1) Have you read my posting
here in this thread from just a couple weeks ago (#67 on page 5), and viewed all the links I provided there????
And, have you read the article I wrote (and viewed all the photios) about my above-bimini mounted 520 watt array???
Originally Posted by NorthPacific
I have the same concern as voiced by others about Bimini
mounting. no davits
, but seriously considering putting my 2 panels
on the rail.
2) It's been my experience the reason some have concerns about "bimini-mounting" of solar panels
, is primarily because of:
a) the various designs / construction of bimini
b) their experiences with light-duty "bimini tops", etc. rather than those designed and constructed stoutly, which can quite easily do the job....
Please understand that I mean no offense to anyone, nor do I wish to put words into others mouths.......it is just that, it has been my personal experience that once someone sees the type of bimini that I'm used to dealing with (the type I have on my boat), their "concerns" fade away....
This doesn't mean that an above-bimini mounting arrangement is what I'd recommend for you, NorthPacific, but just that YOU should make that choice based on YOUR application, YOUR desire, YOUR budget
And taking into account both, how your current
(or future??) bimini is designed/constructed. as well as how much solar
are you in need of....
For more details, please read my post here in this thread (#67) and my article(s) linked....
such as this one... Solar Panels
3) As for rail-mounted panels
....some here have had good results, especially those that have them off the stern....
And, while I have no personal experience rail-mounting panels, I have read of some who found it troublesome....
a) Ironicall, some find the shade caused by their bimini tops to be a real pain to their energy generation...
b) Some have also written of waves / boarding seas being a serious issue when at sea....(although the percentage of time at sea may be small, energy use when on a passage
is usually critical, so some consideration of this should be made...)
c) If you tie up alongside a dock
, pier, wall, or warf, etc. be aware of potential for damage to your panels.....(I even saw a guy who had rail-mounted panels fending off another boat, who was med mooring
next to him in Gib a few years back...)
, I do hope this helps you some...
s/v Annie Laurie