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Solar screen fabrics have been used in architectural applications such as sunspaces and greenhouses for decades CD. It's produced by lots of fabric mills and has also been very popular for use over the exterior glazed openings of southern latitude boats as well.

We decided upon Sunbrella's colorfast, tight woven fabric for our sun awning specifically to keep rain off us as well as sun. That property of course, is absent with an open mesh material.
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CruisingDad,

My sister uses that material on their boat for "side-curtains" on their bimini. they are great for taking the edge off the late-afternoon sun, and they still let the air breath a bit while allowing a good view too. I would recommend that material for this application.

However, I don't think I'd make an overhead awning out of it. For that purpose, I'd go with a standard sunbrella awning fabric, avoiding a dark color. I think the screen/mesh material works best with low-angle sun, maybe not so well with direct overhead sunlight. If I was going to go to the trouble of setting up an awing, I'd want it to provide REAL shade, not merely partially filtered sunlight.
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Two of my dockmates have sidecurtains made of that mesh and swear by it. The latest user told me his internal temp dropped by 10 degrees.
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The only issues I see with Sunbrella is the weight and size of an awning that would our boat. Though it would not span the whole 40', it would cover a lot of it. I also was optimistic that the screen/mesh would allow the heat trapped underneath to get out.

Might be an interesting experiment?
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Talking pvc INSERTS for Awning

I bought an awning on Ebay for my Hunter 260. It is suspended from the main halyard and fully wraps the mast going about 4 feet toward bow. There are pockets for 1" PVC on the ends and in the middle where the halyard attach point occurs. Looks like the bow end and middle take 4 foot 6 inch PVC pipes but the rear pocket (stern end) goes thru from one side to the other. Question is??? Should I put an 8 foot pipe thru that or just put two of the 4 footers. Not sure what the brand is and have not seen one on the internet yet today. I have seen in the past.

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I have had and still use Shade Tree awnings for my 45' Coronado. I have found them to be easy to set up and take down with two people. They are designed to "dump" any winds over 30-35 knots and we've found that to be the case. Any squalls that have come up while at anchor I've had only minor, easily repaired damage to the straps around the mast or backstay. If we have forecasted bad weather, gale force or greater, we take them down. I don't remove the wands, but move them forward and gather the awning in a bunch and take it below to remove the wands out of the weather. I have used Shade Tree for liveaboard and extensive cruising, throughout the east coast, Bahamas and the Carribean. It may be just a matter of personal opinion or preference, but I find the awnings to be superior to any I have had occasion to use or see set up. The mesh fabric mentioned earlier in this thread, I have used and found to be great for larger hatch or window covers, but found them to be heavy. They are virtually indestructable but are mostly used on motor yachts, the don't allow much wind passage but do work very well, they tend to act more as a sail at anchor, but allow visability through them. Hope you do find what works for you. This is just IMHO but I do feel Shade Tree is a good product and I would buy them again.
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Re: Shade Tree Awnings, a poor review

we have had our Shade Tree for around 6 years now, and we are still very happy with it. It is a light grey version and is very effective at heat reflection, dropping the salon temperature around 20 degrees in +100 degree heat. Only recently I broke one of the 'tent' style poles and will order a replacement. It has withstood squalls of +40 knots and the only issue has been the stitching on the pole pockets, probably to do with UV degradation as much as anything else.
This was after 5 years of summer long use. We restitched them and they are just fine.

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Re: Shade Tree Awnings, a poor review

We have also had our Shade Tree awning for about 5 years and are very happy with it. Once you get the straps set to where they should be put up time and take down time is about 10 minutes or less with two people.

We replaced our straps with some extra seatbelt material we had sitting around.
We also had to make some repairs, but this is due to us using the the shade at a dock and takes more side winds than is normal.

We are happy with the product and would most likely but it again if needed.
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