Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Solar Panel Location
Danny and Yvonne SIMMS
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Before our first ocean crossing in 2009 we fitted two panels clamped to the rail port side just aft of the cockpit. There is no need for props or braces
They are about 1/3 inside the rail 2/3 out. The clamps have hand wheel nuts that allow easy tightening and loosening. This makes it quick and easy to put them in an upright position when docking or in confined spaces. In over 40,000 sea miles in all sort of conditions we have never had an issue with seas striking them.
When we fitted them we had no time to use other options so we put them on the rail and decided that if it was not convenient or effective we would shift them to an alternative, It has proved to be very satisfactory and we have no need or desire to move them.
In 2009 the general wisdom on the Amel forum was that big arches put too much weight on the stern and the SM structure was not designed for the loads of arches . Now the arches seem to be the number one fashion statement. (grin).
Any way we are happy with what we have, but we are ocean wallopers not marina animals.
SM 299 Ocean Pearl