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Re: How do I get some shade?

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umbrella hat??
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Re: How do I get some shade?

Could the traveler be moved behind the locker by the backstay?
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Re: How do I get some shade?

Get a pair of new bimini brackets and move the bimini when you are doing long passages...?
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Re: How do I get some shade?

You could try avoiding the heat of the day. Recently because of an early awakening baby and the need to be somewhere for slack current I got up pretty early to sail. It was a pleasant change to baking in the summer sun, which is exactly what I do (without a bimini) when it's hot.

Sail in the early morning, and late evening. Much MUCH less U/V at these times also. When I lived in Melbourne Australia and the hole in the ozone layer was really bad, we were told to stay out of the sun if possible during 10am-3pm.



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Re: How do I get some shade?

Yeah you're not gonna get a lot of sympathy from those of us that only get a few months of summer weather every year!
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Re: How do I get some shade?

One of my friends added tracks to his bimini mount so he could move it fore and aft to suit conditions.
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Re: How do I get some shade?

moving a bimini while underway is not an easy thing to do....an umbrella hat is a more feasable option.

however, there are interestingand unusual things you can do out here....i have a mizzen so i can not only use the sail, but i can place shade under the boom so i can not toast crispy.
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Re: How do I get some shade?

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Sunbrella comes in many colours including white, light grey, silver and linen which do reflect more than they absorb. The question is really when will boaters utilize these colours?
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1) Those colors can get quite dirty, especially white and linen.
2) I find the darker Sunbrella colors to be more comfortable due to a greater
reduction in glare. I have Marine Blue on my current boat.
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Re: How do I get some shade?

i use forest green--it is just as cool under these dark colors as under blinding white in tropics and doesnt blind you or cause severe headaches as can white with the bright reflections in tropical areas.
when i use a light color over my cockpit i find it is a tad too bright for my eyes to be able to accept without pain, until it gets dirty.
grey --even a light grey--is better for eye adjustment and less obscenely bright than white.

btw--shade made by dark fabrics actually feels cooler than bright shade with glare.

is your choice--but i am in tropics and i do not use white for the reason of glare and too much brightness.
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Re: How do I get some shade?

The forward unit really is a dodger without a front panel. If you really like this boat, and want a bimini, you need to relocate the traveller to the cabin top.

IMHO, that is well worth the tradeoffs to have a real bimini, and the overall cost will be chump change versus one case of skin cancer. Even in NE, having had a bimini, I would not run a boat without one.
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