Interesting that Zanshin suggests "bimini". I'd have to agree. The weather
is usually so nice down here that you'll want to spend most of your time topside. Protection from the sun and rain will add a lot to your comfort level.
is connected to the dodger
with a "bridge" of canvas
, so the whole cockpit
is shaded from the sun. We added vinyl side curtains to the bimini, which allow us to sit in the cockpit
when it's raining, and we can drop one or both of them on the windward side when sailing to keep the salt
spray out of the cockpit.
I also had a custom tarp made to fit over the staysail boom on the foredeck, above the forward hatch
, which is in the cabin
where we sleep. It's nice to have the fresh air, and not have to jump up to close the hatch
when the frequent 3 am shower
Finally, I had a 4' x 6' rectangular tarp made from Textilene, which is an outdoor fabric
that has a somewhat open weave. Ours blocks 95% of the light, but it comes in different densities. The tarp attaches to the bimini with "Lift-the-Dot" fasteners and hangs down vertically to block the sun, with grommets and ties at the bottom. Very important at cocktail hour, when the sun is low, and can be blinding. The fasteners are set all around the perimeter of the bimini at proper intervals, so that the sun screen
can be positioned wherever needed.