Re: All that stuff hanging off the stern-- Gel batteries, solar panels and inverter - an experience
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A friend of mine was in a typhoon many years ago in the Pacific.
After the typhoon was over the flight deck of his Aircraft Carrier was severely bent.
What do you get when you cross breed King Kong and a Parrot ?
I don’t know but when it talks you listen
Same for the ocean.
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Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] All that stuff hanging off the stern-- Gel batteries, solar panels and inverter - an experience
I do not think it realistic to cut away a solar arch at sea in rough weather. For a start you will only cut it away when you feel that you really have to by which time it is blowing a severe gale and more.
How exactly will you cut it away?
You have to be joking…
I have a solar arch, there are two feet each side, one is fixed to the toe rail which will not give way and the other to the sloping transom which is a potential weak point. I have beefed up the backing plate area on the port side as the shore power socket is located near with epoxy and glass. In addition I beefed up the glass where the mizzen back stays are attached both sides. I will observe for any flexing but to really beef it up I thing a foam knee should be glued and glassed between the transom and the hull.
With this done and assuming that no dinghy is hoisted I think that in extreme the solar panels may fly but the minimal windage of the naked arch would survive….