Sun Awnings & Boom Tents - SailNet Community
 3Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 47 Old 05-20-2013 Thread Starter
Member
 
JimMcGee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Barnegat Bay, NJ
Posts: 1,925
Thanks: 84
Thanked 55 Times in 52 Posts
Rep Power: 11
 
Sun Awnings & Boom Tents anyone use them?

I'm wondering if anyone here uses a sun awning or boom tent to keep the boat cooler while anchored out.

If you do does it make a noticeable difference in temps below?

What are your experiences when the wind pipes up?

Do you leave it up if you dinghy ashore?

What designs do/don't work and why?

95 Catalina 30 Island Time

The sail, the play of its pulse so like our own lives: so thin and yet so full of life, so noiseless when it labors hardest, so noisy and impatient when least effective." - Henry David Thoreau

Last edited by JimMcGee; 05-20-2013 at 08:55 PM.
JimMcGee is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
The Following User Says Thank You to JimMcGee For This Useful Post:
oysterman23 (05-20-2013)
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 47 Old 05-20-2013
Morgan 33 O.I. Perryville
 
travlineasy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Maryland
Posts: 4,394
Thanks: 4
Thanked 187 Times in 166 Posts
Rep Power: 6
 
Re: Sun Awnings & Boom Tents

I had a boom tent, complete with telescoping, aluminum poles, everything you needed. However, it took about 25 minutes to put it up, anchor it in place, then if the wind suddenly came up, it was a real struggle to get it down. Yep, it kept the temperature cooler under the bimini and tent, but a $12, silver, poly tarpaulin did a much better job, took two minutes to put it up, less time to get it down, held it in place with 6 bungee cords attached to the toe rails. The temperature was at least 15 degrees cooler, especially if there was a light breeze.

Now, you definitely don't want either of them up during a violent thundershower. When those winds get over 30 MPH the boom tent becomes a huge sail, the boat swings wildly and there's a good chance it will get ripped off of the boat and blow overboard. If that does happen, the loss is just $12 plus a couple bungee cords with the tarp, while with the $150 tent, well I can buy a lot of Margaretta mix with $150.

Cheers,

Gary
travlineasy is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to travlineasy For This Useful Post:
emcentar (09-23-2013), fryewe (05-20-2013), oysterman23 (05-21-2013)
post #3 of 47 Old 05-20-2013
Sea Sprite 23 #110 (20)
 
mad_machine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Atlantic City, NJ
Posts: 3,217
Thanks: 5
Thanked 69 Times in 60 Posts
Rep Power: 4
 
Re: Sun Awnings & Boom Tents

I will be putting a boomtent on my boat. But at 25 feet, it needs all the extra room it can get when out cruising on anything more than a day trip.

Art Haberland
__________________

In the end all that matters is how fully you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things that did not belong to you -Buddha

__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
mad_machine is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 47 Old 05-20-2013
Senior Pirate
 
TropicCat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Cape Canaveral, FL
Posts: 2,644
Thanks: 5
Thanked 15 Times in 15 Posts
Rep Power: 8
 
Re: Sun Awnings & Boom Tents

I agree with everything travlineasy said. We use a "Shadetree" brand Boat Awning System which is supported by 3 fiberglass poles which are installed on either side of the cockpit and arch the awning over the boom. It covers from the rear of the cockpit forward to the mast and the boat sort of looks like a covered wagon when it's erected.

Here's the link to their webpage. Shadetree Boat Awnings

But it takes time to erect and to breakdown and store and is only guaranteed for 25 knots or so.

I've owned it for 8 years and love it.

Tropic Cat

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
TropicCat is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #5 of 47 Old 05-20-2013
Senior Member
 
blt2ski's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 7,121
Thanks: 1
Thanked 40 Times in 39 Posts
Rep Power: 12
   
Re: Sun Awnings & Boom Tents

Not sure what a boom tent is. I have a canvas cover, actually a sunbrella equal that I put over the boom, then use line to tie to the upper lifelines at supports. I can put this up and down in probably 5 min per, so 10 up and down! The only issue I have with it, and the fellow that made it, did not seem to understand I wanted a zipper at about the back of the cabin, so I could open up the cover to get in . Instead he made it such that the back corner 45's up and zips into place. I can try and take a pic this weekend if interested. It does help on really sunny days cooling down the cockpit area. ALong with it is not what I would call any where near permant per say, ie needing to secure poles etc.

