The Linssen Dutch Sturdy 320 is built for long voyages and a comfortable stay on board. The owner of this yacht wanted a removable solar system, which should also occupy only the front part of the canopy.
Problematic with this wish: The canopy is divided into narrow strips by its stainless steel frame. To avoid damage to the solar cells due to excessive bending, installations overlapping the frame should be avoided at all costs.
The solution: SR series solar panels – mechanically very resistant by design – were reinforced in the ships longitudinal axis with thin fiberglass strips. This allows bending only in the transverse axis, but at the same time they are stiff over the longitudinal axis and thus cannot be damaged by the frame.
Due to its low weight, the system can be mounted directly on the fabric without reinforcements on the canopy. All parts needed for the installation are included, only a saddler or sailmaker is required for the sewing work. Waterproof MC4 connectors provide the connection to a Victron SmartSolar charge controller.
Installation using zippers, protected by Velcro tabs made of Sunbrella in the same color as the bimini, allows for quick installation and removal while maintaining very high wind resistance. The solar panels can thus be left on the canopy even when the boat is left for a longer period of time, so that the battery always remains charged.
203Wp provide about 50-80Ah per day in summer – enough for self-sufficient operation of refrigerator and LED lighting.
Panel series: SR
Battery voltage: 12V
Battery type: AGM