Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Solar Panel Location
Danny, The mounts are articulating , so any movement transferred to the mounts is not directly transferred to the deck. I installed a diagonal s.s tube to stiffen it up and I don't think at the top of my arch the lateral movement with a lot of force applied would be more than a quarter inch. So at deck level virtually nothing. I built my own S.S. solar frame and davits, very robust , and have sailed probably 3000 miles with dinghy hoisted and no visible sign of movement. Having said that , I like what others have done , a removable cable to a padeye to further stiffen things up , more the better. Hope all is good with you guys , been watching a lot of sailing in the Bay of Islands on YouTube ,looks sweeet !toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
Pat & Diane
From: Danny and Yvonne SIMMS simms@... [amelyachtowners]
Sent: Fri, Dec 1, 2017 12:38 pm
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Solar Panel Location
With those tall arches and the tendency for sway I would be concerned about the stress on the fiberglass where the mountings are attached. That sway would translate into considerable lever action on the mounting points. Over time watch for star fracturing of the gel coat.
SM 299 Ocean Pearl