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Forgot the dam camera so Iíll have to post pictures later this week.

Could not get aluminum fasteners at the fastener shop so I got SS.

For holding the aluminum plate to solar panel (SP).
I used two at each end.

8 - Hex SS 10-24x3/4 bolts
8 - nuts and lock washers

Used these nylon washers next to the aluminum then lock washer and nut on end of bolt.
SAE flat washer nylon #10 .062

Used for the clamps

SS Hex machine screw 1\2 longer than what came with the clamps.
I do not see these on the invoice so I think I did not get charged for them. However now I cannot tell you exactly what they are. I know they are the same but Ĺ inc longer than the original ones in the package,

8 - Acorn nuts #10-24

I did get some spares and did drop a lock washer over the side so be advised.
By using the acorn nuts it gives the finished look and locks the nuts in place.
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Aren't you guys going to have a problem with shading? Wouldn't you be better mounting them off the stanchions?

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Most stanchions are poorly designed to mount the panels to and can't really take the strain of having a 5' x 2' wind catcher added to them.

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Where do you put em

For one I personally do not like them on the stanchions. Also we have limited room there with grill MOB stuff etc. If you hook the solar panels up in a series I think it is, then if part of the cells are shaded they rest will still work. I would think if you have a bimini then when sailing on the mounted on the rails would be a problem with shading also. OK maybe not in the tropics where the sun is directly over head. Any way there will be no shading on top of the bimini where we are putting 2 or 3 more. As the boat sits in the slip now I have the boom over to one side, no shading till the sun gets past the mast. If sailing then it would be the point of sail. We are going to be costal cursing the west coast of Central America. Limited days in a row of sailing. There are a couple of places where we will be out say 4-5 days but thatís about it. This topic could be like anchoring where it works best for us the way we do it.
I see solar panels mounted all over the place on boats. We happen to like the dodger and bimini for our needs on our particular sail boat. Kind of a non answer hugh?
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Here are the pics of the final install.
Also a couple of a dock mate who did the same type of install only on top of his dingy davits.
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