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Vlog of my Trailer-able Houseboat camper build. I want to make it off grid and electrically powered by the sun so my second major purchase for the Houseboat is …

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15 Comments on "Cheap Solar Panels for My Trailer-able Houseboat"

  1. Charles New says:

    could make an extendable deck for the shower that folds down and using a shower curtain ,save deck space,

  2. Bit Workx says:

    One tough thing about main area height is say having to duck going in and out of that space. You can always lower the top height, but then your panels angles get flatter. I was wondering in that last shot if you were going to lose the cross pieces (front and back) and beef up the pieces that form the top.

  3. Bit Workx says:

    I like the design of the boat, solar panels, etc. Will people climb over the couch to go out the back door (step over piece)? Electric steering. Could you make a large version of a remote control aircraft…some sort of remote control motor controller and your hand held remote?

  4. Bit Workx says:

    Make a folding 4 foot deck with a tight net across it (tight net or like a deck with wood) – so when you're on the water it's out 4 ft…when it's headed for the boat trailer, it's folded up. Add a slot on furthest end for a post that holds the hammock off the deck.

  5. Maribeth P says:

    looks good. where are you going to install the stern, bow and side cleats?

  6. Dejay Rezme says:

    Nice! Although your nice rounded roof is gone 😀

    I'm also thinking about a boat running on solar panels atm, but it's pretty tight. With your 1.5 kW you have 2 HP under ideal conditions, maybe half that on a normal sunny day. Electric motors can be more efficient though so maybe 2.5 HP. I think that is pretty anemic for a boat this size. Especially since this is probably a planing boat. For short trips off battery this might be fine, but if you want to travel in it, it's going to be a problem.

  7. John Beckman says:

    She won't look nearly as tall when she is in the water/ off the trailer.

  8. Will says:

    Had you fixed the Casita you could have separated it from the frame, dropped it on the the boat and you would have been set to go sailing

  9. Jim Brooks says:

    Coming along nicely. For a way to get in and close it up. I was thinking of a sliding glass door on the track. You can do one in the back and the front and both of them would let in all kinds of light. And if your worried about glass use that plastic glass can't think of the word. Just a thought good video.

  10. Trust me man give yourself another foot

  11. You will always front beach the boat, due to the motor so the access labber would have to be on bow. If your talking about land access or on trailer,look at how they have them for pontoon trailer they are by the winch. And don't forget mooring connections to each rear corner so the wind can't blow you side ways when beached. Nothing worse that a wind switch at 2 a.m……..looks awesome!

  12. John Coloe says:

    Linear actuators for remote steering. Myriad configurations available. Simple. Reliable. Affordable.

    Would need to see the throttle setup for the motor, but sounds like an ESC (Electronic Speed Controller) is what's needed for throttle. ESC's of all kinds are likewise simple, reliable and affordable.

    These would be simple "fly-by-wire" systems, substituting mechanical connections (cables, linkages, etc.) for electrical ones. Turn to port, send power to the appropriate linear actuator, etc. Twist the throttle (ESC) to control power to the motor spinning the prop.

    You might consider tearing down a trolling motor, then scaling it's mechanisms up mated to the larger motor.

  13. Lee Miller says:

    Are the panels local pickup to Atlanta?

  14. Damon Davis says:

    Good ole sketch up. Fun project

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