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Solar panels recommendations

Old 07-27-2013, 09:11 AM
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I have a Four winns 268 and I am spending many nights now in the summer on it and would like to install solar panels to avoid using the generator or engine to top up the batteries.

I can install 2 panels one on the right of the radar and one on the left on the tower. I need enough electricity to power the small fridge all day and the bilge pumps in case they go on for any reason. I have the Blue Seas 7650 installed on the boat a Mercruiser 8.1 engine a Kohler 4KVA 4CX23 generator a battery charger attached to the generator and 2 batteries.
How many panels should I install and of what wattage and what are their dimensions and cost? Give me 1-2 options so I can choose please.

Also can you tell me if I can install more than one services batteries and if this should be identical to the starting battery or if all services batteries should be identical between them?

Thanks very much for the help.

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