Marine News from the Great Lakes

So, You Want to Go Solar?

Published: Monday, November 30, 2020
By: Tom Trimmer

Having plenty of electric power on board while cruising can make the difference between a fantastic experience and a marginal one. At Custom Marine Products, we know this because we are cruising sailors ourselves, specializing in marine solar systems and LiFePO4 marine battery energy storage systems. Close interaction with our customers, combined with our well-proven design process, is key to providing the best solar power system for our customers.

Marine solar panels are an excellent source of electrical power for the cruising sailboat or powerboat. Custom Marine Products provides all sizes of rigid, semi-rigid (walk on), and flexible marine solar panels for boats. Our solar panels are designed in the USA and built to our specifications—especially for marine environments—by highly acclaimed manufacturers. Our innovative solar panel mounting hardware is robust and made in the USA.

The key to a high performance, high quality marine solar panel that will last is the quality of the solar cells used in the panel. Custom Marine Products uses only the highest efficiency grade A+ solar cells. Our panels are built with premium SunPower monocrystalline back contact solar cells and superior laminates and materials.

Marine batteries are another essential component of an efficient and effective boat power system. LiFePO4 (lithium iron phosphate) marine batteries are a significant advancement in battery storage technology. CMPower LiFePO4 lithium based marine batteries are a cost effective and powerful drop-in replacement for lead acid and AGM batteries and are designed for the rigorous and unique demands of the marine environment. 

The many advantages of CMPower LiFePO4 batteries over lead acid batteries include less than half the weight at twice the useable power; up to ten times the cycle life; a constant discharge current; totally safe, faster, and more efficient charging; and a built in Bluetooth battery monitor.

To learn the basics of solar power, solar system design, and LiFePO4 marine battery storage systems, visit our website at, email us at [email protected], or call 248-705-8337.

This article first appeared in the Buyer's Guide 2021 (Nov/Dec 2020) of Great Lakes Scuttlebutt magazine.

tags: Retrofitting, Environmental Impact


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