CAL 29 sailboat build/refit "Traveller"

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    #46
    Originally posted by Java230 View Post

    Nice! Spend the money for a MPPT controller IMO.
    I already bought a controller, as prescribed by this blogger on how to DIY with solar panel installations. http://www.captaincurran.com/2014/10...s-on-boat.html

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      #47
      Well if it burns to the ground you should be close enough to water for it not to be a problem for long.



      https://www.thefitrv.com/rv-tips/how...need-on-my-rv/
      In case you want to nerd out and get a bunch of information to calculate how much power you can crank out of those panels and how many batteries you'll want.
      Just make sure your solar panels don't cook your batteries when you're not on the boat. Solar still works when you're not sailing and it's all connected.

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        #48
        Originally posted by Drummer79 View Post

        I already bought a controller, as prescribed by this blogger on how to DIY with solar panel installations. http://www.captaincurran.com/2014/10...s-on-boat.html

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        That's old school pwm. Will work fine, but not as efficient

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          #49
          Originally posted by Java230 View Post

          That's old school pwm. Will work fine, but not as efficient
          For my needs, basically running LED lights inside and all at night or whatever, it should be fine. Shore power will handle all the heavy lifting. I'll have to write up my end goal wiring ideas so people better with electricity than I am can chime in.

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            #50
            Originally posted by Drummer79 View Post

            For my needs, basically running LED lights inside and all at night or whatever, it should be fine. Shore power will handle all the heavy lifting. I'll have to write up my end goal wiring ideas so people better with electricity than I am can chime in.
            Yes will probably be fine. Just inefficient ​​​​​​

            Use good wire. Tinned. That's all else I have to add

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              #51
              Originally posted by Java230 View Post

              Yes will probably be fine. Just inefficient ​​​​​​

              Use good wire. Tinned. That's all else I have to add
              Yes. I've bought a book about wiring boats to code. Every wire will be properly sized, tinned, fastened every so often, and most important, labeled so I know where the hell the wires go.

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                #52
                Originally posted by Java230 View Post

                Yes will probably be fine. Just inefficient ​​​​​​

                Use good wire. Tinned. That's all else I have to add
                And quality heat shrink connectors. Crimped with a ratcheting tool made for them

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                  #53
                  Originally posted by ANGELO View Post

                  And quality heat shrink connectors. Crimped with a ratcheting tool made for them
                  Done and done. use nothing but ancor connectors, I think that's spelled right, on everything and a good ratcheting crimper.

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                    #54
                    Which crimper are you using? Just curious...

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                      #55
                      Originally posted by gozuki View Post
                      Which crimper are you using? Just curious...
                      I'll have to check next time I'm on the boat. a buddy gave it to me for Christmas to help rewire the boat. It's got 3 or 4 sets of jaws for depending on what you're crimping.

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                        #56
                        Originally posted by Drummer79 View Post

                        Yes. I've bought a book about wiring boats to code. Every wire will be properly sized, tinned, fastened every so often, and most important, labeled so I know where the hell the wires go.
                        If you want to go all out..... Heat shrink label maker. I've always wanted one

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                          #57
                          You've got my attention. I'm jealous. We spent a week in BVI last year on a cat, time of my life, could have spent another week but my liver couldn't take it. The good spots there at night were mooring balls only. The dinghy got a workout. Just one more thing for you to consider. Keep us updated!

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                            #58
                            Originally posted by Java230 View Post

                            If you want to go all out..... Heat shrink label maker. I've always wanted one
                            I bought a label maker, but yeah that would be the shit

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                              #59
                              Originally posted by Chzbrgr View Post
                              You've got my attention. I'm jealous. We spent a week in BVI last year on a cat, time of my life, could have spent another week but my liver couldn't take it. The good spots there at night were mooring balls only. The dinghy got a workout. Just one more thing for you to consider. Keep us updated!
                              When I get her finished I intend to live on her at least part time. 247.50 per month for power, water, sewer, internet, etc..hard to beat. I'll still have my house a few blocks away, but it opens up opportunities as well, like sail the boat one weekend out to Morehead City or something and dock it there, then I'm right at the inlet and can use the boat as a weekend place to stay, and go out in the big water in an hour's time, not a half a day trip or whatever.

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                                #60
                                Fuck yeah man, didn't know you'd made a thread! Definitely following, what an adventure.

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