Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
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We have two panels (125w and 85w) attached to our lifelines forward of the stern pulpit. To do this we replace the wire with 1" stainless tubing that we had welded together in Carriacou last winter since there was too much movement when everything was just bolted together. I imagine that your stern rails are already U-shaped so there would be support already. Our panels are mounted using rail clamps (2 for each panel) and then swung out to horizontal when we want to use them (pretty much all the time except when docking on that side). The outer edge of the panels is supported by a cedar 1 x 4" that is rounded at one end to fit on the lower lifeline rail and notched to fit the panel. Works great.
Back home on Lake Ontario after something over 36,000 nm circumnavigator. Not surprisingly there is a lot of stuff I want to get done on Ainia both cosmetically and functionally. Getting an early start so it will be ready to go for next summer (Lake Superior?).