Considerations about Solar Panels for Boat Power

By Andy Whitcomb

Aug 01, 2022

Electric power allows for operation of various equipment on boats. One way to maintain this power is by using solar panels. Here are some things to think about when considering boat solar panels.

Electronics can play a big part of a successful boat fishing trip. A small, flat-bottom Jon boat may just need power for a trolling motor. Additionally, bass boats operate bilge pumps, fish finders, and such. Even larger boats may require enough juice to power a mini fridge. As a firm believer in backup plans, some sort of a solar panel for boat operation is intriguing.


Solar panels for boat power assistance vary so you’ll need to do your homework and consider options. For example, how much power will you need and how much of your boat’s surface area will let you use the sun? Small solar panels for boats can allow for placing in multiple areas if several are needed. Flexible solar panels for boats may store easier and can be better kept out of the way than fixed panels.

Things to keep in mind

While researching solar panel kits for boats, be aware that warranties may differ between freshwater and marine solar panels for boats due to the harshness of saltwater environments. Also, you’ll need to check on the ease of installation for any possible solar panel for boat option. Does it come with an inverter, charge controller, and all needed connectors? And then, of course, there is the issue of cost.

Space for employing any solar panels for boat use is probably the biggest issue for my little fishing craft. However, with the prospect of increasing electric trolling motor operation time and performance through my weedy bass and pike haunts, room for solar panels for boat batteries will come to light.

Andy Whitcomb
Andy Whitcomb
Andy is an outdoor writer ( and stressed-out Dad has contributed over 380 blogs to since 2011. Born in Florida, but raised on banks of Oklahoma farm ponds, he now chases pike, smallmouth bass, and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After earning a B.S. in Zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fisheries research technician at OSU, Iowa State, and Michigan State.