Shade Tree Awnings, a poor review
I just purchased a set of Shade Tree Awnings and I have to say, I'm disappointed in them. We are circumnavigators, not weekend sailors, so we have elevated requirements that the Shade Trees just don't support.
First of all, they're big, heavy & complex. Next, they come nowhere close to our 10 min up, 10 min down requirement. I can't tell you how many times we've had to get up in the middle of the night to take down the (old) awnings in a surprise squall. The Shade Tree is so big & complex, they take at least 20 minutes to get them down & stowed on a nice day. ...Not looking forward to dousing the new awnings.
The material & workmanship is good, but the design doesn't cut it. Long story short, they're not ment for long-distance cruisers.