Top-of-pole Marine Solar Panel Mounting System - Solar Tracker
Our top-of-pole solar panel mounting system offers the best alternative for achieving maximum performance from your solar panel. The closer the panel is to being perpendicular to the rays of the sun the higher the performance. This is accomplished by both tilting and rotating the panel for solar tracking. We use this system on our sailboats and have found it to be very popular. It gets solar up and out of the way of rigging and deckspace, plus the added bonus of often not being partially shaded and adding considerably more solar power in the morning and evening as you can tilt the panel near vertical to absorb optimal power, we estimate as much as 30% more power daily.
A solar panel should be easy to adjust without the use of tools.
. The panel mount design provides 13 tilt positions. Simply pull a pin, tilt the panel and replace the pin.
. The pole mounting system enables the panel to be rotated 360 degrees and locked into position.
Installation is easy and requires only basic tools.
. Simply attach the pole sleeves to the stern cockpit rail(s) and slide in the pole.
. The pole rests on our unique ball and socket base. All pole components are stainless steel.
. The panel tilt mechanism is easily assembled and attached to the solar panel using standard fasteners. All panel mounting components are anodized aluminum.
We offer ready-to-assemble kits for commercially available solar panels and for our CMP high performance marine solar panels. We also offer a complete kit that includes everything you need to install solar on your boat; solar panel, mounting kit, charge controller and wire.
Our adjustable pole mounted solar tracking systems are easily customized to accommodate most solar panels and most boat stern rail configurations. Contact us for a quote to customize a system to your specific requirements or purchase a kit and do it yourself.
A note about our high performance solar panels:
Our experience indicates that adjusting a 100-120 watt panel 3-4 times a day will achieve power generation of up to 45+ amp-hours on a clear day. A 150-200 watt panel can produce 75+ amp-hours on a clear day.
- Determine your power requirements and select the solar panel that best meets your needs. (See our Blog and our Power Consumption Worksheet for ideas on how to accomplish this.)
- Select the panel mounting kit for your solar panel.
- Select the pole system that best fits your boat.
- Select a solar panel controller.
- Electrical ComponentsObtain the appropriate wire.
- Assemble and install your system.
Our experienced staff will help guide you through this process. Call or email us.
Top-of-pole Marine Solar Panel Mounting Kits
Top-of-pole mounting systems can be purchased as a standard kit for specific panels or custom fabricated in our shop to fit your specific solar panel. We offer two pole mounting kits to effectively accommodate both large and small solar panels. Each kit includes all the materials needed to mount your solar panel.
Solar Panel and Lift Crane Pole Mounting System
The top-of-pole solar panel mount is designed to set atop our 1.5 inch OD stainless steel rotating pole. The standard pole height is 66 inches. A custom pole height can be specified at the time of order.
The pole is attached to the stern rail(s) using our brackets. No drilling or machining is required. Brackets clamp onto the stern rail and attach to adjustable sleeves that hold the pole and allow it to rotate. The sleeves can be set to any of three distances from the stern rail for proper alignment. The center to center pole to stern rail distances are 1 1/4" (pole sleeve against the stern rail), 2" and 3". Custom extension links are available for greater distances. We offer several pole base designs to accommodate various boat configurations. Our ball and socket design is standard and our most popular.
Each kit includes the following:
1 Solar panel tilt mechanism assembly
2 Braces to attach the tilt mechanism to the solar panel
1 Set of fasteners
1 Solar panel pole - 66 inches high, 1.50 inches in diameter (stainless steel)
2 Stern rail mounting brackets and pole sleeves (stainless steel, for 7/8", 1" or 1 1/4" rails). Specify at time of order.
1 Pole base deck mount ball and socket pole base.
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The Solar Panel Mounting Kit and the Pole Mounting Kit can be purchased separately.
Solar Panel Mounting Kit Ordering and Pricing
1 Solar panel tilt mechanism assembly
Braces to attach the tilt mechanism to the solar panel
(quantity and length will vary depending on the
dimensions of the solar panel)
1 Set of fasteners
Small Solar Panel Mounting System
Large Solar Panel Mounting System
- 1) Solar panel pole - 66" high, 1-1/2" diameter (stainless steel)
- 2) Stern rail mounting brackets and pole sleeves (stainless steel, for 7/8", 1" or 1-1/4" rails)
- 1) Ball and socket pole base deck mount
- Assembly Instructions
Optional Lifting Crane
The lifting crane kit includes the following:
1 Crane arm assembly - 18 inches in length
1 4:1 block and tackle
1 50 feet of line
Mounting Hardware - Split Side Mounts
Split style mounts can be mounted anywhere on a frame — in the middle of a corner bend or even in the roof section. This creates a greater range of applications, including the use of split side mounts for installing solar panels on dodger and bimini tops.
In addition to mounting solar panels, the Split Side Mounts can be used for many applications including fixed grab rails, folding grab rails on dodgers and tensioning bars on biminis and dodgers.
For more information and to purchase go to geminicanvas.com.