There are many ways to get your solar wires into the boat but few are as elegant and reliable as the ScanStrut watertight deck glands. I prefer the robust stainless versions but they also make them in a plastic body version as well. This one is a ScanStrut DS30-S.
Here's a photo of the panel installed onto the bimini. The bimini will also get a Velcro lapel to cover the panel feed wire. We wanted to get the panel installed and the wire run before laying out the wires lapel.
On top of the lapel we will be adding a "Strapless bimini Kit" making the bimini nice and taught. In this pic the straps are not even installed. It was purposely take this way to show just how light this panel really is. There is no tension on the forward bow at all other than gravity.
While no sailboat has the perfect spot for a solar panel, to 100% eliminate shading, on this boat the bimini top was still the best bet.
125W of Invisible Solar
Once again the bimini has not yet been tensioned to illustrate just how light weight these panels really are.
Another benefit for this installation is the minimal disruption to the vessels aesthetics. The owner of this beautiful custom built Able 42 preferred not to add any more visible "junk on the trunk" so to speak. The Solbian CP-125 sewn to the bimini is all but invisible power not further degrading the vessels lines at anchor...
Unless you've gone to great lengths to mount & secure rigid aluminum frame solar panels they will likely need to come off and get stowed below in rough weather while at sea.
One huge benefit of the Solbian panel, over a rigid panel, is that it stows neatly underneath a berth mattress. It stows so flat you won't even know it is under there and does not impact sleeping on it.
With a rigid aluminum frame panel the last thing you want are the sharp edges gouging up your woodwork or a 40 pound panel flying around the cabin in rough seas. This is not an issue with a lightweight Solbian panel.
Where's The Panel?
The 125W Solbian panel is under this berth mattress hidden, out of sight and protected from gouging up woodwork.. I laid down in the aft cabin and was unable to tell it was even there. This is one great unadvertised benefit of the Solbian panels.
Purchasing Solbian Solar Panels:
After numerous requests from readers asking to buy these panels from me I have finally become a Solbian & Genasun dealer. If you are interested in purchasing a Solbian Solar panel or Genasun MPPT controller please click the link below for pricing:
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