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Old 01-21-2018, 12:30 PM   #1
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Rigid solar panel as a hard top

Hi, I'm new to the forum and in proces of buying an Mark 1 with no generator and was thinking of building a hard top with rigid solar panels to charge the house batteries, will be too much wheight ?
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There is an extensive thread of one of our fellow member who exactly built this you may find it interesting as it was very nicely built.

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A Mark 1 what?
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Old 01-21-2018, 01:51 PM   #4
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How would I find the thread on the hardtop build?.
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Old 01-24-2018, 03:04 PM   #5
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Problem with a solar power hardtop is that you can't really store stuff on it (like a dinghy).
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I am right behind you, watching this thread closely. I have plenty of solar panels and soon may squire a Mark I (guess which thread we are on ComoDave....LOL)
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How would I find the thread on the hardtop build?.
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I'd like to know too. I tried searching but things like "solar" and "hard" and "bimini" are all way too common to be much help in narrowing it down.

The OP is new here. Surely a little help would be appropriate.
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I will try to find it
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Here you go:

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This is such a great forum....it really is.
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Before going ahead with a solar "Bimini" consider:
1- cannot store anything up there( as opposed to a plain hardtop)
2- how will you clean off the inevitable bird poop
3- can it be removed easily in case of hurricane or strong storm.

It's a great idea, but in practicality there are some issues.
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Before going ahead with a solar "Bimini" consider:
1- cannot store anything up there( as opposed to a plain hardtop)
2- how will you clean off the inevitable bird poop
3- can it be removed easily in case of hurricane or strong storm.

It's a great idea, but in practicality there are some issues.
1 cant store anything on a canvas Bimini. Which is what I have.
2 Hinged panels would work
3 if designed properly the hinge could be un pinned.

All solvable issues if I take my time.

Only issue I have is cant be taken down fast enough to address a sudden squal
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Thanks for the link!

I never take down my cloth bimini. Would be difficult at best, nearly impossible in any sort of foul weather. I'm not really sure this is a huge disadvantage.

What does one do about bird droppings on ANY solar panel, and why wouldn't this be the same?
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Thanks for the link!

I never take down my cloth bimini. Would be difficult at best, nearly impossible in any sort of foul weather. I'm not really sure this is a huge disadvantage.

What does one do about bird droppings on ANY solar panel, and why wouldn't this be the same?
We just experienced a CAT 4 hurricane and Biminis that were not taken down before the hurricane WERE taken down by the hurricane.
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Thanks for the link!

I never take down my cloth bimini. Would be difficult at best, nearly impossible in any sort of foul weather. I'm not really sure this is a huge disadvantage.

What does one do about bird droppings on ANY solar panel, and why wouldn't this be the same?
Hey Tom,
Not sure about the birds in Maine, tho do know something about the horseflies .... but in my experience, bird droppings do not come off with just a hose, they need some elbow grease to remove, and incidentally how are you going to get up there. You don't want to be walking around or putting your weight on them. If they cover your flybridge, it's not going to be a piece of cake.
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And as an answer to the OP, don't think a hardtop and panels would have that much of an effect on your Mark I, tho they are a bit top heavy, and do tend to rock back and forth in 3-4+ foot swells on the beam. I've never left the flybridge due to it, but you do have to hold on.
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I had a 160kw solar panel on a separate frame just above my Bimini. Kept my 2x120ah batteries charged and also ran my fridge when on anchor most days
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160kw?
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In answer to the OP, why not?
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I want one of those for the house.!
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