SailNet Community - View Single Post - re: custom solar panel mount
View Single Post
Old 07-19-2010
killarney_sailor killarney_sailor is online now
Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 3,786
Thanks: 5
Thanked 93 Times in 81 Posts
Rep Power: 10
killarney_sailor is on a distinguished road
Don't know what your solar panel is like but my panels came with 2" or so wide aluminum straps from one side to the other. I drilled these to fit two of the white plastic clamps (with screws to tighten/loosen) used to hold BBQs and the like. I can store the panel folded down or rotated 90* when I want to use it. When it is up I support it with a piece of 1 x 4 cedar with appropriate notches at top and bottom. I also have a light line that goes from the panel to the lower rail although I am not sure it does much.

At first I thought that I would fold the panels down a lot but they are up pretty much all the time unless we are coming into a dock.
Heading back to Lake Ontario for this summer. Ainia is back in North America for the first time since 2010. Currently in Long Island Sound.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook