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post #2 of Old 07-19-2010
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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.

After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.
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