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davit mounted solar pannel system

I am currently designing a davit mounted solar pannel system and would appreciate any input from the group. I have Ocean Marine System tubual stainless davits with double connecting bar. I would like to mount three 80W solar pannels transversely that are stacked over the davits when under way. At anchorage, the two top pannels would pivot outward-one port and one starboard and have the capacity to tilt to maximize the angle to the sun. I am located on northern Chesepeake Bay area.
Any suggestions on where I can find stainless mounting hardware to accomplish this. Thanks.

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Kato makes a panel mount for their davits, not sure if you could adapt it to fit your's or not.
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i'm in the process of mounting 3 panels on the stern rail of my boat[py26] i haven't found any brackets either so i'm going to make some using 3 wooden blocks "31/2 long "3 inches wide and about "3 thick,i'll bore a "1 inch hole across the middle at the same angle as the rail then i'll cut them into halves leaving a halve hole on each piece.i'll bolt them back together on the rail with stainless bolts,i think i can then adjust these brackets so the panels can be raised up or lowered when needed,i'm planing to build the rest of the framework out of 3/4 by "3 red cedar slats[red cedar is very light and resists rot]the blocks i'm thinking of some tough wood [maybe elm] elm rots easily so i'll keep them oiled often,i'll use some sort of brace legs that can be adjusted lengthwise lol i haven't gotten that far yet.i hope this is of some help to you,if not just disregard no harm no foul.sawingknots
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What diameter tubing are the davits made from? You will probably have to mount the outboard panels to a frame and then have the frame pivot. Can you post a photo of the davits, since that would make it easier to give you advice on how to design a panel mounting setup for them.
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