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Old 07-31-2020, 08:16 PM   #21
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Your rails on the upper deck are at least long enough to hang a pair of 100w panels on each side. You can prop them securely over the side decks, (so no useable space is affected) to have them fully exposed to the sun. I fold my bimini back when it gets cool on the upper deck, as the wind whistles through if I don't. I also need to collapse the bimini to go into my shelter, so a bimini mount doesn't work for me.
Pictures of mine are in the installation thread, around a year ago.

I have a pair of 160w panels so mounted. I have just returned from a month away, mostly at anchor. I run a fridge and a separate freezer. I needed my genset only for hot water on days that the main engines were quiet.
You can too.
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Old 08-01-2020, 12:57 PM   #22
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I built a hardtop to completely replace the Bimini, made it Nila core and fiberglass layup its about 10.5' long 9'wide.

I made two side supports as in pic


Didn't put top/deck on yet, it will hold three 160W panels
the top will start just in front of the mast and extend to front of the bridge
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I built a hardtop to completely replace the Bimini, made it Nila core and fiberglass layup its about 10.5' long 9'wide.

I made two side supports as in pic


Didn't put top/deck on yet, it will hold three 160W panels
the top will start just in front of the mast and extend to front of the bridge
Wow! I would love to see some higher resolution / closer pics when you get a chance!
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what would like to know/see?
here's the dry fit with 3/4 ply one layer of 9oz glass before paint.
I cut out around lights for max surface area and support all round over edges.

they are thru bolted with 5 or 6 3/8" bedded in 5200
I copied the angle of the front of the bridge
U can see the frame of the Bimini before I removed it
I have a channel on the inside for the wires to run from the panels to the controller, a fun job into engine room
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