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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Petersson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 May 2019 at 13:57
Iíve pulled cables to fit tv antenna in mast. Brought the cable from the cable intake behind the liner to the light closest to the chart table. From there i used to steel springs that electricians use to pull cables throug cable ducts. Link of example below. I fitted the steel spring with magnets in the end, used one from the said light outtake an one from the charttable end. That was how i managed the double/triple curvarure. 

Also: when you have done something similar, dont forger the draw an axtra piece of string and leave be. Next time around, you just use that. 



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Matt1 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 May 2019 at 17:25
Finally got the cable routed and the panel installed. Just need to tidy up some connections. Couldn't have routed the cable without the USB endiscope. I couldn't connect the Victron app to the Bluetooth MPPT as it required a password that they hadn't supplied me :( Will do so when next on the boat on Friday. It's a 110w panel so even in the UK I'm hoping it will be enough to keep the batteries charged on her river mooring.

Shame to panel extends beyond the hatch garage but could probably still remove the garage if rqd and frankly I cant think of a scenario in which I would need to anyway


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Nelson01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 May 2019 at 20:17
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When possible,I would like to see some pic of your installation.We are planning on going that route but with 3 flex panels in front of spray hood.Just not sure how to route the wiring.

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I have 2 Solara panels, an 80w is a perfect fit for coach roof garage and 40W sits just in front between saloon hatch.  Both running through VictronConnect MPPT, at weekend in bright sun without shadow together at best delivered 95w, and seemed to keep batteries topped up, with fridge, autohelm etc running, so really pleased. I have only just added the 40w, the 80w has been installed since new and was not quite enough. The VictronConnect Bluetooth is fab, code to link is 000000 (6 zeros). Cable routing through coach roof and down compression post to batteries.
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Agree the MPPT with Bluetooth is great. For those that haven't seen one here is a typical read out
 
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote S&J Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 May 2019 at 13:18
An update showing how I wired solar panel from the sprayhood ridge.  The cable was accessed from the companionway light fitting and then routed via the shower area to the battery.








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Good morning , I am looking at installing a solar panel on my 355 on the hatch garage. My initial idea was to run the wires up to the swan neck on deck and then follow the path of the mast wires to the port side switch panel. This to me would seem to be the simplest route but it seems most people run via the companionway hatch via the heads etc. Why have most people chosen that route as it would seem to me to be more complex and drilling at least one hole in the boat vs running via the swan neck on deck and not drilling any holes?

Thank you in advance

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mr Bluesky Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 October 2020 at 07:35
Matt,
Itís not a problem drilling to run cables, we have installed 3 panels on our 385, all with separate cable glands through the coachroof, and never suffered any water ingress.  An easy route is to drill next to the roof hatch and push the cable forward to the stainless compression post, then down that under saloon sole boards and into battery compartment.
Mr Blue Sky has 80w on hatch, 40w directly in front of that, then another 40w in front of mast, all three in a line.  We have them run in series to gain max amps, and donít really suffer much with shading.  
We have a friend that has done similar but wired parallel and does not gain any more during the day.
Most important is a good MPPT controler, We have a VictronConnect which also has a Bluetooth link to smart phone to monitor performance, very addictive!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote mattplowman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 October 2020 at 08:14
Thank you for your reply. Can you think of any reason why running cables forward to the swan neck and in that way would not be suitable? I am thinking will be a lot easier to run to battery compartment as will just follow mast wire route.

Thanks again
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