44cruisingcat, you are correct about the output. I like to keep my batteries in the 70-90% charged range so the solar
panel output is not often at max. I have seen 11+ amps as the highest output and 61 amps as the highest daily total output. I have a 24V system so the panels are wired in series.
David Old Jersey, the panels are mounted on the starboard side (sunny side in the caribbean
, at anchor) on SS tubing that replaced the lifelines
at the aft starboard quarter. The are mounted such that the can be swiveled down. They can be left out on passage
as I have had the boat
heeled over more than I would like with the panels quite far away from the water
. A stern mount would be the way to go, if I could stand the sight of an SS tower, because then the panels would not have to be lowered around docks and the sun angle throughout the day when sailing would be better.