Installing Solar Panels on our Bimini!


– So we recently bought this 1976, Rasmus 35, thanks to all of the incredible people that purchased our ebook Live Creatively, and are now supporting us on Patreon. Today we’re going to be installing two large flexible solar panels on top of the Bimini.

All of the panels, charge controllers and battery monitors were kindly given to us by Renogy to help us on our boat life adventure. To protect these awesome flexible panels, We want to install them securely to the Bimini.

While also making sure we can remove them for heavy weather sailing. And to do that, we realized we needed a big piece of machinery and we went for it and we bought a sewing machine that is heavy duty, so it can handle like large amounts of fabric and durable fabrics.

(crackling) (lighthearted music) They said they come really oily. And so in the future, we could fix our own sails and make cushions, but today the project is attached the flexible solar panel to our Bimini.

And I’m a little bit nervous to be honest, because I haven’t sewed anything since the seventh grade home-make but it’s a skill that is so useful, And I think it’s gonna be really fun to be able to be self reliant on the boat.

So we decided to invest in ourselves and get this sewing machine. And now I just need to learn how to use it, and hopefully it’s not too difficult and we can get these solar panels attached easily.

(laughing) This is a big machine. (lighthearted music) Think this will fit on our little boat? – [David] It’s gonna sink it. We’re gonna use this as an anchor. – Oh, literally. I mean, it’s definitely not a beginner machine, but I am a beginner so I just I’m gonna have to watch a lot of tutorials I think.

Thank you. (laughs) Everything’s so oily. (lighthearted music) Wow! – There you go! – Yeah, I think I did it. (clanking) Now place the wax. (sewing machine revving) See these groundings? – Yeah, (converses quietly).

– There’s like no border if you touch the cell, you block it and yeah, you have to create space for these guys to go in. – So, panel one, panel two, and our seamstress. – Exactly. So we have these two injected fabrics.

This one is called Sunbrella and it’s like good in the sun. And this is called… (upbeat music) Forget what? But this one’s tough and it won’t have this solar panels like smush through it, or like wear through it, so we had to create kind of like a balance between using both.

And last night we discussed it and I think we have a plan. So the main thing here is that the edge of the solar panel is quite sharp. And with the wind and everything, this is gonna be wiggling. And if you just put it directly onto the Bimini, it would wear through.

So hopefully this extra material that’s really tough will protect the Bimini fabric and everything will be fine. (pencil scratching) (pencil scratching) Great. (fabric ripping) Thank you. (fabric ripping) (Upbeat instrumental music) So we have something like that and then we would be folding this like that, right? I think it works well, right? – Mm hmm.

– Okay, so this is a double-sided tape and we’re gonna put it between the two fabrics so that they stay together when I’m sewing them. And apparently it kind of melts a little bit when it heats up.

So it creates a bit better of a water seal on each of the sewing works. Oh Gosh. Oh, Gosh. Oh Gosh, No, So there we go. So then here is where we’re gonna put this 3M tape and then we’ll stick the solar panel to that.

(sewing machine revving) I feel like, my grandparents who are no longer with us tragically, but they would be very proud because my grandpa was in the Navy and my grandmother was a seamstress. So I feel like we’re really combining skills.

(upbeat folk music) ♪ We saw it coming ♪ ♪ We are the soulmate ♪ My first real sewing project. ♪ But we can’t die heads in the sand ♪ I’m proud of myself. It worked. – [David] Looks great.

– Maybe not the straightest but whatever. (sewing machine revving) That’s that. Actually a pretty good one. – Yeah? – Yeah, we ended on a win. – [David] Heyo! – That’s nice. – [David] Oh, it does look nice.

– For anybody who actually knows how to sew, I feel like you’re gonna be like, wow! It’s a big work in progress, but it is my first time sewing in 20 years. So I think it’s a win. (laughing) Okay.

(fabric ripping) So then I’m gonna have to reinforce that. (sewing machine revving) Whoa, it just goes, cooks that. Whoa, is this smelly? (metal snaps) – Sweet, first one’s in. So today is a very exciting day.

We’re gonna be taking off the tarp and all of this wood so that the boat is finally free because we only have a few days till the boat goes in the water. So we wanna take it off see if we can get the Bimini up and really start prepping her to get her in the water.

(drilling machine humming) Oh, very rusty. (upbeat instrumental music) (yaps happily) (upbeat instrumental music) But how much bigger does the boat feel? – Huge. – It’s like crazy. I can really see us relaxing, lounging up here.

