Greetings again to all who posted.
Just wanted to show you what we eventually installed based on your posts.
The material is Coolaroo brand shade material ordered from Home Depot (free shipping):
We cut two 20-foot lengths of this very light weight cloth, triple-hemmed (three 1.25-inch folds for 3/8-inch grommets) the front and back ends:
Weather-proof-stained ¾” square poplar dowel cut to 3-foot sections with 3-inch gaps for folding, nailed the ends, rolled material around all sides and finally nailed and screwed the length.
we installed eyelet screws on both ends of all sections, then rigged the inside ends to the adjacent section before tying down to the lifelines
We tied the ends to adjacent grommets on the other side (front) or to the bimini
We tied the two sections together across the top from the leading edge to the mast
. I put a leader line through the jib
clew ring and tie it to the forward rigging
line to pull the rigging line snug and as high as possible.
After starting the top forward rigging line we start the top aft rigging line, weaving it through grommets alternating sides. Once the aft rigging line is started we’ll snug up the forward top line, then finish aft. We finish up with the side rigging tied to lifelines
For stowing we leave the forward top section tied together, untie everything and lay the tent on the deck
, then fold it up into a ~3’ x 18” rectangle about 6” tall. The dowel, nails and screws spread the stress nicely and so far no straining or ripping of the fabric