Atlantic Towers is a longtime top fabricator serving the marine community. Atlantic’s new Hiamp Hi-Line hardtops allow you to purchase a custom-fit top for your boat complete with a pre-installed solar array. The solar panels are let in flush with the top for an integral look, to prevent the need for excess fasteners, and won’t collect dirt like surface-mount panels. They can be configured to output more than 1,000 kW of power, depending upon the size of the top. These are custom-built, so prices vary, but they start at about $13,000. atlantictowers.com
As we showed, a solar-hybrid installation can take place in your slip or driveway. You can call the pros, like those at Watts Your Plan (wattsyourplan.com) to add solar power for charging batteries and running an electric motor. You can also do it yourself.
You’ll need to be comfortable working with DC electric, have knowledge of battery charging characteristics and naturally be adept at physically installing the components. Many of those same contractors who will install a solar system for you will also sell you the components needed for the conversion. Do it yourself and you’ll save labor charges and be prepared to deal with any future troubleshooting as a bonus.