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Solar-Powered Marine Accessories

Solar marine accessories to make your boat eco friendlier.

November 10, 2015
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Inflatable Solar Lantern
A unique, inflatable lantern made with frosted PVC stows away compact. It’s waterproof and maintenance-free, and it floats. When fully charged, it lasts six to 12 hours. It has two brightness settings plus a flashing and illuminates up to 10 square feet of cockpit or cabin. $20 (model Luci); thegrommet.com
Zack Stovall
Solar-Powered Dock Cleat
Earthtech’s rugged 8-inch nylon cleat matches standard 8-inch cleat mounting holes. It helps in tying up at night and lights the cleat to prevent stubbing toes in the dark. It uses one rechargeable, replaceable battery. $37 (model LL-SCL-8-X); earthtechproducts.com
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Solar Bilge Pump
The Solar Bilge Buddy pumps up to 500 gph and is fully automatic. The efficient marine-grade solar panel recharges the included 12-volt battery. A 12-volt receptacle allows use with cellphones, tablets, etc. $189; solarbilgebuddy.com
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Solar Lantern/Water Bottle
Quirky combo: The 4-LED solar-light bottle cap shines white or red with or without the 32-ounce water bottle base. Use just the light for bright illumination or for visibility-saving red night vision. It provides a full eight hours of light on a full charge. $30 (model 3420); davisnet.com
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Charger/Speakers
Here’s a compact solar charger with integrated stereo speakers. It can charge your phone, pad or camera. It includes adapters and internal battery and comes with a rugged Cordura case. $50 (model 3480); davisnet.com
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Shrink-Wrap Vents
Solar vents by Dr. Shrink provide an effective way to vent seasonally shrink-wrapped vessels. A single solar cell powers two fans to move 150-plus cubic feet at 80 percent efficiency. It’s a compact 4-by-5-inch self-adhesive unit. Multiple vents are recommended. $31 (model DS-683SP); dr-shrink.com
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Solar-Powered Deck Light
This is a heavy-duty, 4-by-4-inch, anodized aluminum Earthtech deck light with a low 0.85-inch profile. It secures with two bolts or screws. It is powered by replaceable, rechargeable nickel-cadmium AAA batteries. Use it to mark path or ramp entry for safe nighttime passage. $30 (model LL-SDL-DECK-R); earthtechproducts.com
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Q & Q Solar Watch
The Q & Q watch can run up to 3½ months on a full charge. It’s 100 percent solar-powered (no batteries), lightweight (only 0.25 pounds), water-resistant and maintenance-free, and it’s made from polyurethane resin with some recycled poly resin and looks good. $40 (with canvas/silver dial); thegrommet.com
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Solar Charger/Battery
This powers most phones, pads, cameras and players. The waterproof carry case is made from recycled soda bottles. A 2-watt panel charges the integrated universal USB battery for backup capability. Popular adapters are included. $99 (model 1018); earthtechproducts.com
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RailLight Mini
This Davis solar light is just the thing for nighttime cockpit entertaining. The easy rail-mount hardware has a quick mount/dismount fitting. It provides up to eight hours of run time. There’s a waterproof light sensor switch and ultraviolet-proof lens. $40 (model No. 3440); davisnet.com
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Bird Repeller
Bird B Gone’s solar model uses motion to help keep gulls, cormorants and other birds off your canvas or open decks. The spinning arm has a 5-foot-diameter sweep at 30 rpm. It’s completely solar powered, has an on/off switch, and accommodates bungee or light tackle tie-down. $94 (model RPLR-SLR1); birdbgone.com
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Solar Charger
This 7-volt charger has two 5-by-7-inch panels that fold down to a convenient 6½ by 9 inches in a tough weather-resistant carry case. It accommodates USB and 12-volt devices and requires a Guide 10 Plus recharger for storage capability. $80 (model Nomad 7); goalzero.com
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Multifunction Emergency Flashlight
The versatile Torch 250 is a flashlight, floodlight and red emergency torch and includes an integrated USB port so you can charge a phone or tablet. It has a lithium-ion battery and built-in hand crank for charging in low or no sunlight. $80; goalzero.com
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When you glide into the marina with your twin internal-combustion power plants growling oh so sweetly and softly, are you greeted by placard-bearing tree huggers looking to put you on their bad-boy list? Not to worry. Just pull out a few of your carbon-offsetting, solar-powered goodies and show them you care. Don’t have any? Here is a baker’s dozen solar marine accessories you should check out. They rank among the growing array of products designed to make boating more “correct” and compatible with the long-term goal of reducing carbon emissions — come to think of it, not a bad goal.

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