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Bracing wind generator/solar panel pole

some kind family/friends built me a mount for my wind generator and solar panel out of a 9' long 3" aluminum tubing mounted on welded to a .5" thick plate which is mounted to the deck/toe rail and backed underneath (yes I know just how lucky I am!) but I need to properly brace it....my initial though was rigging like with a mast but that would need 4 sides.....now my thought is to use basically bimini frame material (7/8" stainless tubing) that would be attached using a similar type of system as my bimini is attached to the deck.....would that be strong enough??? any other suggestions out there?

the last picture is the type of attachment for bracing I would put on both the pole and the deck



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Do a search and have a look at the solar stick. That should help you out.
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1'4" stainless rod welded to collars to go around the post and angled down to the deck and through bolted in 2 directions should work. Solidly attached to the post as well of course. My neighbor has this arrangement on his post and it's solid - has been for over 20 years.
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I would use stainless tubing attached about 3' up the pole and 3' feet from the base along the stern and your port rail. I don't like the way your existing bimini poles are attached to the deck, the constant flexing would put high bending stresses on the surface of the fiberglass. Whatever you do on either end of the tubing make it such that any axial forces are converted to shear and normal forces on the deck. Something like
Use larger plates AND backing plates. Through bolt those suckers on there.
It should also be noted that Bimini boles will not be strong enough. Have your family/friends weld up something solidly built like what they already gave you.

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