The manufacturer Kyocera Solar KD-135GX 135 Watt 12 Volt Solar Electric had already drilled holes in the panel. There was one on each end. I just enlarged those two. We had purchased three of these and one smaller one.
and or slip and go through the dodger😨
We can reach up and completely control the led blue light strips.
For instance we are sailing and want to reef. We are old school and go to the mast tethered but before we go we turn on the LED blue light strips for plenty of deck light.
Or we are anchored, we can turn on the blue LED light strips and then dim them down so they do not shine in our hatches. The switch will remember the last setting so the next night at anchor the blue LED light strips come on automatically with the photo sensor and are dimmed.
We haul anchor and reach up to the Kyocera Solar panel and click the switch off. No lights while under way at night.
We have a friend who just put two bright white LED lights under their spreaders. A nice idea and the light comes down which is nice. We tried to figure how to do that and get the wire into and down and out the mast. Never have been figured it out, there is always a hitch. They simply glued the wire to the outside of their mast and were done with it. We cannot do that, our boat is our home.
So this will hopefully do the lighting trick for night sail handling etc.
We have known people who have run their lines aft on the same boat as we have (our Islander Freeport 36'). They have complained of the lines being hard to pull because of all the turns in the blocks to get to the cockpit. We do see a problem with going up on deck when tethered and so far have watched the weather well enough to not be in a bad situation where the seas are bad and the wind is howling forcing us to get up there. Reef early and often!