The ORANA was delivered on the deck
of a large transport freighter and was offloaded in Brisbane
. We then completed our fitout and fitted mast
etc. and sailed her on to Sydney
The hard top would support the whole crew if need be, very solid. I have mounted the solar on the hard
top aft port side.They are Shell Solar
SQ80 times three, they were removed from the frames,removed the connector box and diodes, silver soldered leads onto the protruding tabs and ran these through a low flat profile channel to a waterproof junction box then down through the roof into the mid support and on into the Stbd engine
bay where the MP3129 PV charge solar controller was installed, all working like a dream.A Victron 12/3000/120 Inverter Charger
then supplies the necessary A/C power.
The solar panels
when removed from frames are 2.5 mm thick and will flex slightly. I then glued them to roof with Sicaflex 219.
Would be happy to answer any more questions or post photos.
The work out was only my time on the helm steering
due to the 3m swells being closely spaced into the 35-40 Kt breeze.
The elevated helm is great, good view all around can see both bows a little exposed but will be installing a romote A/P at nav station for long passage
system works well, will be installing a Quick remote
control at the helm.