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Don't sweat the sun damage for awnings. If you're sewing it yourself which is a snap, just use polyester with nylon webbing for strength and call it good. All this talk about UV damage is just hype. The way this discussion is going, I'm afraid to go out in the sun wearing my nylon flats-fishing shirts. They might decompose right off my back!! Ha!!

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Rip stop will work fine if using it on a calm sunny day. I made mine out of white as it does not absorb the heat as much as color. It still lets light light through and offers plenty of protection from the sun.
I also made one out of sumbrella. Used for days of heavier wind and scattered showers. If you spend a lot of time anchored out I think you will find uses for both.
I would also suggest as STT recommended using PVC to make support battens for the sumbrella. I used 3 foot lengths with screw connectors to break them down. Use 3/4 inch for the Sumbrella for strength.
I sued collapsible tent poles for the rip stop nylon. You can also get creative by adding zippers to attach side curtains around the cockpit for heavy rains and netting at night for bugs.

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Be aware that if you're looking to have the awnings for UV/sun protection, ripstop nylon, especially once it gets wet, provides very little in the way of UV blocking. IMHO, you'll be much better off making the awnings of heavier UV-resistant material, as you'll have far longer between repairs or replacement.
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Be aware that if you're looking to have the awnings for UV/sun protection, ripstop nylon, especially once it gets wet, provides very little in the way of UV blocking. IMHO, you'll be much better off making the awnings of heavier UV-resistant material, as you'll have far longer between repairs or replacement.
It isn't so much for UV protection as it is to just as a shade and to block any random raindrops or dew from entering the usually open hatch above the v-berth. I am replacing the v-berth cushions for the simple fact that they have serious water stains and a little mildew. The build cost on the foredeck shade so far is a whopping CDN$29 (or US$23). Even if I have to make a new one, I'll be able to use this as a pattern. The basic idea comes from this top at Defender
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