What's your objection to the radar on the mast? It's a good place for it, and would simplify things considerably...
Add a stern rail, and a solid rail replacing the lifelines surrounding the cockpit... Mount the solar panels on those rails, able to articulate with the changing angle of the sun, and stowed vertically for sailing/heavier weather...
Or, make them portable, able to be stowed below when not in use... That's the setup I use, mine simply mount on articulating poles that sit in a pair of fishing rod holders on my stern rail... Really nice to be able to stow them when not in use...
Then, you'd only need a single pole for a wind generator... Or, you could consider a wind gen suspended in the rig, although that only works at anchor, of course...
Putting a stern arch on such a pretty boat would be criminal, in my opinion... (grin) And all that crap on the back is only gonna interfere with your windvane, anyway...
I can't disagree about the criminal thing.
That's why I'm really intent on thinking this out thoroughly before I make any big decisions.
The main problem with the radar on the spar is that it's set up to tabernacle and trailer. I probably won't be doing that much though so it is a possibility. It is sounding like a lot of stuff on the back of that little boat.
I was just thinking that if I could come up with something that incorporates everything in one neat, (ie, not too ugly), set-up, it might be the way to go. But maybe not. That's why I'm throwing it out there for consideration.
I really like your solar panel setup. I guess I really need to think about what kind of panels and how many I am going to need before I get too far into this.
Originally Posted by krisscross
I would make sure you can have a safe way of working with all that gear in bad weather - a stern rail would help for sure.
The radar mast could provide additional stability and rigidity to the arch (third leg, so to speak. I might also incorporate stubs leading aft to allow for a potential windvane installation later.
Exactly. Great idea. That's why I'm thinking that I should try to figure out all the details ahead of time.
Thanks everyone for the input. It really helps.
What I'm going to try to do is find someone that can actually draw or use a computer drawing program (I can't), and have them try to illustrate the ideas that you all are coming up with.
I did sign up to visit the yahoo site and am currently awaiting approval. You're right Caleb. pita
I am curious to see how or if others have addressed this issue of too much cool stuff and too small a boat to put it on.