Now posting photos of my solar panel on Bimini and targa bar solution on a 28 foot water ballast trailer sailer.
I held off commenting until my setup was fully tested in at least moderately strong winds and with a short sharp chop.
We crossed Lake Alexandrina ( wider than the English Channel but shallow and particularly nasty) in a storm successfully.
My system has 4 x180w hard solar panels with smaller lighter than usual sized frames. 3 are mounted over my Bimini which is on a 1 inch stainless adjustable frame and one is mounted on the rear of my targa bar in a way which allows it to tilt fore and aft.
The now 720w of solar have allowed me to leave my Honda 2.2 eu generator at home which along with a reasonable amount of required fuel supply weighing about a similar amount to the three new panels I fitted.
The mounting process allows the two outer solar panels on the Bimini to be easily removed if not wishing to carry the full weight for short cruises and for the tilting down all the Bimini three panels for bridge/powerline mast lowering or for carrying the mast when trailering.
Whilst fitting this large a solar array on a very small trailerable cruising yacht may offend some people it is designed to allow very extended remote area cruising in areas without resupply capability.
We cook, refrigerate, water heat, use an ancillary and dingy electric torqeedo outboard, and even have occasional use portable air cond and soon a desalinator all powered via this system in addition to the normal 12v yachting systems charging and using both two AGM batteries and two portable lithium powerbanks.
Subsequent to the two photos below and as can be seen on the third I have fitted two stainless brace bars to the leading edge replacing the tensioning straps both for extra support and a solid handhold for entering and leaving the cockpit.
All the panels are attached by abs bar plastic mounting clamps with thumbscrews allowing easy disassembly.
Due to their rearward unshaded location the panels are connected in series and have even exceeded their rated output at times and are generally performing very well.