Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Ajustable Solar Pannels that can be pointed at the sun in any angle.

  This setup allows you to point the solar panel at the sun in any angle.  It also acts like a sun shade for the setting sun when its off the stern of the boat.  It is wind proof and very strong.  Easy to adjust (just like pulling the main sheet).  You can see a video of its operation on my YouTube page. 

The pulley system to raise and lower the panel.  The jam cleat at the top of the photo holds the panel just like a jam cleat holds the main sail. 

The jam cleat to lock the panel in place.  I installed it high so that there is no rope interference with the rear of the boat. 

The cleat for the rear support.  I used cleats and a heavy rope that can easily be replaced.  The panels pivot on a pulley just above (out of view of the photo). 

The center hinge that the panel swivels on.  It is on a very large diameter bolt for strength.  The wood block acts as a spacer to facilitate the pivot action. 

Side view of the panel

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Adding refrigeration to a small boat.

I added a small box freezer to my boat.  It is a Southbound Solar 60i multi voltage freezer, around $800 dollars.  It works wonderful and does not drain the batteries.  I added an extra solar panel for a total of 170 watts.  So far the freezer works great.  I dont know how I went without it for so long. 

I did have to sacrifice the closet.  It was pretty small and worthless.  I am currently looking for a new place to hang the few items that need hanging (mostly rain gear).  I will let you know how that go's soon.  
Here is the finished product.  The lower cabinets allow access to the batteries.  The top cabinet swings down to allow removal of the freezer

Here is the unfinished wood.  It was Home Depot plywood.  The whole project cost me just under $100.00

In this photo you can see the 2x4 braces for the removable floor.  I like using 2x4's because they are strong and cheep.  I bolted them threw the bulkheads with nuts and bolts.  The floor (not installed in this photo) is removable for access to the batteries and cables etc.