However, that only offers partial comfort. Plenty of 50-50 winters over the last 30 have required snow removal from the boat. Now, there are three square meters of solar panels lying flat and with a job to do. So I have gone ahead and fabricated, in prototype, the tilting arms I had intended and have elevated the starboard (north) side of the panels about 12 inches.
This should provide for snow melt and drainage [read: icicles].