Solar powered Amp Eater

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Such a great boat!
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A most peaceful vessel! Always enjoy seeing it. Thanks Dave.

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Re: Solar powered Amp Eater

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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
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Re: Solar powered Amp Eater

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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
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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!
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Re: Solar powered Amp Eater

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Looking forward to seeing the upgrades.
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That will be an interesting addition.
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