Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Solar Panel Location
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Sorry to read about the fit problems with the Emek arch. I wanted to make you aware that there is a pretty easy solution in dealing mounting pad fit issues if they are not too severe. The process is to first correct the fit so that you are within 1/4” or so since 5/8” is too much IMO. Then locate and drill to install the arch as you would if it fit properly. Insert some bolts to locate the pads and make a mark on the deck for the pads. Remove the arch, tape off the area that were marked for the pads and clean/abrade the area for bonding. Wax the bottom pads of the arch, then mix up a good epoxy such as West and thicken to a consistency about like peanut butter using colloidal and high density additive. I also like to add some barrier coat additive to provide more UV protection in case the surface coating ever fails. Apply copious amounts of the epoxy in a way to minimize air entrapment and then set the arch back in place and temp. secure with enough bolts to accurately locate the pads. Do not tighten the bolts since you do not want to put stress in the arch but do wax the bolts before inserting. Neatly tool the epoxy to shape. I usually use about a 30 degree bevel so that the epoxy pad is a bit wider at the base for additional strength so if you use this adjust the sanded area on the deck as needed. Let your epoxy cure and then pop your arch back off. You know have an absolutely perfect fit between the arch and the deck. Sand up your epoxy pads, protect the edges of the pads with paint or gel coat and bed/install your arch as you normally would. I have so far never had a problem with any of the epoxy pads and like to use them under hardware mounted to the deck that is going to be stressed since with a perfect fit you don’t have hard spots where one edge of a pad is pressing into the fibreglass which often causes crazing or cracks over time.
Best of luck,
SV Sueno, Maramu #220