I just removed my old solar panels
that were installed between teak
brackets. These are about 30 years old, 26 years in the Caribbean
, and they were always exposed to the weather
. They were maintained by the previous owner for 22 years, and they were probably maintained a little better than I have done. Over the 7 years that I've had the boat, I've washed them a few times, and applied at least one coat of cetol, maybe two; more on the grain ends. The detail photo
shows the condition of the wood in general, with a hole where there was a washer and screw installed, protecting the wood surface. Where exposed, there has been some erosion of the grain, maybe from vigorous scrubbing/ brushing, some from the weathering process. I plan to sand these substantially, apply some treatment and re-install. I expect that I'll get another 30 years of life out of them. Comments welcome.