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. 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 ‚Äď 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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