Building our HARD TOP out of SOLAR PANELS! – Episode 129


We desperately needed to replace our tiny little Bimini on the fly bridge on our Lagoon 450 catamaran, so when we started designing our new hard top, we decided that we would try get as many solar panels as we could up there. But instead of building the hard top them mounting the panels on top, we would make the frame then use the panels themselves to make the hard top. This would bring our total solar power capacity to 3kW on the boat!

This option would save us thousands of dollars, and also leave us a little more head room, as the boom would end up very close to the hard top. The panels were given to us as a gift by Curtis from

Amongst all of the work, there were also definitely some shenanigans, where we met up with 4 other YouTube sailing channels for a bit of a party!

SV Parlay is a hurricane damaged Lagoon 450 catamaran, which Colin rebuilt with friends and has started sailing around the world. They found bulkhead damage to their catamaran in Panama, so have fixed her up, and are ready to cross the pacific ocean soon!

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