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Aurinco Solar

 

Thin, Walk-On Solar for your Boat

• Efficient – monocrystalline silicon provides twice the power of thin film panels

• Ultrathin – All models are only 3/16″ (4.5 mm) thick

• Light-weight – ideal for racing, or for mounting on a bimini, dodger or other light structure

• Flat front – there is NOTHING protruding from the surface that can catch sheets, sails or your feet

• Snug-fit back – wires are recessed and protected in grooves, either mounted hidden through tiny holes to interior or without holes on top

• Rugged – sealed with a durable UV-resistant surface, salt water proof to IP67

• Step-on – you can step on the textured surface and add optional anti-skid strips

• Mount on curved surface – the narrow Bluewater modules are slightly flexible and can be installed to follow a curved cabin roof or deck

• Temporary use at anchor – mount on boom with bungee cords, then store under bunk or cushion while underway

• Partial shade resistance – an array of modules is less sensitive to major power loss from boom, mast and sail shadow than a large single panel

• Beautiful not an eyesore on the boat you are so proud of

 PAGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION — SPEC SHEETS & PRICES WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON or phone Hotwire at 727-943-0424.

It is very beneficial to reduce the load on your batteries (for example, by using LED reading lights, LED anchor lights, and other led lights for cruising sailboats…)  in order to reduce the watts of solar panels necessary to recharge your batteries.  

 

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Why I am not a Florida Licensed Contractor

In the state of Florida one of the requirements for a contractors license is verifiable work experience working  for  a contractor for at least three years.  I have never worked for a contractor, and while I thought it might be possible to get around that requirement when I took the tests, it looks like I will never be able to get the license because I won’t be closing our business and going to work for someone else.  I have other certifications; Airframe and Powerplant FAA Certificates, Bachelor’s in Education, ASE (automotive) Master Mechanic, USCG Captain’s License and others, none of which count (nor should they).  I do have 16 years experience working with wind and solar systems, mostly on cruising sailboats.  I have attended various manufacturer’s seminars, including UniRac, Xantrex, Outback,  Sharp, Sanyo, SMA, Morningstar, Southwest Windpower, and others. I stay in touch with new developments and give seminars on “Solar for Your Home”. (Nothing like lecturing in front of a bunch of people to motivate you to know what you are talking about!)  Historically, there have been rebates offered from the State of Florida and from Progress Energy. In order for your solar system to qualify for the  rebate, you will have to show that the system was installed by a licensed electrical or solar contractor.    I have contractors I work with who can do the installation.

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Plant City Install

UniSolar PVLs

Pictured is a system I “integrated” in Plant City, Florida.  For this roof, there is enough surface area to put down almost 6000 watts of solar panels.  Because the roof has little pitch, we were able to put modules on the East and West facing roofs with less than 10% loss in efficiency.   However, in order to keep the overall system efficient, we used two inverters, having two sets of strings with different number of modules in series.

  If you have a steel roof, with flat “pans” of at least 16 inches between the ridges, then you can put down flexible modules.  These UniSolar modules come with adhesive backing, are lightweight, and add no wind loading.

UniSolar PVL modules installed on steel roof.

West Roof
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Dr. LED Kevin deck light

  • Four US Made High-Flux LEDs
  • 600+ Lumen* LED Light
  • Highest lumen-per-watt LEDs outperform other LED lights in its class
  • Best Marine LED Light in the market for commercial and recreational boating
  • Spreader / Deck / Spot LED Light

 

The Kevin is a general purpose waterproof light with four US made high-flux LEDs.  This light is fabricated from the highest quality components to assure long life and trouble-free functioning.  Die cast aluminum housing provides ample heat sinking to the LEDs to ensure long life operation. Their patented internal circuitry provides consistent brightness and makes them immune to life-shortening voltage fluctuations.  Their incredibly low power draw (1A @ 12V) makes them the perfect way to reduce energy consumption. 

$159   BUY NOW

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Dr. LED Cobra chart light

  • Versatile LED Chart & Reading Light with red and soothing warm Cobra Chart Light

    white light

     

  • High-Flux LED
  • Best Marine Chart Light in the market in terms of price and performance
  • Patented US LED Technology

 

World’s First and Only Bi-Color (Red/White) Single High-Flux LED Chart and Reading Light.

 

$99  BUY NOW

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LED lights for cruising boats, RVs, Cabins

LEDs are advancing rapidly.  Although they have always been very energy efficient, the earlier ones  were blueish-colored, not very bright, and not very long-lived (see our Yard Sale section).  Fortunately, the newer ones have overcome those problems.  They are now available in just about any form to replace nearly any light bulb, and the prices are coming down.   Because we (at least try) to keep up with what’s happening in LEDs and represent several companies that make LED lights, we can probably recommend the best product for your application.  Call us for suggestions.   Following are some of the companies we represent, in no particular order:

Stecktronics – Reynold Steckley in Marathon, FL, has been building extremely reliable, bright, and energy efficient bulb replacements and assemblies for years now.  He builds LED clusters that replace incandescent bulbs, optionally assembles them into housings, and now has navigation light assemblies.  His latest offering are USCG approved anchor and tri-color lights.  The tri-color/anchor is available with an innovative feature:  The anchor and tri-color can both operate off of two wires, and you choose between anchor and tri-color by turning the switch on and off (no additional switching required).  Also, the anchor light can be made to “strobe” by a sequence of switching.   He makes  an anchorlight assembly for $66, the best value on the market, and it fits the same mounting holes as the Aqua Signal.

