I'm mounting an wind
vane on a Pearson
Triton. I'm also building a mount for my 100w solar
panel on the stern rail. Using Bimini Hardware
, it's going to be about 20" above the stern rail.
The plane of the solar
panel will likely be somewhere in the middle of the windvane
blade. I'm concerned that it might affect the performance of the windvane
when sailing to windward, because there will be a lot of turbulent air coming off the panel. There is not a lot of space back there, so it's hard to separate the two.
On the other hand, I'm thinking it might not be too much of a problem because the wind will never becoming directly forward, it will be coming at an angle when going to windward, which would lessen any affects of the panel. And my understanding is that going to windward is the easiest for the windvane to control. I assume there would be little to no affect when the boat is on a reach or run.
Any thoughts on this?