Solar on a sailboat goes together like hands and gloves, but sailboat solar systems can be installed in a variety of ways. The solar components themselves create an infinite combination of possibilities for off-grid sailing. Victron Energy chargers, Renogy Panels, Sunpower Yachts, BlueSea Systems, and many more brands have entered the marketplace, and that’s not including the lithium battery companies.
To simplify things, we’ve compiled three sailboat solar systems videos to give you an overview of what’s possible. And to help you decide on your own simple solar panel setup for sailing.
How-To Install Solar Panels on Your Sailboat
This system from Zingaro shows flexible panels summing 300w of power on a 38′ catamaran.
300W Solar System:
- Three 100w solar flexible panels
- 1 MPPT Solar charger controller
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100W HQST Flexible Solar Panels $100-$200
Simple Sunpower Solar System
This simple solar system from The Fosters shows a quick and easy setup with limited space on top of a bimini.
Sunpower Solar Panels are considered by most in the industry as the gold standard. They use the highest-efficiency solar cells and have top-notch build quality. In this simple installation, three 50w panels are just enough to get you started. Plus, it’s the most affordable installation!
150w Starter Solar System
- Three 50w Flexible Solar Panels
- A Single 15amp solar charge controller
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50W Sunpower Solar Panels $150-$200
Off-Grid on a DIY Solar Powered Sailboat
Here’s a special installation that turned a derelict sailboat into an off-grid sailing machine!
Simon has transformed this derelict sailboat into an epic off-grid solar-powered and fossil-fuel-free cruising catamaran. He’s been living aboard and renovating the boat for the past 3.5 years We’re excited to show you the transformation as well as how he plans to propel the boat without the use of diesel or fossil fuels!
5280w Solar System for Electric Powered Catamaran
- 16 Rigid solar panels (330w each)
- 20kwh of Lithium Batteries