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Hardare for Mounting Kyocera Solar Panel on Davits

Hey all, just bought a Kyocera 130 Watt solar panel. This is to upgrade our current Siemens 40 Watt panel. Can anyone recommend good hardware to use to affix it to our davits? I need to get some clamps or whatever is usually use for mounting. The panel is 56.1"x25.7"x2.3" and
26.8 lbs.

The 40 Watt panel is mounted on a 4"x1" hallow bar across the top of our davits. The bar also holds antennas on one side (cables go through the bar). I'm wondering if we can still use this bar or whether to invest in something else.

Here's a picture from my wind generator planning. The wind generator is in place just as designed here. I'd like the new, wider panel to be no closer to the transom of the boat, but to "stick out" further aft. The old panel is 12" wide, if I recall correctly.



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P.S. An option would be an easy pivot system so when the snow piles up in winter I don't have to worry. I don't need the pivot really, since I could make a "trailering transom saver" type support and put it in place in the winter. So something simpler is OK for now.

P.P.S. I'm moving the stern nav light to the back of the davits somewhere.
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I would have 2 cross bars between davits. Have had good results using rail clamps & hardware pieces from west. Just were they have set screws we drill & tap into pipe. You can attach the panel to the bars by drilling 1/4 holes in bar and put a rubber washer between bar and panel scure with 1/4 20 machine screws with nylock nuts.
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