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Old 05-08-2012, 12:19   #1
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Saga of a shade awning... A tale of re-use

About a month ago a large torn genny was dropped of at a freinds house with the comment thought you guys could find a use for this. After openning it out we discovered that it was a roller furling sail with the luff ripped of and evidence of a proir repair to that area. The sail was in great shape... still crisp. Since none of the 3 of us needed any sails we started thinking about how to make good use of this. We decided to make shade awnings from it. So... ordered up a spool of the new sail thead that isn't affected by UV and sun and 100' of binding tape.

My freind John, who has a sailrite machine started to work. He first made awnings for his Gemini from the mast to the bow. Next he made awnings and a cockpit encloser for Joe's 33' Glander and then an awning for my Prout from the mast to 2' past the house, as well as a shade/privacy cloth to go across the back of my cockpit. All the straps were made from found on the road tie-down straps. Total cost for all 3 boats was around $250.00 for the thread and binding tape. we did not count labor cost.

Now all of use are in the shade and much cooler here in the Fl. sunshine.
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Old 05-08-2012, 15:16   #2
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Re: Saga of a shade awning... A tale of re-use

A house is but a boat so poorly built and so firmly run aground no one would think to try and refloat it.
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Old 05-08-2012, 17:43   #3
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Re: Saga of a shade awning... A tale of re-use

Yep, best use for an old sail is to cut it up and reuse it for something else. I used to carry two old Genoas with me when camping. They made nifty sun shades.
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