Originally Posted by hamburking
An arch and solar panels
on a T22...wow...thats something I'd like to see! Stern davits
too? 42 inch tv below?
Yes, it is the little boat that could.
The solar arch mounts on the stern rail via tie rod ends so it can pivot back to catch early/late day sun but most of the time sits horizontally about an inch aft of the backstay. In the first photograph, you can see the port side inverted triangle structure that terminates in a tie rod end beside the life ring. On the starboard side, you can see the 1/4 inch line that controls the tilt back. The horn speaker mounts on the starboard horizontal member
that is complementary to the port side member
that mounts the life ring.
Sorry about the crappy photographs. I don't do a very good job of documenting what I do. The second shot of the underside of the panel was taken today out in the driveway. Got some snow down the back of my shirt for my troubles.
The panel is 150W. Certainly had no trouble keeping up with GPS
, VHF, cell phone charging
, and AP. Don't think I saw battery
voltage under 12.8V all season. Now I don't have to bother taking the snake along, AKA the shore power
cable, or pay the $200/season for electricity at the dock
I want to get an Engel refrigeration
unit for this season as I am tired of the ice fetch cycle and soggy food
. Not quite convinced I'll have enough panel, but it has chances.
In front of the panel, I also have a bimini
that just clears all the main sheet business more or less. I have to release the bimini
tensioning lines as required to move the sheet past depending on point of sail. Shade is a wonderful thing.
My wife and I made it to Hamilton and back last season over 12 or 13 days. Went out around Prince Edward County, came back via Murray canal. Stayed at Macassa Bay YC in Hamilton, real nice folks. Someone at the club found it surprising that a Tanzer 22 would stray that far, and my wife said she might not have come if she had heard that comment beforehand LOL. We made Newcastle to Port Credit in 11-1/2 hours in a screaming wind
and 2 metre waves. I think we did most of the day on reefed main alone. Was great fun except for the flies biting our ankles 10 km off shore, WTF?
Second last trip of the season Mid October, I made Kingston in 2 days coming in south of Amherst Island, and returned north of the Island to the home base of Meyers Pier in Belleville.
I come from a cycle camping culture in my youth, so even 22 feet is luxury compared to a tent.