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Old 12-04-2018, 01:52 AM   #1
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Hello all, first time poster in the forum. I am the new owner of a 1998 3000SCR, and I'm curious about the addition of a portable solar kit such as this one: https://www.goalzero.com/shop/kits/g...lus-solar-kit/

Does anybody have any experience using these on their rig? It seems like it could be a good way to get some power to the fridge/cabin outlets while away from the dock? Would be curious to hear what experience folks might have, and any installation recommendations.
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Old 12-05-2018, 11:49 AM   #2
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Not tried it but looks pretty good, might try it myself.


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Old 12-05-2018, 12:13 PM   #3
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Welcome aboard.

You should look at what the load you plan to have on it and for how long. It's rated for 33Ah at 12V so if your load is 15Ah it will give you 2 hours of power. Not saying it won't meet your needs you just need to do the math. Remember when you said I'll never do one of these math questions in school well here you go.
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Old 12-05-2018, 01:12 PM   #4
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Thanks for that mmwjr. I'm not really planning to load it much, other than keeping the fridge cold. Sometimes I might use it for overnight on the water which might mean I power up the TV and cabin/deck lights, but I'll probably plan for that separately and make sure I come in with a full charge. Does anybody know what type of power draw the fridge has? My boat's in storage right now so I'm not able to check the specs.
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A 3.6 CU fridge will typically draw about 5-6 amps/hr.
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Old 12-05-2018, 10:12 PM   #6
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rcsummers welcome aboard,

You might consider a new Honda EU2200i super quite and compact generator. You can run this little guy on you swim platform and barely hear it down below.
We often raft up with 3-5 boats and run one of these genies to power the tunes and blenders. We strap it down on the bow pulpit.
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Old 12-06-2018, 03:25 PM   #7
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Careful strapping a genny to the bow while at anchor. Unless you have a current the breeze will be off your bow and blow the exhaust into the cockpit and cabin areas.
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Great point Phillbo,

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