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Re: Solar powered Amp Eater

Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 8:09 am
by Hercdrvr
Such a great boat!
Matt B

Re: Solar powered Amp Eater

Posted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:02 am
by vupilot
A most peaceful vessel! Always enjoy seeing it. Thanks Dave.

Re: Solar powered Amp Eater

Posted: Thu May 21, 2020 11:29 am
by CaptDave
Yea! Warm weather is finally here... and shelter in place restrictions are being lifted. The docks at the city reservoirs are supposed to be in this week.
The batteries on the Aquatron are charged and I am ready to get out on the water.
Boat Ramp we often use.
Boat Ramp we often use.
I will keep the boat in the driveway for a while and hope to get the solar panels installed by July 4th. I am trying to decide how I want to build the solar panel rack/roof. I am thinking of using 1-1/2" dia. PVC or maybe 1" square aluminum tubing welded with the aluminum welding rods you use with a propane torch. I will make flanges that will allow me to remove it for trailering. Any thoughts or suggestions will be appreciated.
Very Rough sketch of solar panel installation
Very Rough sketch of solar panel installation

Re: Solar powered Amp Eater

Posted: Thu May 21, 2020 11:42 am
by chugalug
There is an interesting story of a guy that went 337 miles on Ontario's Trent-Severn waterway in Small Boat Monthly(Sept.2019)that did what you're asking.Maybe that could give you a few ideas :D

Re: Solar powered Amp Eater

Posted: Thu May 21, 2020 12:03 pm
by CaptDave
Awesome. Yes that is what I want to do...only half the solar panels though. I want to keep the top weight to a minimum.
I am going to read that article today.
Thanks Chug for the heads up!

Re: Solar powered Amp Eater

Posted: Thu May 21, 2020 8:14 pm
by Hercdrvr
Looking forward to seeing the upgrades.
Matt B

Re: Solar powered Amp Eater

Posted: Fri May 22, 2020 3:17 am
by DrBryanJ
That will be an interesting addition.