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Old 11-27-2010, 09:38 AM   #15
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Thanks for the great posts. We just bought our first AS (25' SS) and will take delivery in the next couple weeks. My wife and I have been sailing for the last several years but a fire at the marina destroyed our beautiful 38' Shannon Ketch. We are taking advantage of this mixed blessing to begin one of our long term goals, land cruise to as many national parks as we can between Massachusetts and Alaska. We plan to set out next April.

Our sailboat had a single 80 watt panel that performed very well, so we are very interested in adding solar to our AS. Your posts and link to AM Solar was very helpful.

Thanks again.

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Old 11-27-2010, 09:43 AM   #16
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How do you find the roof truss?
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Before you drill any holes you have to research the mount area and document what you find. Determine where the wire is going and mount panels accordingly.
Pull our a roof lamp, and take off the inside cover of the AC. This will give you a good idea where the truss are located. On the Clipper, I ran a piece of hard wire along the conduit in the roof cavity to measure where the cross truss was. Measure and record. (next time -- it will be nice to just look at the results on file rather than research it again)
So you determine, the truss is front and back of every opening, (AC, Skylight, Vent fan, and may be odd distances in between.
When on the roof, use the previous info and use you rubber hammer to confirm by lightly tapping along until you hear the solid sound of a truss underneth.
On my solar upgrade it was easy, as the anchor truss ran front and back of the skylight.


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