Here comes the sun

Vingilótë’s seven rooftop solar panels

I must say, the sun is truly an awesome thing. Not only does it light and warm the whole world, through the artifice of Victron’s amazing solar panels it provides all the electricity we need. Lights, navigation, refrigeration, desalination, hot showers, satellite internet, watching movies, even air conditioning is running purely off of the tropical sun. Shoutout to Balance/Nexus/Victron!

We have seven solar panels on the roof of the salon, wired in parallel so even if one is shaded the others will charge. Since this whole trip has been running almost straight downwind, we’ve been using just the Code Zero sail, so the mainsail hasn’t been shading the panels at all. At high sun they generate nearly 2000 W and nearly 100 A. Even when it’s cloudy, they charge the batteries. And as solar panel and battery technology continues to develop, it’s only going to get better. I love living in the future.

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