FLINsail - Solar modules for mast mounting

The FLINsail is a modular solar system that is hoisted and guided in the mast groove like a sail. With the help of the patented FLIN mast sliders, the FLINsail can be clicked into the mast groove above the mainsail. Thanks to its sliding bearings, it can be optimally aligned with the sun and thus achieves maximum efficiency. The solar modules can be synchronously aligned with the guide lines. The number of solar modules of the FLINsail is adapted to the energy consumption of the sailing yacht. Due to the modular design, versions with two to six solar panels are possible.

Choose the FLINsail according to your energy needs.

Thanks to its modular design, we can optimally adapt the FLINsail to your individual energy consumption. With just two solar modules, the FLINsail solar sail supplies the classic consumers of a 30-foot yacht with sufficient energy. In the maximum version with six solar modules, an electric motor or an electric cooker, for example, can be operated independently.

2M-FLINsail light

  • Power
200 W
  • Average daily yield
1.0 kWh
  • Weight incl. bag    
6.5 kg
  • Minimum mast height        
5.5 m
  • Max. Wind speed      
18 kn
  • Module frame
none

2M-FLINsail tough

  • Power
200 W
  • Average daily yield
1.0 kWh
  • Weight incl. bag    
7.5 kg
  • Minimum mast height       
5.5 m
  • Max. Wind speed      
28 kn
  • Module frame
top and bottom

3M-FLINsail

  • Power
300 W
  • Average daily yield
1.5 kWh
  • Weight incl. bag    
9 kg
  • Minimum mast height       
6.5 m
  • Max. Wind speed      
18 kn
  • Module frame
top and bottom

4M-FLINsail

  • Power
400 W
  • Average daily yield
2.0 kWh
  • Weight incl. bag    
10.5 kg
  • Minimum mast height        
7.5 m
  • Max. Wind speed      
16 kn
  • Module frame
top and bottom

5M-FLINsail

  • Power
500 W
  • Average daily yield
2.5 kWh
  • Weight incl. bag    
12 kg
  • Minimum mast height       
8.5 m
  • Max. Wind speed
14 kn
  • Module frame
top and bottom

6M-FLINsail

  • Power
600 W
  • Average daily yield
3 kWh
  • Weight incl. bag    
13.5 kg
  • Minimum mast height       
9.5 m
  • Max. Wind speed      
12 kn
  • Module frame
top and bottom

You can find more technical data on the FLINsails in the FLINsail INFO SHEET.

FLINbag

Every FLINsail is delivered in the FLINbag. The stiffened and padded bag offers optimum protection when the FLINsail is to be stored during sailing, for example. It also helps when setting up the FLINsail: it is fixed to the main boom with the rubber straps. The FLINsail can now be set from the opened bag like a mainsail from a Lazi bag. You can find assembly instructions on YouTube.

Dimensions: 1150 mm x 550 mm x 130 mm 

You can find more pictures of the FLINsails and their components in the picture gallery next to the request form.

The prices for the FLINsails can be found in the price list. This is available in the download area as a PDF document. The FLINsails are delivered including the FLINbag. Charge controller and cables are also offered if required.

The FLINsails are compatible with all on-board voltages. In the FLINdownload area you will find an example circuit diagram with FLINsail and charge controller.

FLINsail videos

The FLINsail videos show the construction and use of the innovative solar system.

More info about FLINsail

Read the testimonials of our customers and find out about the special FLIN mast slips and the FLINsails charge controllers.

Perfect angle - Highest efficiency

Decisive for the maximum output of a solar module is its alignment at the perfect angle. For maximum energy generation from solar radiation, the solar modules in the FLINsail can be aligned synchronously with the sun. This enables maximum solar energy gain even in the evening hours when the sun is low in the sky. When the FLINsail is at the perfect angle, you can even achieve greater charging currents than using a common shore power charger.

 

Use the model opposite to test how the angle of incidence of the sun affects the efficiency of a 100-watt solar module. Move the panel by drag and drop, or click on one of the alignment points.

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Technical details

Learn more about the production, installation and handling of the FLINsail.

 

Installation of the FLINsail

To charge the on-board batteries with the FLINsail, a solar charge controller is required. We will be happy to offer this to you.

In order to be able to use the FLINsail, no constructive changes have to be made to the sailing yacht. The FLINsail is a plug & play system. If it is used, the cables can be laid on the fly through the companionway or a hatch. Alternatively, a fixed socket at the base of the mast can be used as a deck grommet.

Alignment of the solar modules

To align the solar modules in the FLINsail with the sun, use the guide lines. The solar modules rotate synchronously around the horizontal axis to the desired position. Use the clamp to fix the solar modules in the desired position. By swivelling the main boom, the FLINsail can also be aligned around the vertical axis.

Optionally, we offer charge controllers with Bluetooth interface. The charging current of the FLINsail can be monitored via a smartphone. If this is at maximum, the solar modules are optimally aligned.

 

How can a deck feed-through of the cables look like?

The FLINsail is a plug & play system. In order to use the FLINsail, therefore, no constructive changes have to be made to the sailing yacht. If it is used, the cables can be laid flying through the companionway or a hatch. Alternatively, a fixed socket at the base of the mast can be used as a deck lead-through. Use our MC4 Philippi adapter for this.

Robustness of the FLINsail

We use solar modules with multi-busbar technology: these are extremely robust and can thus withstand high wind loads. In the product test phase, the semi-flexible solar modules had to withstand gusts of wind of up to 38 knots without suffering any damage. Due to the innovative production technology, the solar modules are very fail-safe and have a long service life.

FAQ

Can I use the FLINsail while sailing?

During sailing, the FLINsail is stowed in the FLINbag and stored in a suitable place, e.g. below deck. In a calm or at an anchorage, the FLINsail is set above the furled mainsail.

Do the mast sliders of the mainsail have to be unthreaded to set the FLINsail?

No. The FLIN mast sliders can be inserted into the mast groove above the mainsail. If your mast is equipped with a T-rail, we supply suitable mast sliders for fitting. See mast systems.

Do I need a charge controller to use the FLINsail?

Yes, a charge controller and a suitable connector to the FLINsail are required. If you have a suitable charge controller and interface, you can connect your FLINsail

We will be happy to advise you and offer a charge controller and a connector for your FLINsail.

Can I use the FLINsail on mast systems with furling mainsail?

Most mast profiles intended for a furling mainsail have a second mast groove in which the FLINsail can be placed.

Contact us

Do you have any questions about the FLINsails? Contact us by mail, call us or write us on WhatsApp and get free and competent advice.