I posted the below on the PDQ
site but also wanted to ask here for a larger audience. Any thoughts are welcome. Tom
In the past I've looked into adding an arch to replace my aft rail, davits
, and add more solar
. $4k or more became a show stopper.
Then I thought why not just add to what I have already? I bought four of the DMSolar 145w panels
from Amazon and will build two bows to simulate an arch above and behind my current
rail. Looking at the picture, the grill
and bait table will both move forward on their mounts, the mushroom farm will relocate and the 90w panel will either be sold
or repurposed somewhere else. The forward bow will attach to the current
rail and have the front of the panels
two feet above the rail and pushed back far enough to reduce the heat coming from the grill
and make room for the dinghy engine
to still fit on the rail bracket. The aft bow will mount at the bottom of the steps where the handrails bolt in and will hold the back of the panels over the dinghy
back as far as the tape measure in the picture. A few crossbars may be needed for rigidity.
Benefits include more power
, dinghy in the shade, current crossbars removed to allow kayak storage
on top of davits
Downside is weight; most of which can be offset by moving our gas cans to a lashing board mounted forward instead of the aft pushpits. I may also replace our air-x and tower with a simple dinghy motor
crane to reduce weight and noise
Where I need help is with what material to make the bows from? 1" SS tube is the first to mind but maybe 1.25 thickwall or maybe aluminum
would be better. Also, best place to source it from?
Any thoughts, ideas, criticisms?