Potomac Sailmakers Twinwall Polycarbonate Sew-On Flexible Solar Panel Kit for canvas – Includes Twinwall polycarbonate & mounting tape, Screen Kit, “Sew on” Side rail-brackets and all required high temperature Velcro.
Flexible Solar Panels get hot
Solar panels get hot from normal operation upwards to 160ºF! The hotter they get, the less efficient, and the shorter their life span. Our flexible solar panel mounting solution using our twinwall polycarbonate solution solves this issue!
Flexible Solar Panel Crystals can Crack
Placing of a Solar Panel across Bimini or Dodger bows without additional support is not recommended by panel manufacturers. Doing so can crack the cell crystals leading to failure or even catch fire.
Additionally, when flexible solar panels that are affixed directly to canvas without support, oscillation induced by high winds causes is crystal cracking. Think of a flag flapping. How many times have you seen your Bimini flap during a summer squall, or frontal gale? That flapping is transferred directly to the flexible solar panel and subsequently causes crystal cracking. Our flexible solar panel twinwall polycarbonate mounting solution solves these issues!
Here at Potomac Sailmakers we are boaters first. We sat down with a major Flexible Solar Panel manufacturer and discussed the matter at the Annapolis Boat show last fall. The result was a design that meets the following specifications:
- Is lightweight
- Supports Flexible Solar Panels Across Bows
- Provides cooling which increases efficiency and panel life longevity
- Quickly removable
- Secure in heavy wind and sea conditions
- No Leaks
- No Screw hole penetration through canvas
- Makes handling and stowage safe (solar affixed to backer as “one” unit)
- Provide Chafe Protection
We offer sewing at our Alexandria, VA (Metro D.C. Area) Loft. If this is of interest, please contact us. Local customers can also drop-off and pickup items and save on shipping,
This is not a kit to mount of rails like stern rails. It is meant to be sewn onto canvas like a Bimini!