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Norm Rhines

WE have four 80 watt panels on our 32, I have to following comments on their behalf.
1.) make them movable (I use two rail mounted panels which I found need to be able to be moved to one side in some cases.
2.) On long passages (if you dont move your panels) 3 out of 4 will be shaded or have a shade line across them = 1/4 power.
3.) Take the time to sand the sharp corners off the Alum. frames as they are sometimes painful.
4.) With Ref we use about 100Ah / Day almost matching the 4 Panlels output of about 85Ah/day could be 120 but we run up aginst the regulator in the afternoon.
5.) On shore or at Anchorage the use and charges balance out as we use less radio, radar, and interior lights.
Hope this helps

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