I am hoping to purchase
has neither a bimini
nor any sort of solar panels
. Since I am starting from scratch, I am wondering about thinking slightly outside the box in my approach.
The traditional thing would be a stainless gantry at the stern to carry panels
, and a completely separate bimini
with a canvas
cover. Nothing wrong with it, but it's going to add up to quite a bit of work
, and money
,by the time it's all done.
I've seen some people mount flexible solar panels
on top of their bimini, but it seems like the continual flexing of the panels
causes them to delaminate after a couple of years.
You can mount rigid panels on top, but then you need a separate support structure to hold them clear of the canvas
, otherwise they will chafe holes in it.
So why not use the panels themselves as the bimini?
What I'm thinking of is to have a smaller canvas section in the middle, where there is always going to be shade from the boom, and then to either side use rigid framed solar
Has anybody seen a design like this? The only real downside I can think of is that it will harder to create a waterproof canopy, but I don't think it is impossible.