Solar Powered Pontoon Boat
squarebob Posts: 25Registered Users ✭✭✭
A little history. I have been dabbling in solar for quite a few years. I have a solar powered door on the chicken coop that opens at dawn and closes 1 hour after dusk. It has been working for 6 years with one recent battery change. I have a 130w panel on a north south, east west tracker powering 4, 6v gc2 batteries in series hooked to a samlex 24v 2000w psw inverter , monitored by a bogart 2025. Backup power is a 6hp 4.4 kw single cylinder, 750 rpm diesel lister type engine that turns a 150amp, 24v truck alternator thru a balmar controller. It also spins a 7.5 KW gen head for other loads. Well I picked up an old (1995) 18' pontoon boat the other day with a 50 hp 2 cycle outboard. This boat was begging for a trolling motor. I picked up a 12v minn kota 30# trolling motor and rigged it up on the back of the boat to see what it would do. It would move the boat about 2 mph. I put on my inventors hat and went to work with a few ideas I had up my sleeve. I decided that I would use 2 trolling motors, one behind each log, to power the boat. I removed the top of the motors and rigged up some linear actuators for steering and also for power trim.