We installed 2 x 150W solar panels on our small sloop we sailed from Perth to Cairns - ran out of funds to also instal a wind generator ( or an autohelm - take a look at a map of Oz and imagine hand steering all that way!
) Panels worked out fine - top of Australia August - Dec - pure sunshine - we could have run a small town on the power we generated
Now in Cairns and with our new yacht (33' Alajuela Cutter) we have an Airex but no solar. More wind over here so we get by pretty well until we get glass off conditions and need to crank up the 39hp iveco diesel. No big deal but at the end of the year we're heading off into the South Pacific and think we'll need to instal solar as well.
Here's the rub, with a canoe stern and a large windvane steering setup, low boom over the dodger and dingy & liferaft up forward, where do we put them?
Only option I can see is to mount them towards the stern on frames either side of the rails that can be hinged in or out. I have heard of this but have never seen it. Given that this position leaves them pretty exposed to spray and (lets face it - strong breeze and flying a shy kite) a good deal of soaking - how do you waterproof them whilst not leaving them subject to overheating? Any thoughts, comments or ideas most appreciated.
Robin & Shaun