It finally like is starting to feel real, I think. – [David] Yeah. – Like we only were like days away of getting this boat in the water and I can’t believe it. – [David] Like Crazy? – Yeah – Are you excited? – Yeah! I feel like I’m actually like, it’s really sinking in.

(drilling machine revving) That’s (converses quietly). (wood clanging) That’s fun. (drilling machine revving) (upbeat country music) ♪ You’re playing your cards ♪ ♪ With you’re queen-of-hearts ♪ ♪ When everyone falls ♪ ♪ You’re forced to hold ♪ (background music drowns out speaker) ♪ Yeah tracing your path ♪ ♪ Showing no regrets ♪ ♪ Close your eyes to hide your lies ♪ ♪ For all the days ♪ – [David] There we go.

(yaps happily) – Whew, there we go. Okay, way too far. – [David] Look at your hair. – I can’t look at it. I don’t know what it looks like. – [David] Oh my God! It looks crazy. – Okay. (zip crackling) – What? – I broke the zipper.

– [David] It’s breakable. (laughs) – I’m sorry. It just literally it was not much like we can remake that. Not gonna break this zipper. (zip crackling) (conversing quietly) And we’re officially locked out.

Cool, hello. – Hello. – This is gonna have water come in. (David laughs) – [David] What do you think? (yaps happily) So this Bimini project is back on and we’ve had a bit of a frustration because the 3M tape didn’t work the way we wanted, but now we’re gonna try doing it with this amazing, super strong Velcro, and we’re hoping for better results.

So I’m gonna attach this now. It’s very windy. I don’t know if you can hear me and then we’re gonna sew it and everything at the boat yard. Okay, oh I brought the scissors, one second.

(feet pattering) Sweet, I’m gonna sew this. It’s kind of fun to sew outside. – [David] Yeah. – In the elements, Okay, let’s get going. (sewing machine revving) (upbeat instrumental music) – We did it.

– [David] All right, So just put the seizing wire on and then put it on the roof? – Oh, yeah. Seizing wire to each corner, then put it on the Bimini. So we have to attach to the other sides of these, but it’s going well.

(upbeat music) – [David] Just gonna open up these teeth. Please work. I think it’s working. – Really? – Yeah. (yaps happily) I think it’s working. So this video was edited entirely with solar power.

– Through the magic of editing. You have just been fast forwarded two months in time, the boat is in the water. We are happily living aboard. It’s only a few days into our whole experience, but the panels are doing great.

We have two, 160 watt flexible panels. They’re super durable and they’re exactly what we needed for this specific situation. It’s like, there’s not a lot of places to put panels on a boat.

So we really wanted to leverage all the space we had, which meant that we had to figure out a situation with the Bimini. And I’m really proud of the contraption that David and I built. The panels seem really secure, but also really easy to take off in the case of like a storm or something where you wouldn’t want them up here, you can just pop them off on all of these things.

And ta-da you can get them off, but otherwise they’re very secure. So these were the 160 Watts, and then we have a hun… Then we have a 50 watt up in the front right here, another flexible panel.

And we’re just so grateful. Thank you to Renogy for sponsoring this video. This video was actually edited on solar power, which just makes me so happy because I feel like that means the adventure is really happening now.

And we do have one more project with Renogy to do is that we have three rigid solar panels so they don’t only make flexible they have rigid as well. And those will be in the back there three on the stern arch, but that was a whole production getting that stern arch up and we filmed it all.

So that will be another video very soon. Thank you for watching and thank you as well to our patrons for supporting us. They are getting the behind the scenes scoop on all things sailing related, and we’re very grateful for all of you here.

