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Old 23-05-2011, 20:08   #1
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4 Solar Panels on the Davits ?

Could you put 4 solar panels on the davits if you turned the 90 degrees or would it not be able to secure them properly in that position. Just thinking two more solar panels can't hurt...
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Re: 4 solar panels on the davits?

It is much more applicable to a cat than a monohull, because as long as the panels are edge on to the wind, and the boat's heeling is miinimal, windage is not a problem. My one 110W panel on it's aft rack, articulates, and has withstood 150 MPH hurricane winds!

I have the panel bolted in a STOUT welded aluminum angle frame, and for storms I have thin Kevlar down lines to keep it horizontal.

In your case, I think the aesthetics of 4 panels would be the deal breaker if there is one. It depends on what size & shape panels, and can you live with the size of it all, aesthetically?

If you go for it... I would definitely mount them into a RIGID 1/4" thick, 1.5 X 1.5" welded aluminum frame, with multiple 2" flat bar sections welded across the frame for mounting.

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Old 23-05-2011, 20:40   #3
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Re: 4 solar panels on the davits?

We have 2-235W panels on our boat mounted on our davits. Works good for us.
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Re: 4 solar panels on the davits?

Mark I think you're right it may just be a thing of aesthetics. But that would be one I could sacrifice to a point.
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Re: 4 Solar Panels on the Davits ?

Lexam,

Do not see a reason not to get away with four panels on the davits.
This guy even added tilting arms.

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Re: 4 Solar Panels on the Davits ?

I really like that set up. Looks like it helps keep the dingy dry as well. With the Antares Davit I think it would give people sitting on the back seats some shade also.
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Re: 4 solar panels on the davits?

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We have 2-235W panels on our boat mounted on our davits. Works good for us.
We're planning to upgrade our solar and want to similarly mount two 200+W panels on our davits, and preferably panels that charge even if they are partially shaded.

Since yours work well for you, what brand/model did you get, and where did you purchase and get them installed?

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We have 2-235W panels on our boat mounted on our davits. Works good for us.
Unicorn, What brand of 235w panels did you get? Are they the type of panel that can handle any shade and still charge?
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