Press is putting all my Kindle editions on sale on Sept 1.  If you like my writing, it's a great way to pick up some cheap reads for the fall.  Mark your calendars and wander on over to Wild Shore Press for details.

And do check out the new novel.  I'm quite proud of it.

M

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