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Solar Power & Refrigeration

with Woody Wentworth

October 14, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. $45

Register here.

Cruiser College offers this combination course taught by an experienced offshore cruiser and local refrigeration/HVAC specialist, Woody Wentworth.

We all love our creature comforts and nothing transforms a boat from a ‘weekend camper’ to an extended ‘comfy cruiser’ quite like a refrigerator/freezer. When properly designed and installed you should enjoy 15-20 years of trouble-free service. However, refrigeration is usually the single biggest drain on the batteries. Fortunately, improved solar panels, solar chargers and modern AGM batteries (all much cheaper in the past few years) mean you can probably eliminate running the generator/engine to charge the house bank. Did you know that a solar array can pay for itself in as little as three years compared to charging with an internal combustion engine? And, your batteries will love you for it!

A sample of topics covered:

  • Choosing the right refrigeration/freezer system for your boat
  • Review of new technologies in cooling
  • Advanced thermostats you can use to upgrade existing systems
  • Designing a solar array for any boat
  • Comparison of solar panels, costs, controller, and batteries
  • Cost analysis for these systems
  • Installation requirements and options

After this 3 hours course, you will understand how to improve or upgrade your refrigeration system and how to keep the batteries charged.

Register here.

To see all Cruisers College October and November classes, click here.


All seminars are held at the NW Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing & Technology in Anacortes.

Address: 1606 R Ave. Anacortes, WA 98221

Take the R Avenue exit off of Highway 20. Proceed North for about 1 mile. The MTC will be on your right noted by the stainless steel sculpture of two joggers (across from The Market grocery store). Make the next right on Seafarers Way, then the next right into the parking lot for the MTC. There are restaurants and motels nearby.


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