Im going to mount a couple of solar panels on my lifelines and am looking for an extension arm so that the panel can be held in a horizontal position when needed. Does anybody know where they can be purchased? Something which has an adjustable length would be preferable. I've done various internet searches but with no success.
I don't understand why you would want the "extension arms" to be adjustable. The panel in a horizontal position will get the best exposure to the sun most of the time.
I just got a couple of pieces of stainless steel tubing ( scraps from a canvas fabrication shop) and some fittings, and set the solar panel up with those as supports.
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Sorry, I am a little behind with updating the web site. Just took some pics. I need to take them off and make the cutouts for the life lines a little bigger. If I want to change their angle, I just push one side and pull the other, but they don't move on their own. Hope this helps.
The PO used paint roller extenders that are available at any home store or paint store. They are aluminum and fiberglass. They work very well. The ends are rubber coated and grip the boat tightly. The panels are mounted to the 1" rails and swivel. When not in use they hang straight down. Its a good system I think. When I add more panels I will dot the same on the rail mounted ones.
Location: Home Base: Seattle; Currently Cruising in Mexico
Boat: Tayana 37- Victoria Rose
We just went to West Marine and bought a pair of the Taylor boat cover support poles. They telescope and work fine for us. We unstalled a couple of receivers under the solar panel so the poles stay in place.
Our panels are mounted on 1" ss rails, and we use the plastic clamp mounts.