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Factory Installed Solar Panel on a 1999 380

Jul 26, 2019
4
Hunter 380 Perseverance II Daytona Beach, Fl
Question......My daughter just bought a 1999 Hunter 380. Is the factory installed solar panel on the boat worth replacing? She is the third owner of the boat and I have no idea how long it has not worked. I seems fairly small and is partially shaded by the boom a lot of the time, but a replacement is available through Hunter Owners.

Thanks

TB
 
Oct 19, 2017
5,213
O'Day 19 Littleton, NH
TB,
Those panels are more than old enough to require replacing. If they are partially shaded, be sure of what type of panel you replace them with.
Which solar panels work best in the shade?

Whether or not it is worth while to replace them at all is a question much harder to answer without knowing how you use your boat.

-Will (Dragonfly)
 
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Aug 18, 2018
16
Hunter 410 Windpilot MDR
That small panel was designed to keep only the start battery topped off in case the boat was unattended/unplugged for some time. It was small enough to not need a controller and did exactly what it was intended for.
I upgraded to a small 50 watt panel with a controller. Way overkill for that battery but the controllers USB ports can charge whatever you have that needs charging.
shading in this case has never been an issue.
 
Jan 12, 2011
818
Hunter 410 full time cruiser
That small panel was designed to keep only the start battery topped off in case the boat was unattended/unplugged for some time. It was small enough to not need a controller and did exactly what it was intended for.
I upgraded to a small 50 watt panel with a controller. Way overkill for that battery but the controllers USB ports can charge whatever you have that needs charging.
shading in this case has never been an issue.
Question......My daughter just bought a 1999 Hunter 380. Is the factory installed solar panel on the boat worth replacing? She is the third owner of the boat and I have no idea how long it has not worked. I seems fairly small and is partially shaded by the boom a lot of the time, but a replacement is available through Hunter Owners.

Thanks

TB
I see you took my advise on CF and came here. I don't believe the store has a replacement, but there are threads of people replacing theirs (Personally I wouldn't bother)