So thank you for watching and we will be in touch shortly. (upbeat music) so we recently bought this 1976 Rasmus 35 thanks to all of the incredible people that purchased our ebook live creatively and are now supporting us on patreon today we’re going to be installing two large flexible solar panels on top of the bimini all of the panels charge controllers and battery monitors were kindly given to us by renergie to help us on our boat life adventure to protect these awesome flexible panels we want to install them securely to the Bimini while also making sure we can remove them for heavy weather sailing and to do that we realized we needed a big piece of machinery and we went for it and we’ve bought a sewing machine that is heavy-duty so it can handle like large amounts of fabric and durable fabrics [Music] they said they come really oily and so in the future we could fix our own sales and make cushions but today the project is attached to the flexible solar panel to our Bimini and I’m a little bit nervous to be honest because I haven’t said anything since the seventh grade ho mech but it’s a skill that is so useful and I think it’s gonna be really fun to be able to be self reliant on the boat so we decided to invest in ourselves and get this sewing machine and now I just need to learn how to use it and hopefully it’s not too difficult and we can get these solar panels attached easily this is a big machine I think this will fit a little bit thinking we’re gonna use this as an anchor literally I mean it’s definitely not a beginner machine but I am a beginner so I just I’m gonna have to watch a lot of tutorials I think thank you everything so oily yeah yeah I think I did it see these crumb things like no border and he touched the cell you block it and yeah you have to create space where these guys go in so panel one panel tube and our seamstress exactly so we have these two types of fabrics this one is called Sunbrella and it’s like good in the Sun and this is called forget what but this one’s tough and it won’t have the some solar panels like smoosh through it mm-hmm I really wear through it so we have to create kind of like a balance between using both and last night we discussed it and I think we have a plan so the main thing here is that the edge of the solar panel is quite sharp and with the wind and everything this is gonna be wiggling and if you just put it directly on to the bimini it would wear through so hopefully this extra of material that’s really tough will protect the Bimini fabric and everything will be fine [Music] [Music] thank you [Applause] [Music] so be it something like that and then we would be folding this thing alright okay so this is a double-sided tape and we’re gonna put it between the two fabrics so that they stay together when I’m showing them and apparently it kind of melts a little bit when it heats up so it creates a better butter for a bit better the water seal on each of the sewing works so there we good and then here is where we’re gonna put the 3m tape and then we’ll stick the solar panel to that I feel like my grandparents who are no longer with us tragically but they would be very proud because my grandpa was in the Navy and my grandmother was a seamstress so I feel like we’re really combining skills projects we gift how’d my failed our access maybe not the story these days when [Music] yeah yeah we ended on a win Hey oh those look nice for anybody who actually knows how to sew I feel like he’ll are gonna be like wow it’s a big work in progress but it is my first time selling in 20 years so I think it’s a win so then I’m gonna have to reinforce that [Music] well it just goes cooks that whoa this is smelly see first ones in so today is a very exciting day we are going to be taking off the tarp and all of this wood so that the boat is finally free because we only have a few days till the boat goes in the water so we want to take it off see if we can get the Bimini up and really start prepping her to get her in the water [Music] but how much bigger does the vote feel huge it’s like crazy I can really see us relaxing lounging up here it’s finally like it’s starting to feel real I think yeah like we only wear like days away of getting this boat in the water I can’t believe it yeah you excited yeah I feel like I’m actually like it’s really sinking in that’s fun [Music] [Applause] [Music] you’re playin your cards with your Queen of Hearts when everyone phones to home we are please in your bed showing no regret [Music] there we go oh there you go look at your hair I can’t look at it I don’t know what it looks like oh my god it looks crazy it’s breakable I’m sorry it just it was not much like we can remake that not gonna break this zipper this fuuny project is back on and we’ve had a bit of a frustration because the 3m tape didn’t work the way we wanted but now we’re gonna try doing it with this amazing super strong velcro and we’re hoping for better results so I’m going to attach this now it’s very windy I don’t know if you can hear me and then we’re gonna sew it and everything at the boatyard sweet okay so this kind of fun to show outside yeah in the elements okay let’s get going [Music] all right so just put the seizing wire on a minute yeah others using wire to each corner then put it on the Bimini so we have to attach the other sides of these by Dunlop [Music] open up these cute [Music] ah I think it’s working yeah I think it’s working so this video was edited entirely with solar power see the magic of editing you have just been fast forward in two months and time the boat is in the water we are happily living aboard it’s only a few days into our whole experience but the panels are doing great we have to 160 watt flexible panels they’re super durable and they’re exactly what we needed for this like specific situation it’s like there’s not a lot of places to put panels on a boat so we wanted to leverage all the space we had which meant that we had to figure out a situation with the Bimini and I’m really proud of the contraption that David and I built the panel’s seemed really secure but also really easy to take off in the case of like a storm or something where you wouldn’t want them up here you can just pop them off on all these things and tada you can get them off but otherwise they’re very secure so these were the 160 watts and then we have a hunter then we have a 50 watt up in the front right here another flexible panel and we’re just so grateful thank you to energy for sponsoring this video this video was actually edited on solar power which just makes me so happy because I feel like that means the adventure is really happening now and we do have a like one more project with renergie to do is that we have three rigid solar panels so they don’t only make flexible they have rigid as well and those will be in the back there three on the stern arch but that was a whole production getting that stern arch up and we filmed it all so that will be another video very soon thank you for watching and thank you as well to our patrons for supporting us they are getting the behind-the-scenes scoop on all things sailing related and we’re very grateful for all of you here so thank you for watching and we will be in touch shortly