Marty

She drives me boat,
I drives me dinghy!
blt2ski is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #6 of 47 Old 05-20-2013
S/V Wyndwitch - Morgan 24
 
oysterman23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: South Shore LI. NY
Posts: 401
Thanks: 418
Thanked 14 Times in 12 Posts
Rep Power: 5
 
Re: Sun Awnings & Boom Tents

Hi jim

good thread thanks. Ive been studying up on ideas for my Morgan 24 which is fairly small for accessory canvas.... boom tent seems fine when on the hook, but wonder if something not quite so confining as a full bimini could be rigged without too much constriction of the genoa sheets etc.
oysterman23 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #7 of 47 Old 05-21-2013
Master Mariner
 
capta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: somewhere south of civilization
Posts: 2,913
Thanks: 55
Thanked 143 Times in 134 Posts
Rep Power: 5
 
Re: Sun Awnings & Boom Tents

We have found a product called "Sun Shade Fabric" which I bought at Home Depot. It is far superior to Sunbrella, tarps or anything I have ever used. It is a loose weave so it does not gather wind and yet cuts out 75% of the heat. I just knotted the corners and used small stuff to fasten it to the shrouds (bow string tight) 2.5 years ago just to see if it would hold up. It hasn't torn or worn even in gusts of 36 knots or more and I don't worry at all when the squalls hit that it adds a great deal of windage, being so porous.
I keep meaning to hem a new one, but this is so easy, cheap and durable that I haven't gotten around to it. Obviously it's not rain proof, but down here in the tropics it really keeps the cabin much cooler for far less money.
Never again will I pay the exorbitant price of Sunbrella for awnings.

"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

facebook.com/svskippingstone
Our Videos;

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
capta is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to capta For This Useful Post:
JimMcGee (05-21-2013), RonRelyea (05-22-2013)
post #8 of 47 Old 05-21-2013
snake charmer, cat herder
 
zeehag's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: refitting a formosa in exotic tropical locations....
Posts: 1,925
Thanks: 9
Thanked 30 Times in 30 Posts
Rep Power: 8
 
Re: Sun Awnings & Boom Tents

i have found plastic tarps to be godsend. easy up and down and it doesnt matter if they rip and tear in wind. they keep the temp here in tropical places way down..i dislike boiling in my own saloon.....
i leave em up until winds hit 17 kts then i drop em slightly so wind can still come into boat and i dont get boiled.

as formosas dont like fresh water, the first year of the plastic tarp is preventing water from hitting topsides....in summer i use air conditioner, so i have tarps to keep the usage down and water off boat. second year of using same tarps is solely sun protection and tarp tent for gato. .

i do have covers of a sort that were made for boat once upon a time--but........


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

formosa 41, cruising tropics


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Last edited by zeehag; 05-21-2013 at 06:36 AM.
zeehag is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #9 of 47 Old 05-21-2013
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Narragansett Bay
Posts: 12,881
Thanks: 51
Thanked 299 Times in 282 Posts
Rep Power: 8
   
Re: Sun Awnings & Boom Tents

I've seen people secure a beach umbrella in the cockpit. Certainly seemed easy to put up and down.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Jeanneau 54DS

In the harsh marine environment, something is always in need of repair. Margaritas fix everything.
Minnewaska is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #10 of 47 Old 05-21-2013
snake charmer, cat herder
 
zeehag's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: refitting a formosa in exotic tropical locations....
Posts: 1,925
Thanks: 9
Thanked 30 Times in 30 Posts
Rep Power: 8
 
Re: Sun Awnings & Boom Tents

there is a fella in la cruz e huanacaxtle, in nayarit, mexico, who uses an umbrella to sail his dinghy to shore...was fun to watch


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

formosa 41, cruising tropics


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
zeehag is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Boom tents- Show 'em here. Ajax_MD General Discussion (sailing related) 10 10-02-2012 12:17 PM
Shade Tree Awnings, a poor review voyagersail Gear & Maintenance 18 03-14-2012 01:58 PM
The best fabric for awnings and dinghy cove and apron? velero Gear & Maintenance 10 07-12-2010 10:15 AM
Shadetree Awnings brianontheroad Gear & Maintenance 0 05-04-2009 01:33 PM
Harbor awnings kbennett17 Gear & Maintenance 2 01-23-2002 05:03 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome