Solar Panels

What success is there with bimini-top mounted solar panels? Needs are around 300 watts p/day. Manufactures of panels and mounting systems? And what you do it again? Thanks Mike Goodnough Summer Place, 387#18 Your unit of measure for your needs is confusing to me. Don’t you really want to ask for a certain amount of energy (W-hours) to be delivered on a daily basis? I suppose you could come up with a simple model and derate the peak wattage generated by the panels less any conversion losses (to generated ~12V for charging the batteries) and multiply it by the number of hours you expect on average to have decent sun. mikemea@centurylink.net I’ve not looked at this myself but perusing the web just now and I see most panels are rated in either/both amps and watts for their maximum output. Their outputs are unregulated and peak voltages can

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Feathering Props

I was looking at an 18 RH 12 three blade feathering propeller considering a Gori since it reports to have a motor sailing feature. Wondering if anyone has any experience or opinions. Dennis and Cindy Sikkema – Holland MI SV Genesis 1999 C380 hull #143   I had a Gori 3-blade on my 387 #53 and had it taken off. It vibrated the entire aft section of the boat. I replaced it with fixed 3-blade. To be technically correct though, Gori is not a feathering prop, it is a folding prop. Our current local dealer recommended a Maxi 3-blade should I decide to get another folding/feathering prop. Others on this list have Flex-o-Fold and love them. I had one on my 320. It was a great prop. Wes Giles C387 #53 Spring Fever Marina Del Rey, CA No experience with the Gori but I have a Flexofold 17 x 11

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Air Conditioning for 380s

Air Conditioning for 380s I have a Catalina 380, Hull #380. After 10 years of cruising the Great Lakes, I have decided to install air conditioning on my boat. I am considering a 16,500 BTU unit in the salon area and maybe vent to the V-berth. Anyone have a factory schematic of AC in their owners manual that you could scan and email to me? Thanks, Ross Grippi There is no factory installation or diagrams for A/C. It was a dealer installed item and every one is different. I did a Mainsheet article several issues back that outlines the ducting required for a nice installation where the unit is installed under the settee just forward of the galley sink and ducts to the upper fwd bulkhead with a main outlet for the saloon and a small outlet (close able) to the vberth. Where are you in the Great Lakes? Tim

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