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Sailing Britaly: How to Fit Solar Panels to Your Boat!

This video shows you how to fit solar panels to a boat – without welding, pipe bending or using any expensive tools! I made our ‘solar arch’ from tubular stainless steel.

The solar panels can be quickly and easily tilted and rotated through 360 degrees to track the sun in order to generate more power when required. If you are considering increasing the power generation on board your boat, solar power is the way to go.

Solar panels are silent, maintenance free (with no moving parts), relatively cheap and very long lasting, with many panels guaranteed for 25 years. If you are considering installing solar panels yourself then you should watch this video as it may give you some ideas.

The 5 steps to install solar panels as outlined in this video are:

1. Decide where to fit the panels
2. Buy the largest panels possible (Based on your budget and the space available)
3. Buy a Charge controller (MPPT charge controllers are far superior to PWM charge controllers, and can be picked up at a reasonable price online)
4. Fit the solar panels
5. Run the cables and make the electrical connections

In this video I show you how you can make your own ‘solar arch’ without spending thousands (or tens of thousands!) of dollars employing someone else to do this for you.

Fit your own solar panels so you can live on the hook whilst cruising: you’ll save yourself a fortune both in fitting the panels, and in marina fees afterwards!

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