Onboard Solar Installations

After the initial expense, solar panels energize your boat free of charge. Read more here.

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This Marlow Explorer’s solar panels are exposed to the maximum amount of sun, while positioned out of harm’s way.

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Three panels (pictured) and a charger/controller for the author’s 390-watt system sells for about $2,500. Installation will set you back by about the same amount.

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Silicon solar cell structure and mechanism.

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Solar controller