a match made in heaven!
Okay, our sailboat isn’t electric, I admit that right upfront. BUT, it’s a sailboat, 85% of the time it’s propelled by wind power. Our diesel tanks usually last us 1 1/2 winter seasons of 5 months each. Yep, this particular season is very short, we got started late.
Now, at home, our solar panels can make a max of 10 kW, on our boat it’s 2 kW. That’s enough for us to never have to plug in AND still run a water heater, water maker, washing machine, two fridges, a freezer box, microwave, coffee machine, toaster, all lights and electronics, a Vitamix and a panini grill. Sometimes, we get out the electric waffle iron, too. 😉 Even though we like our creature comforts, we don’t have a generator on board. We never needed and certainly never missed the stink, the noise, the dirt, or the repairs!
It’s not rocket science, there is no reason for it to be so expensive or complicated. Our boat and our friend’s place are the best examples.
The other important component to solar energy is the battery. At home, we don’t have one (yet), we feed the grid with what we don’t use ourselves instead. On the boat, we have a Lithium Iron Phosphate Battery that can store 18kWh, that’s almost two Tesla Powerwalls. This is enough to take us through several days of cloudy weather.