Re: Researching low profile solar panels
I have the same "in front of the mizzen" arrangement as you. The issue with that arrangement is that the width of the panels is constrained by the mizzen and the boom and/or topping lift. Finding panels with the correct geometry I found challenging. The only vendor that offered panels that would work for me was a German outfit, Offgridtech.
They are not particularly cheap but their technolgy seems more than adequate, their quality is excellent, the performance works for me and their delivery is reliable. I have two of their semi-flexibles in front of the mizzen and two of their rigids on the rail. Flexibility was not something I really needed, geometry and weight were my primary drivers in choosing the semi-flexibles.
You can order direct from them or via Amazon.de. In one instance I had them ship to Italy and this year to Greece. Spain should be a snap. Their website is a mix of German and English but you can figure it out if you find yourself in a German bit.
In case you are looking at new panels that are wider than the old ones, don't just check the clearance with the sail furled. Lift the boom up to the "to-be" position of the new panels and make sure they clear. Everything may seem OK in the static position but when the boom raises, as the sail is deployed, the dynamic clearance may be much less than you thought. I put a new main on my boat this year and with the sail furled everything looked fine. However, the cut of the new sail was sufficiently different to the old one that the end of the boom, when sailing, was much higher than with my old sail. The first time I gybed, the boom hit the solar framework. An Amel boom hitting anything will put the fear of god in you. A gybing Amel boom even more so. The framework was immediately raised to clear.
Attached are some pics of an early version of my setup with my old main deployed.
Good luck with the project.
Sharki 133 Cap des Iles
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Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] Researching low profile solar panels
I have a unique setup, an arch in front of the mizzen mast where 19W flexible solar panels were installed maybe 20 years ago. They are dead.
The boat is based near Barcelona. Where is a good source to get panels in Europe? I know where to go in the US but not in Europe.
Thanks again for the help,
John Bernard "JB" Duler
Meltem # 19, Western Med