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Old 19-09-2016, 02:22   #16
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Re: Shade Cloth

This stuff....

Cheap as...

Used only in port.

Rig and adjust as required through the day.....
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Old 19-09-2016, 18:39   #17
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Re: Shade Cloth

Originally Posted by admiralslater View Post
On our Outremer we have a stack pack. So I got the local sailmaker to make a shade cloth for both sides that is zippered to each side of stack pack. There is also a round batten on the outside edge. When we are preparing to get underway I just roll it up and clip it to the the stack pack where it stays until I need it again. When sailing it does not seem to cause any problems
I like this idea, it'd be an interesting one possibly needing trying out. I don't suppose it's at all set up to catch rain water?


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Old 19-09-2016, 19:23   #18
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Old 19-09-2016, 20:35   #19
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Re: Shade Cloth

We like our white heavy duty tarps. People on this forum say "they look like crap!" but when other boats see our boat with them they dinghy over to see how we made our awning out of "that great sail cloth"

We like them because they keep the rain out of our hatches - so when its super hot and it rains we get some relief. We like the white because it does look better than the ugly blue or brown tarps plus you get light through so it doesn't feel like you are living in a cave.

If we were not concerned with keeping rain out then we would go with the shade cloth mentioned - its nicer looking.
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Old 19-09-2016, 21:15   #20
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Re: Shade Cloth

Some images.

The first shows the shade cloth "slab" stowed on the boom.

The second shows the stowing line running over the boom, through eyelets in the shades with a slip knot keeping the shade stowed

In the third I have jerked the tails of the stowing lines allowing the shades to run down the stowing lines.

In the last I have tied the front end to a shroud and the back to cleats on the solar panel frame and are heading downstairs for a beer.

If I was to hurry I could probably get both sides done in about thirty seconds.

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