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Clamps are visible here in the upper left:
Where'd you get these clamps?

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Re: Solar Power for catalina 27

I use Magma bbq mounts that allow you to adjust the panel's angle in seconds and lock them in place at any angle. They are more expensive than the ones pictured above but work very well.
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Where'd you get these clamps?
They are stocked at Fisheries Supply. They are also standard items on a lot of rail-mount hardware (Dickinson uses them for their BBQs, my Jim-Buoy life ring also uses them).

They are distributed by Sea-Dog:
Sea-Dog : Quality Marine, Industrial and Rigging Hardware

The plastic is pretty soft, so they don't have the highest clamping power. They really only work for this if used in a balanced way. They are inexpensive though.

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Re: Solar Power for catalina 27

I made decent rail mounts out of PVC lumber before deciding not to use them. Cut a square or rectangle, 1" hole saw the middle, saw it in half. Bolt the two halves back together around the rail.

Though if I had known that those rail mounts were available for $10 I would have gone for those.
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That is what I've done on my Pearson 28-2 (not yet wired when this was taken):


That is a 30 watt panel and it puts out a little over 2 amps at noon on a sunny day.
Alex, what about the support and clamps on your Pearson, where can I get that support? Looks nice and clean. And which model clamps?

Very nice!
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The clamps are from Taylor Made. Look at Maine Sail's article referenced above.

The strut is a Sea Dog Line hatch strut, it cost about $20. Like everything Sea Dog Line the quality is low and it is getting rust spots after 3 months.

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