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Solar Ambassadors

When we first started Sun Powered Yachts five years ago, we envisioned creating a tribe of solar sailors.  That vision has now expanded to encompass a multi ocean and land based community of people solar powering their sailboats, motor yachts,  RVs, e-bikes, and other unique off grid projects.   And every day as someone new goes solar, this sustainably minded tribe expands even more.  We could not do this without the help and support of some key tribe members, our Solar Ambassadors.  

 

More often than not, these people are more than just solar sailors, they each have a deeper commitment to love and care for the environment and practice habits in line with that ethos.  We hope that in sharing their stories, and solar installation details, that more people will be inspired to go solar on their own boats, RVs, tiny homes, vans or special projects.  

If you are interested in becoming one of our Solar Ambassadors, please click the button below more info about your boat or solar project needs and tell how why you want to represent this amazing solar tribe.  

 

Part of your responsibilities as an Ambassador is to use your social media, YouTube, or other platforms to help share your solar story and get more people talking about solar.  Check out our pages on Instagram Facebook and Twitter

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Two The Horizon

Two The Horizon
Passport 42'
2x410 upgrade to 3x470

Jack and Sonya, of Two the Horizon Sailing, also run Spirit Marine Services all from their solar powered Passport 42', SV Gemini. They help sailors with system upgrades like adding solar, as well as new boat consulting, knowledge and cruising guidance. They're now operating from Baja. You can follow their YouTube episodes for their upcoming electric conversion with new 470W.

SV Delos

SV Delos
Amel Super Maramu

2x170W, 4x110W, 3x410W

Brian & Karin from SV Delos had to remove one of their fixed frame panels to make space for their internet dome.  To replace the lost power they added 780W of SunPower flexible solar panels.  They have a 24V battery bank so wired the panels in series to increase the voltage. Watch their YouTube video and check out  www.svddelos.com

Sailing La Vagabonde

Sailing La Vagabonde
Rapido 60'
170W Flex & 2x470W

Riley and Elayna have been building there new OceanVolt powered trimaran, and will power their adventures with the SUN, with the install of their 170W flex system for life on anchor, and 2 x Max3-470-COM panels aft for daily power production. Visit their YouTube channel for more details.  www.sailing-lavagabonde.com

NAOS Yachts

Naos Yachts
Beneteau Figaro3

1x 110W

Charlie at NAOS Yachts ocean tested a SunPower 110W aboard his foiling Figaro3 on the TransPac 2019.  Needless to say it was a wet and bumpy ride from LA-Hawaii & the 110W powered all their items on the 2,200NM crossing.  Read our blog post for more details.

sailing nandji

Sailing Nandji
Tayana 47'
3x415W

When Yosh and Bonita sold Nandji, and upgraded to a bigger vessel they wanted to update their current system with new Maxeon fixed frame panels, as the new boat has AC, freezer, and more electronics than before.   

Checkout their refit and more info in their YouTube videos and website:

www.sailingnandji.com

sailing zephyr

Sailing Zephyr
Beneteau Oceanis 43'
2x 410W

Sailing Zephyr sail a 2010 Beneteau Oceanis 43 and were looking for more power to head from Florida into the Caribbean.  They removed their existing panels and installed 2x410W SunPower panels - almost a 64% increase in their solar system in the same footprint.  Watch their YouTube episode #166 to learn more

calico skies

Calico Skies
Sabre 37'

3x 410W + Flex

We met Ed at the Big Bay Boat Show in January 2019 and he went on to install his 2x110W SunPower flex panels aboard his 43' Jeanneau and put together a great write up on the installation process.  Wired in parallel to a Victron 100|30 this allowed Ed room for expanding his solar array, which he did with 2 more 110W panels.  Read his case study in our news feed. 

cruisers academy

Cruisers Academy
Passport 42'
2x 410W

Explore further!  With 2x110W panels Scott is able to explore more remote parts of the Baja peninsular and stay out camping for longer.  He uses solar to power his Dometic cooler aswell as laptop, phones etc  By using a 50' PV extension cable he can park in the shade and run the panels out into the sun and move them during the day to capture more sun.  

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RV with Tito
2 x 170W

Brian from RVwithTito has been installing & experimenting with solar on his RV for many years.  More recently he added some SunPower 170W with a neat method that meant zero holes in his roof!  Check out his website www.rvwithtito.com or search his YouTube channel for more details on his projects.

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