Orca Green Marine – One of the first on the market with USCG approved navigation light assemblies.  Extremely waterproof and bright.

Dr LED – Chinese-made bulb replacements (and now some housing assemblies) for nearly any housing, interior or navigation light.  Simply remove the old bulb and install the LED cluster:  plug-and-play.  The anchor light bulb replacement ($46) has been the most popular and is the most cost effective LED replacement you can get.  It is USCG approved when used in an Aqua Signal series 40 housing.  Latest offerings are an LED deck light (the “Kevin”) and a very stylish chart light.  New: the only bulb replacement for small stainless domed nav lights used on small boats.

Marine Beam – The first company to offer a replacement LED cluster for small recessed dome lights.  Warm colors, very energy efficient and reliable.  At $10 their Davis Megalight bulb replacement is a best value and is more energy efficient and brighter than the original.

Bebi –   Former cruisers now living in Fiji build these basic bulb replacements.  A wide variety of products, all with a lifetime warranty.  One of the most energy efficient product choices available and comes with a dual circuit driver that increases reliability.  Hand-made and sometimes requires additional handiwork to install.  Check out their Fautasi fluorescent light relacement and Beka cockpit light.

Sailor’s Solutions (makers of the SensiBulb) – Technically one of the most advanced bulb replacements, with precise energy and heat control (needed for the newer SMT LEDs). Made in the USA.   Innovative mounting system allows it to be used in a reading light or dome light.  Bright and warm, you can’t tell there is an LED in the fixture. See the Sensibulb here.

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Yard Sale/Used Marine Equipment

It’s like a yard sale for cruisers… We have a lot of stuff that has accumulated, mostly used marine equipment, but also new, older stock.  Some of this stuff  we purchased thinking it could be resold, then didn’t sell for whatever reason, like not meeting our qualifications, not a popular item, or we didn’t take the time to market it.  Some of this stuff was part of something we used, some of it left over R&D, and some is left over from our days of sailing/cruising.  None of the Yard Sale stuff has a warranty, but I will give a satisfaction guaranty; send it back for a full refund within two weeks of purchase if you are unhappy for any reason.

C-40 charge controller, formerly on the KISSMobile.  Old, but works (maybe better than the new ones)… $25

Amp Air wind generator.  Like new. With Charge Controller (only), $35

LED clusters. Various types, let me know what you want.

LED clusters for replacing an incandescent bulb   $1 – $5/EACH.  call    (727) 943-0424

Handy Hangers.  These are the neatest thing for hanging lines.  Two versions, one for a flat surface (or a mast) and the other for a lifeline or one inch rail.  Coil your rope and insert. Can also be used to hang bicycles, hoses, you name it.  Only a few left.  $5/ea call (727) 943 -0424

Charts,  about 300 of them.  Mostly out of date.  Great for wall covering or table tops.  Some from Japan, south Pacific.  Mostly Caribbean, south and central America.  Mostly NOAA, some Admiralty, some chart books, and others.  $2/ea.  $300 all.   Please, I’m not going to go through them all looking for a specific chart for two dollars.  My list that had every chart and all the infomation was lost when the boat sank (it’s a long story)…

Spinaker poles, 2; one bent with good fittings, one straight with bad fittings.  You make one and recycle the rest.  $100

Fans:  Over the years we’ve tested many fans.   These are mostly 120MM X 120MM X 38MM.  About 20 Panaflo FBA12G12M 0.48A and 0.33A.  Some Rotron, Nidec, Delta, others.  $3 /ea  Let me know what you are looking for.

Circuit board with amplifier and parts. LM380N , momentary push on switch, 2) 8 pin telephone-like plugs.  Orginally an amplifier for cell phones used with a speaker in a car.  I have several hundred.  $0.50 or best offer.   (727) 943-0424

Cords; 120 volt A/C, 18/2, 5ft. two conductor with wall plug (no ground).  Black cord, one side with tracer.  New, but dusty $0.50.  Several hundred in stock.   (727) 943-0424

NC25A charge controller, $25 factory reconditioned

Blue Sky Energy SB6024 factory reconditioned $400

Blue Sky Energy SB3048 factory reconditioned $400

 

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Doohickies

Mounting solar panels on a boat certainly can be a challenge.  I’ve used just about every kind of hardware  commercially available, but still needed something to attach to various sizes of round tube, so I came up with this product.

They can be used to mount anything to a round tube and then function as a pivot, if two of them are in line, or to attach fixed in position if three or more are used.

I used them for the pivot on this “tabletop” mount:

 

Or, they can be used to rigidly mount solar when you have two tubes to mount onto, as over a bimini top, like so:

over-the-bimini

Doohickie $10   BUY NOW