Solar cells, wind generators, radar and other antennas - the list of technical equipment that can make life easier while cruising or make you more independent from land is long. These examples and other equipment are almost standard equipment on blue water yachts.
The challenge of device assembly
But also owners of older, used boats, who do not want to do without the added safety, comfort and self-sufficiency that come with the devices, often think of retrofitting.
But where do you put all the technology? After all, most devices are quite large and have special requirements for the installation location. In addition, ways for laying the cables must be considered.
One for all?
The first choice for owners who want to accommodate several energy generators and antennas at the same time is often an equipment carrier that stretches over the rear like a bracket. Veritable long-haul yachts are often already equipped with it at the shipyard - after all, it is extremely practical because almost everything can be accommodated here.
The other side of the coin: the throne at the stern is striking; By no means everyone can reconcile their idea of aesthetics with it. An increased weight and the area exposed to wind at the stern initially seem to speak against this. In addition, retrofitting an equipment carrier by the professional quickly devours several thousand euros.
Variants and DIY
So what are the advantages of the distinctive bar at the rear? How can it be retrofitted - even more cost-effectively by yourself - and what alternative options and brackets are there for installing the desired devices?