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I took four flags and sewed them together in a "T" pattern with a slit down the long side, goes over the boom and to the stern... bungie and voila. if i put it up today (108 deg) ill snap a photo!
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Re: Ideas for cockpit shade

This simple cockpit cover works well and is easy enough to make. Because the poles are secured only at center, the whole rig tilts to either lifeline to screen against late afternoon sun.

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Sewmanship 3 – Cockpit Shade, Main Hatch Cover, Interior Upholstery - Blogs - EY.o Information Exchange
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Re: Ideas for cockpit shade

You need to have something in the way of side curtains if you are to avoid the afternoon sun. We did rig up such an arrangement on our girl and they work not only in keeping out the afternoon sun but also driving rain at anchor.

(I'll try and posts some pics later on)

There is also a pretty remarkable boat cover in the latest edition of Good Old Boat.

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Re: Ideas for cockpit shade

A bimini doesn't work for covering all the bases, but after last year's brutal summer (drought, multiple 100+ days) this bimini makes all the difference in the world. $135 on eBay delivered to the house. An hour to install and it covers a good part of the cockpit and over the hatch to give shade to the cabin. While at the slip, a small tarp hung over the back to the backstay pretty much makes all the cockpit liveable-even pleasant.

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Re: Ideas for cockpit shade

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A bimini is cheap compared to melanoma. There are some very cheap biminis that can be rebuilt every couple of years.
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Re: Ideas for cockpit shade

I have a backpacking hammock and I've been considering this arrangement. But is it bad for the mast and the forestay?

(Not the hijack the thread - I'm really interested in getting some shade in my cockpit when hanging out in the slip. A bimini seems overkill on my small boat so I'm curious what others are doing.)

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Jury rig, anyone??

Your smallest jib, folded (or not) and tied this way and that to shrouds and backstay or topping lift, until it's sort of a sunshade. Everyone will have an opinion as to how they coulda rigged it better than you. It'll be fun.
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Re: Ideas for cockpit shade

this is the arrangement on Seasmith.

The shades are mounted on the sides of the boom using an extruded aluminium track. When not in use are rolled up and secured with bungy straps. Very simple to unroll, bungy to lifeline and zip to the Bimini. pic shows port shade in use and zipped to Bimini and stb shade stored on boom. To rig or store shades takes less than 1 minute.

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Re: Ideas for cockpit shade

We have a dodger and bimini with a filler piece. Late afternoons, as the sun is going down was a problem for us. We picked up this idea from Windtraveler Windtraveler: When the Sun Goes Down...

We just use clothespins to attach the sarong to the bimini. Easy, and it works great whether underway, or while anchored in the Bahamas.



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