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Old 16-10-2010, 22:09   #1
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Solar Panel Mounting

I want to mount a Kyocera solar panel on Kato davits. The davits have a 1.25" tube that I would like to clamp my tube mounting frame to. I am not having any luck finding the right clamps and hardware to do that. I would appreciate any suggestions for sources of such hardware.

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Old 20-10-2010, 06:31   #2
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McMaster-Carr www.mcmaster.com has a large selection of U-bolts. Here is a Kyocera panel mounted to a 1.25" tube with a cushioned stainless steel U-bolt, MMC part # 3176T14.


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Remember to put some Tef-Gel or something between the SS parts and the aluminum.
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Cool. I planned on doing the same thing sometime this winter.
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I mounted my panels on the outside of the pushpit - they lie vertical for "storage" and I made legs so they can be horizontal for power generation. I chose those particular U-bolts because because the insert rotates easily on the rail - they are actually being used as hinges.
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Nylon blocks. you might need a shop to drill them, then you can slice them easily with a hack saw.
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NOA

Dont you have anything like these over there? Easy, versatile.. but in Sweden very expensive
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A simple approach to solar mount.

I just finished mounting 4 Shell 75 watt panels that came with the boat and 2 Kyocera 235 watt panels that I recently bought.

I used SS u-bolts from www.boltdepot.com
and aluminum channel from www.metalsdepot.com

Remember to put Tef-Gel or nylon washers between the aluminum and stainless steel where they come into contact.

Tomorrow I hook up the Two Morningstar TS-MPPT-45 controllers.
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I want to mount a Kyocera solar panel on Kato davits. The davits have a 1.25" tube that I would like to clamp my tube mounting frame to. I am not having any luck finding the right clamps and hardware to do that. I would appreciate any suggestions for sources of such hardware.

Thanks,

Bob
Bob,
I tried to reply to your email but the form stated you chose not to receive them.. so, IŽll reply here instead.

I have no idea if/where you can get them in your part of the world, but they are very common in Sweden. (Swedish manufacturer makes them under the brand name NOA-connectors)
IŽll post a few links to companies in various countries. It seems unavailable in the US though.

Manufacturer: (Wont sell to individuals, but might be worth a try since US dont have a distributor)
Noa - Home

Distributors:
UK
Meridian Zero - Products List

Carribean (St Marten):
Accessories

Sweden: (Non english only)
Hjertmans

Hope this is of any help.
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Here's how I did mine:

Rebel Heart - Sailing, cruising, liveaboard blog and website - Eric's Blog - finally mounted the solar*panels

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