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Old 15-07-2011, 16:48   #16
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IMPI, I just bought a Lagoon. Where did you get the struts, etc. to mount the panels. Any better pics would be greatly appreciated.
Hi Bradley - well done !
I had the frame, struts and all stainless steel work done locally (SA) by a guy called Derek. He makes up the struts you see and puts gas shocks inside the struts (depending on weight) so it lifts like a car boot strut. I don't think he is in this forum but you can email him at fare@telkomsa.net - very nice guy, very technical about structural engineering and structural forces (which is why I gave him the work) and I'm sure he will share all info with you.
If you fit the panels on your davitts and new to remove them, just bear in mind that the struts are under tension, which Lagoon achieve by the way the backing plate is bolted to the bulkhead. Remove carefully.

I will take some more pictures for you.

Something really spiffy we just did and not solar panel related - we removed the rear cockpit sink and cabinet unit to mount our washing drying machine outside. This meant raising the height by one inch. We had a Swiss guy here build moulds and make up an entire new cabinet (I will enclose pics for you to see). It works like a dream - no through hull fittings as we run the outlet pipe into the drain outlet pipe and plumb the water off the sink water piping. This way all washing and drying is done in the cockpit area outside the cabin which is fantastic.
Will take more pics of solar panels
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Old 15-07-2011, 17:00   #17
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Hi,

I'm also looking into installing solar panels on my L440.

IMPI: do you think four kyocera 240W on the davits would be too big?

I saw another L440 who had the panels installed higher, like an extension to the bimini. Any thoughts on that?

Kjartan
Sorry Kjartan - I had not seen your post until now.
The think to check is how far back the panels will extend. I lined mine up and measured so the panels would be flush without encroaching the 'passageway' on the 440 and also so the rear would not extend the length if the vessel. It does ever so slightly. We are going to passage through Panama and I don't want the vessel to cost mire in account of length as well as when backing into a Marina I don't want the panels protruding onto the wLkway.
I could have put a 6th panel on.
The frame should be solid and the reason I had handles put on the corners, is so that I can tie lines from there up to the coachroof and down to the sugar scoop handles in the event of a storm. This really makes everything solid.
As a note - for hail protection (or if in panama canal to protect panels from the line handlers who have weights on the end of their ropes which they throw to you) have a netting made to extend from the coach roof over the panels frame at the rear. It forms a nice stiff slope which protects the panels. Cheers
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Old 15-07-2011, 17:11   #18
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Here are some more.

If you in Fort Lauderdale - good guy to chat to about this is Kent at justcatamarans
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Old 15-07-2011, 18:02   #19
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Here's mine

Pictures are on here with the full build.

Depending on your normal cruising ground latitude I feel determines if you need to have the ability to adjust angle.

I'm below 22N so I don't think it's that critical as northern latts, but a nice option.

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