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Intermediate Solar Power for DIY Boaters
Olympia Yacht Club
Olympia, WA
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Apr 06, 2024 10:00 AM
Event timezone is America/Los_Angeles

Admission Level Price Quantity
In-Person Class Attendance $30.00 ($33.29: w/service fee) N/A
Registration for one participant to attend IN-PERSON at the OYC Yacht Club.
Online Class Attendance $30.00 ($33.29: w/service fee) N/A
Registration for one participant to attend ONLINE via personal computer or device.
Thank you for participating in an OYC Safety & Education Program.


Intermediate Solar Power for DIY Boaters
This class is being offered in a hybrid format, with participants being able to choose in advance if they will attend in person or online via Zoom.

This new class is the follow-on to the introductory course and is intended for those who want to install a system themselves or who seek a detailed understanding of the workings of a solar power system. Topics include selecting appropriate solar panels, configuring them into a useful array, selecting a smart charge controller, wiring the array to the controller and then to the battery bank, selecting and using instrumentation, and system setup. Sources and vendors of key components are covered as well as recommendations. With this knowledge you should be able to install a simple solar system on your boat. An optional tour of the KissIntel can be conducted over the lunch break. The Introduction class is a strongly suggested prerequisite.

For nearly 15 years, the Olympia Yacht Club has been conducting classes for our members and other local boaters. The 2024 series of electrical-related courses has now been scheduled, and will be conducted in person at the OYC clubhouse in Olympia. One of our foundational principles is to encourage the science of good seamanship and navigation and thus we are opening these classes to any boater wishing to learn more on these topics.

The developer and instructor of these classes is past commodore Jerry Budelman, whose qualifications include retired Intel executive, adjunct professor of engineering, holder of over 20 patents and a lifetime instructor and inventor. He loves to teach with an interactive and participatory style.

Space is limited, so register early! We ask that you register at least one week before the class if possible. Late registrations will be accepted - space allowing - but late registrants may not receive a copy of the course material. A PDF file is also available.

Coffee, tea and other basic refreshments will be provided.

If you are staying for the afternoon course, lunch will be on your own from noon to 1:30 pm. Explore area restaurants or bring a brown bag lunch. Olympia Yacht Club is located adjacent to Bayview Thriftway which has an excellent deli. Order a sandwich ahead for pick-up or head over after the morning course to order your lunch and bring it back to the clubhouse for informal conversation with other participants.

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The OYC Safety & Education Committee


Olympia Yacht Club (View)
201 Simmons Street NW
Olympia, WA 98501
United States

Timezone: America/Los_Angeles
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Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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