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09-23-2013 09:53 PM
Re: Ideas for cockpit shade

has anyone tried taylor made anchor shade by any chance???
I wonder how it would be on a sailboat, at 7' x7' it would give ample shade, but I'm wondering about the middle post ???
09-23-2013 05:32 PM
Re: Ideas for cockpit shade

I think the OP is looking for options that don't require a bimini, as he doesn't have one.
09-23-2013 05:20 PM
Re: Ideas for cockpit shade

If you are considering making a shade you might want to consider Phifertex mesh that is a screen-like material. This is what I used. If you are interested, I could post assembly details.

Phifertex Vinyl Mesh Grey X11 54" Fabric - Sold by the Yard
09-23-2013 04:19 PM
Re: Ideas for cockpit shade

I really like the approach that Banyan (my favorite blog) took to solve the issue. Brilliant!

They discuss the solution in this thread (about half way down the thread)
Ready Ah Aye Ready | Banyan

09-23-2013 11:44 AM
Re: Ideas for cockpit shade

By the way, I discovered that the boom tent left to me by the PO is the perfect solution to this problem. Not the easiest thing on earth to put up or down, but once up it creates shade and channels breezes through the cockpit.

Here's another sailnet thread on boom tents:
09-22-2013 01:01 AM
Re: Ideas for cockpit shade

So many great ideas, but no pictures to go along with them. The pics make all the difference in understanding what you have done guys. Pics!! Pics!! :-)

You can see me broiling in the Lake Mead sun! I have the same problem.
09-20-2013 10:35 AM
Re: Ideas for cockpit shade

Find an old sail,cut it to size, and sew pockets along the front and back, use
1/2" pvc conduit slide into pockets. add a few gromets and put it over the boom, tie to life lines,. quick easy shade at dock or anchor.
09-20-2013 09:45 AM
Re: Ideas for cockpit shade

We generally rely on the Bimini/dodger connector. We also have a Genco boom tent (which didn't get used once this year). the boom tent, however, has a detachable piece which we frequently use to block the sun in the late afternoon/early evening. We simply jury rig that as required to the bimini frame. The boom tent is particulary useful in rain though becasue it has sides that extend down to the lifelines - thus our cockpit is entirely dry and useful during rain!
09-20-2013 05:28 AM
Re: Ideas for cockpit shade

I went to the local big box hardware store and bought a white canvas painting tarp, a pack of grommets and some additional bungee cords. I just bungee it to the bottom of the boom and connect to the lifeline, takes less than 10 minutes to put up or take down and folds away for storage.
09-20-2013 05:02 AM
Re: Ideas for cockpit shade

Garden shade from Home Depot or Lowes works great, is light, rolls up and stows easily.
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