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9 Hours Ago 06:02 AM
Re: Ideas for cockpit shade

Originally Posted by travlineasy View Post
....unlike those dark or medium blue Bimini tops, the silver tarp reflects the heat and keeps the cockpit quite cool....
To this point, our bimini is white. At first, we were sure we liked it, being so different from the traditional blues and tans. However, we just had it rebuilt last year and stuck with white, in part for Gary's reasoning.
17 Hours Ago 09:43 PM
Re: Ideas for cockpit shade

Yep I also bought a cheapo tarp, shock cord, and 4 $1 carabiners and made myself a boom tarp this year.

I went with a white tarp which I think looks decent from a distance. When I've spent time on the mooring in the hot sun it's made a really huge difference. For less than $20 I'm thrilled with it.
19 Hours Ago 07:55 PM
Re: Ideas for cockpit shade

In Baltimore, they refer to this as a Highlandtown Bimini, which is nothing more than an inexpensive, silver, poly tarpaulin thrown over the boom and anchored down to the life lines or toe rails. Does a great job, and unlike those dark or medium blue Bimini tops, the silver tarp reflects the heat and keeps the cockpit quite cool, even on 95 degree days. Yeah, it's not purdy, but it really works well.

Good luck,

1 Day Ago 12:17 PM
Christian Williams
Re: Ideas for cockpit shade

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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.
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