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Ever since getting my Oliver I have loved modifying different aspects of it.  I have done a bunch of stuff to the electrical system such as going mostly Victron for all components except for the inverter.  Here is my latest mod which consisted of building an aluminum rack and adding 3 200 watt Newpowa solar panels for a total of 600 watts onboard.  They will feed into a Victron 100/50 SCC.  Just got the panels installed today and will be working on the connections tomorrow. I also need to fabricate a bracket for the front panel for a little more security but overall it is very solid. 😛

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Wow! That's great! I'm very excited for you.

We put 600 watts on the boat several years ago, and ditched the cord. 400 watts a few years ago on the Elite,,and rarely have to break our the genset. (200 watts portable solar, in addition.)

Any more photos of brackets? Did you have solar before the 600?

I'm really looking forward to your reports.

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  I replaced the original zamp panels installed by Oliver.  I used 1/8 inch thick aluminum angle.  I used 1 1/2 inch for the cross bars that I mounted to the existing Oliver installed brackets.  I framed the panels with 1 1/4 inch angle down both sides.  This frame was then bolted to the 2 cross bars.  I’ll grab a few more pics tomorrow.

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Looks like a landing pad! 😀

Are your three panels the NPA200S-24I, like the ones supplied by Oliver?

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3 hours ago, Steve Morris said:

Looks like a landing pad! 😀

Are your three panels the NPA200S-24I, like the ones supplied by Oliver?

I went with the 12 volt version.  They were about $40 cheaper per panel and I have them in series so it wouldn't make much difference.

 

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Agreed, need more support up front. Looks like the one small front bracket is taped to the fiberglass, or temporary not yet mounted. Make 2-3 of these brackets, mount with 3M VHB and you're there!

Awesome installation @Jps190, and there are a few of us who feel as you do, where you wrote, "Ever since getting my Oliver I have loved modifying different aspects of it.

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3 hours ago, jd1923 said:

Agreed, need more support up front. Looks like the one small front bracket is taped to the fiberglass, or temporary not yet mounted. Make 2-3 of these brackets, mount with 3M VHB and you're there!

Awesome installation @Jps190, and there are a few of us who feel as you do, where you wrote, "Ever since getting my Oliver I have loved modifying different aspects of it.

If you use VHB consider applying a self leveling sealant around and over the foot of the base.   I believe AMSolar has some YouTube videos on this.

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