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Old 22-12-2008, 08:13   #16
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As I said before, there will be two lateral supports coming down and linking to the solar panel support structure. The only reason that I designed it this way is so I can have the wind generator at the centerline of the vessel. It is the only way I could get it there.

Hopefuly in a couple weeks I'll have it up and running and you'll see how the lateral supports connect to the bimini mounted solar panel structure. It should be very clean and simple.
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Old 16-01-2009, 22:28   #17
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Just finished installing it tonight...no longer a concept.
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Old 17-01-2009, 00:51   #18
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Looks good...how is it for lateral loads....
I see that the brackets are fixed to the stay and the SS tube...is that why its not wanting to rotate?
I think it looks clean and professional...good job Trim!
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Old 17-01-2009, 01:43   #19
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I take it lateral stability will be controlled by the additional bracketing to the solar panel frames. Interesting design. I was a mechanical Engineer and tool maker. I think you're on to something. You may need to modify it but that's what Research and development is all about.
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Old 17-01-2009, 08:59   #20
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Yep, it has some reasonable torsional stiffness without the lateral supports...but you wouldn't want to rely on it. Once I get the solar panels in, I'll post additional photos of the completed project.
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Old 17-01-2009, 09:15   #21
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Thanks for the better pics.
I see an insulator on the back stay...that tells me its your SSB antenna, but I don’t see the connecting cable...what’s going on there.
Is it inside the SS pipe?
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Old 17-01-2009, 09:29   #22
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stop holding out!

we wanna see drawings of the next phase--solar panel/struts, et cetera.

this could be very, very cool.
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we wanna see drawings of the next phase--solar panel/struts, et cetera.

this could be very, very cool.
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Old 17-01-2009, 20:08   #24
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Working on it....give me few weeks due to business travel to Taiwan this week.

As far as the HF cable...yes, it runs through tube.
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Finally fully installed with Solar & Wind

Sorry for the long delay, but it took awhile to get everything fabbed.

Here are some pics of the fully integrated solar & wind system.
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Old 25-04-2009, 23:04   #26
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You've done a damn fine job Trim.
Very professional looking work.
Is it working as you've imagined?
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Sweet Hookup!

My My, that is a work of art.
Had time to try it out?
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Everything is wired in as of 6PM last night. I left the boat unglugged from shore power just to test the system for its ability to keep up with our typical day to day usage as we live aboard while getting ready to head South.

I'm using the Outback solar charge controller...seems like a hell of a system.

The Air Breeze is extremely quiet as well...very impressive improvement over the Air-X.

I'll report how the system performs over the next few weeks. I can plug my computer into the Outback controller and download daily performance on the DC bus. Should be interesting.
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I can plug my computer into the Outback controller and download daily performance on the DC bus. Should be interesting.
Now thats cool!
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Once again a great, and slick looking job Trim! Hopefully you have looked at James S's gallery? You 2 have got it going on! When will you stop tweaking the boat, and go sailing?lololololololol......i2f
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