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Old 13 September 2016, 21:03   #1
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Shower thoughts

I had a curious shower thought this morning and wanted to bounce it here.
Has it been attempted to use for example Goal Zero Yeti Solar generator for onboard electronics (radio, etc.)
Goal Zero Yeti 400 Solar Generator | Power Packs | Goal Zero

Or is there a similar system around that can recharge the battery with a solar panel (say, mounted on the T-top) such as this one?
Boulder 90 Solar Panel | | Goal Zero

Again, i'm just curious if it actually is a feasible idea. I don't have a fixed VHF (yet) so i'm also educating myself on that topic.

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Old 13 September 2016, 23:30   #2
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Why would you when almost every outboard has something that can charge a battery either built in or for less cost (and more capacity).
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Using solar panels to keep battery's charged while Idle is pretty common
As poly says while moving you will have power from the engine unless it's a tiny engine
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A friend of mine used a solar panel array attached to a tray on outboard cowl to help keep his battery charged up (15'ish Zodiac with about a 40 hp motor of some sort.) I don't think it would power the radio alone, but worked well at trickle charging while he was teaching new(ish) divers.

It all went away when the tubes failed.

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The first link has an invertor on it. I'd say 110v or 220v have no place on an open boat. ⚡
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I was on a commercial dive boat that had a problem with the leads off their one of their generators. Post dive, a bunch of us at the back of the boat felt a sharp tingling in our feet. One of the crew killed the generator, and it stopped. When they fired it back up, a crewmember about ten feet from me did one of the most spectacular sailor's jigs I've ever witnessed. So if you like dancing...

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